Book Title: Mark of the Plague (The Blackthorn Key #02) Author: Kevin Sands Number of pages: 544
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…
(re: Goodreads @ Mark of the Plague by Kevin Sands)
Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:
– Can be read standalone (not recommended for context however)
– Layered mystery with less reliance on puzzles (though there are some) and a greater emphasis on antagonists to push the conflict
– Addition of a female secondary character; no romance
– First POV narrative can sometimes read as though protagonist is withholding information from the reader
– Pigeon feels.
My body was not ready for pigeon feels.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Mark of the Plague from Simon and Schuster Canada.