Following a series of murders, an apothecary's apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in this "spectacular debut" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). "Tell no one what I've given you."
Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex codes and puzzles and creating powerful medicines, potions, and weapons as an apprentice to Master...
In 1665, London is being ravaged by the plague, and the King's Company has been sent to Oxford--but Beth Johnson, actress and spy, is summoned back to London to deal with another assassination plot against the King.
It is 1664 and young Beth Johnson is an actress and a spy in training--so when she uncovers a plot to kill King Charles II she must find a way to alert her spymaster and prevent the assassination to prove herself.
Christopher Rowe has no idea who he is. After being shipwrecked in Devonshire, he wakes up alone, his memories gone. Villagers tell him he was possessed by an unseen evil, and only became conscious after being visited by the local witch. As Christopher tries to get his bearings, he realizes his current state may be far from coincidence. Dark events have been happening in this corner of Britain--village children are disappearing without a trace. There...
In the late seventeenth century, fifteen-year-old Kit, driven to desperation by the starvation of one brother and mistreatment of his own simple-minded twin, realizes his dream of becoming an apprentice in London but feels drawn by duty to return home to Essex.
Soon after she, her mother, and her younger brother move into an old house in an area once known as Beggarsgate, sixteen-year-old Emily begins to have terrifyingly real visions of seventeenth-century London devastated by the plague.
In 1660, after his father is imprisoned in the Tower of London, Richard Winslow goes to stay with his uncle who is in charge of the Bedford jail and there meets and is helped by the Puritan preacher John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress.