The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands – Review by Gregory Taylor

20 May

Here’s a Nerdy Book Club post by my Morris Committee colleague, Gregory Taylor. I have read this book and highly recommend it.

Nerdy Book Club

the blackthorn keySecret Codes, Secret Societies, Secret Passages…

and Blowing Stuff Up

I went through a serious secret-code phase when I was a kid. I read books about how to create and crack codes. I tried to rope my friends, my little sister, even my teachers, into trading messages with me using a variety of secret strategies. I’m guessing some of you had a similar phase. To be honest, I never completely outgrew my fascination with codes.

That’s just one of the reasons I love The Blackthorn Key so much. On the day before his fourteenth birthday in 1665 London, apothecary’s apprentice Christopher Rowe decides to build a cannon. His master, Benedict Blackthorn, has written his recipe for gunpowder in code, so rivals – and naughty apprentices – can’t decipher it. But Christopher has cracked the code, and naturally wants to try it out. He convinces his best friend, Tom, to help…

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