By Anthony Horowitz

Get ready for action, adrenaline and adventure in the latest explosive Alex Rider mission by bestselling author Anthony Horowitz, now in paperback.

In this adrenaline-fuelled adventure in the number one bestselling series, Alex Rider is sent by MI6 Special Operations to infiltrate a new and sinister organization known only as Nightshade. Alex is on his own, with the fate of thousands of people resting in his hands.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406390629
  • Published: 01 Apr 2021
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 448

More to explore...

  • Snakehead-The-Graphic-Novel
  • Nightshade-Revenge
  • Groosham-Grange-Graphic-Novel

More books for age 9+

  • Future-Hopes-Hopeful-stories-in-a-time-of-climate-change
  • Saving-Celeste
  • About-This-Boy-Growing-up-making-mistakes-and-becoming-me

Customer reviews


'As ever, the plotting is meticulous and the pace relentless, but what is new is Alex’s dawning compassion for other children.' New Statesman

'Pacy and ingenious, as usual, this novel demonstrates a high level of philosophical complexity as it considers the nature of cults, religious extremism and our responsibility for each other, as well as involving karate, explosions and jumping out of planes.' The Sunday Times & The Sunday Times Ireland

'Anthony Horowitz is second to none at writing page-turners that children are desperate to read. Now he’s back with Nightshade, his 12th gripping adventure about teenage superspy Alex Rider.' Sunday Express (S Magazine)

'Anthony Horowitz is on cracking form here: the plot is gripping, the characters — both familiar and new — are fully fleshed, and it sparkles with his characteristic wit. We could do with Alex Rider now . . .' The Daily Mail

'It's a chunky book and all the better for it. Filled with the usual pulse-quickening adventures from the teen super-spy, expect your young readers to disappear inside its pages entirely. Great.' Angels & Urchins

'Fizzling with suspense, Nightshade is fast paced and thrilling – a delight for newcomers and old fans alike. It’s difficult to keep up the momentum in a series that began two decades ago, but once again Horowitz proves he is a master of his craft. Hopefully, this is not the last we shall see of teen hero Alex Rider.' Belfast Telegraph

'Nightshade is stomach-churningly fabulous.' Amanda Craig

'Featured in the Irish Examiner in ‘Page Turners for Every Bookworm’.' Irish Examiner

'Featured in a full page interview with Anthony Horowitz in SFX Magazine.' SFX

'The Nightshade virtual launch was covered in the Evening Standard.' Evening Standard

'Nightshade is an exhilarating page-turner that will thrill existing Alex Rider fans and convert new ones.' Booktrust

'Featured in The Week Junior in an author interview with Anthony Horowitz.' The Week Junior

'Featured in a full page interview looking back at 20 years of Alex Rider in First News.' First News

'Featured in an interview with Anthony Horowitz in The Daily Express.' The Daily Express

'Featured in The Sunday Mirror (Notebook).' The Sunday Mirror (Notebook)

'Featured in The Northern Echo.' The Northern Echo

'Syndicated as ‘Children’s Book of the Week’ by the Press Association and featured in a number of regional newspapers.' Press Association (syndicated in regional publications)

'Featured in an interview in the Radio Times with Anthony Horowitz in a discussion about the upcoming release of the Alex Rider TV series.' The Radio Times

'Featured in ‘Stories to Charm on Endless Days’ in The Sunday Times.' The Sunday Times

'Featured on Crime Review.' Crime Review

'Nightshade is one of those books I never wanted to end. If I’d had the choice, I would have gone straight onto the next book in the series, and I know it’s a reviewer’s top cliché, but for me, Alex’s next mission can’t come too soon. Here’s to Alex Rider, reluctant teenage spy, and the next 20 years! And with a second series of the equally entertaining Amazon TV series now in post-production, fans won’t have too long to wait for their next fix.' Crime Review

Write your own review

By submitting a review you grant us the right to display and use it in any way; please read our General Legal Notices for full details. If you are under 16, please obtain your parent/guardian’s permission before submitting or ask your parent/guardian to submit on your behalf.


Find your local bookshop:


Also available in:


Recently viewed