Christopher Rowe, apprentice to master apothecary Benedict Blackthorn, is learning all his master’s secrets – like how to decipher complex codes and puzzles and how to transform simple ingredients into powerful medicines, potions, and weapons. Christopher’s beloved master guides him with a firm, steady hand – a confidence even more vital as Christopher learns of a mysterious cult preying on London’s apothecaries.
The murders grow closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop – until Christopher is torn from his home with only a cryptic message and a warning from his master: “Tell no one what I’ve given you”. Aided by his best friend, Tom, Christopher must race to decipher his master’s message – and follow a trail of deceit toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.
This book is suitable for readers between 10 and 14 years of age.
Potions, puzzles and the occasional explosion are all in a day’s work for young apothecary Christopher Rowe. Murder is another matter. A brilliant, fast-paced adventure perfect for fans of Percy Jackson.
Since escaping from university with a pair of degrees in theoretical physics, Kevin Sands has worked as a researcher, a business consultant and a teacher. He lives in Toronto, Canada.