Mark of the Plague

Mark of the Plague

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"The Black Death has returned to London, spreading disease and fear through town. A mysterious prophet predicts the city’s ultimate doom — until an unknown apothecary arrives with a cure that actually works. Christopher’s Blackthorn shop is chosen to prepare the remedy. But when an assassin threatens the apothecary’s life, Christopher and his faithful friend Tom are back to hunting down the truth, risking their lives to untangle the heart of a dark conspiracy.And as the sickness strikes close to home, the stakes are higher than ever before..."--Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Aladdin,, 2016
Edition: First Aladdin hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781481446754
1481446754
9781481446747
Characteristics: 529 pages ; 22 cm

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samdog123 Dec 13, 2016

This title had a slow start and although I enjoyed the first book, Blackstone key, I wasn't sure about this one, since it started off at a much slower pace. But, Kevin Sands writes with such realism and the characters are so alive--by halfway into it, I was hooked and couldn't wait for our main character, Christopher Rowe, to figure it all out. In this book, the plague has London at a standstill, and everyone is panicking. Enter Malchior, a healer and predictor of the future. As everyone begins to believe in him, only Christopher, with friends Tom and Sarah, begin to poke around and discover the truth. Blackstone Key, the first book in this series, is on the Silver Birch 2017 nominee list.

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JeanH
Dec 06, 2016

This wonderful story is sure to be the next series to watch!!

Kevin Sands has had this book written to suit the youth audience, but as an adult - I truly enjoyed it is a wonderful story. This series will suit all those who have enjoyed the action filled writings of J.K. Rawlings in the Harry Potter series.
I read this 2nd book of the series prior to reading the first book. It takes place in the times of different class positions, apprenticeship at the age of 11, black plague, the unknown spread and treatment of disease. And will stretch one to researching the 1600's on the internet / encyclopedia.

Excellent intrigue, characters, setting, plot and denoument. Language Arts teachers will also love this one!
5 stars out of 5 !!

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Jun 10, 2017

tatst2002 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 16

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