Book Title: The Assassin's Curse (Blackthorn Key #03) Author: Kevin Sands Number of pages: 384
All that’s recovered from the killer is a coded message with an ominous sign-off: more attempts are coming. So when Christopher’s code-breaking discovers the attack’s true target, he and his friends are ordered to Paris to investigate a centuries-old curse on the French throne. And when they learn an ancient treasure is promised to any assassin who succeeds, they realize the entire royal family is at stake—as well as their own lives.
Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:
– MG ‘The Da Vinci Code’ set in Paris in the 1600s
– Mystery and puzzles are based on wordplay and the nuances in language
– World building might take the assumption that readers know what each landmark looks like; might be a concern re: imagery
– Expands the lore of Benedict Blackthorn’s legacy
– Although 500+ pages (in the ARC), the dialogue reads very quickly and the story is well-paced
Kevin Sand’s The Blackthorn Key series is a middle grade book that should be on everyone’s radar. Full stop.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of The Assassin’s Curse from Simon & Schuster Canada.