Mark of the Plague

Mark of the Plague

Book - 2017
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As the plague decimates London in 1665 and an assassin threatens the apothecary's life, apprentice Christopher Rowe and his faithful friend Tom, following a trail of puzzles, riddles, and secrets, risk their lives to untangle the heart of a dark conspiracy.
Publisher: New York :, Aladdin,, [2017]
Edition: First Aladdin paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781481446754
Characteristics: 529 pages ; 20 cm


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JCLChrisK Oct 31, 2017

A sequel that is easily the equal of its predecessor, this one set during the Great Plague of London that ultimately killed one in five of the city's residents. Of that first book, I wrote:

"A gritty historical setting, a murderous cult, puzzles and codes to decipher, and explosively destructive science, all packaged within a fast-paced mystery that keeps the protagonist and readers off-balance. I'm requesting the sequel as soon as I finish writing this review. Definitely recommended."

Replace the cult with potentially fraudulent plague doctors and cures, and all of that applies just as much to this one, which I couldn't put down. I'm ready for book three.

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.

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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