The Assassin's Curse

The Assassin's Curse

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"Wherever Christopher Rowe goes, adventure—and murder—follows. Even a chance to meet King Charles ends in a brush with an assassin. 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. In the third heart-pounding installment of the award-winning Blackthorn Key series, Christopher, Tom, and Sally face new codes, puzzles, and traps as they race to find the hidden treasure before someone else is murdered."--From publisher.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin, 2017
Edition: First Aladdin hardcover edition
Branch Call Number: FICTION SAN
Characteristics: 532 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Jul 17, 2019

I really enjoyed it because like all good books there is a mystery to it. this book had the smartest teenager ever. He solves a lot of clues which saves his friends

Feb 25, 2019

A fabulous book in a fantastic series!

Jan 18, 2019

I binge read them all! Best read ever! The 3rd and 4th audio books are my favorite! Listened to the 4th one (call of the wraith) over a weekend on my phone! Loved these books 100%, if i could give this series 100 stars I totally would!

JCLChrisK Jul 26, 2018

"She didn't moan like Tom. She did, however, look at me like I'd lost my mind. 'I really don't think we should set fire to the Louvre,' she said."

Though he has always aspired to merely become a master apothecary, Christopher Rowe is rapidly developing into an international spy. After saving the king in the course of saving his own skin while solving his previous two mysteries, he and his friends are sent undercover to Paris to protect the king's sister from an assassination plot. There they discover that solving the riddle of the missing treasure of the Knights Templar is key to their success. Once again their adventure involves secret codes, hidden knowledge, medicine and poison lore, mysterious associations, conspiracies, and disguises, plus court intrigue and cryptic history. This one adds a Da Vinci Code dimension.

This remains one of favorite ongoing series. The action and drama are spot on, and I especially appreciate the historical realism: "We smelled the city before we saw it. Tom scrunched up his nose. It was like someone had stirred a rotten egg in a chamber pot. 'What is that?' 'Your new home.' Sir William, riding next to our carriage window, nodded forward. 'Welcome to Paris.'" Life is gritty and the stakes are very real--major characters have suffered injuries and death--and the protagonist solves his problems not with a sword but with scholarship and science. Highly recommended.

Jul 04, 2018

Tom is amazing, Sally actually DEVELOPED A CHARACTER (is there something between her and Christopher? Hmmmm.....) and Christopher Rowe is as amazing and intelligent as ever. The whole plot kept me reading for ages at a time and the deaths/incidents were unpredictable and at times scary.
Love the whole "I'm a true son of England" thing, had me crying with laughter. I love Tom

Sep 23, 2017

Amazing book, best book in this series, 2nd book wasn't all that good, but loved this one!

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Oct 13, 2017

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JCLChrisK Jul 26, 2018

"But I don't want to go to Paris. It's full of foreigners."

"Actually, in Paris, we'll be the foreigners."

"Englishmen can't be foreigners, Christopher."


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