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Scorpia Rising

Written by Anthony Horowitz
Part of the Alex Rider Series

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This gripping final mission brings together Alex Rider's old enemies to frame the teenage superspy in an unstoppable plot of revenge, from which he can never return. Pursued from Europe to North Africa and Cairo's city of the dead - this is the twistiest and most deadly plot of any Alex Rider mission yet, and will reveal Smithers' ultimate gadget and see the shock death of a major character. Without a doubt it's a dark and shocking conclusion to the bestselling Alex Rider missions.

Some of our readers, new to the Alex Rider series, put themselves forward to read and review all ten titles. Check out their reviews below and if you click on the link 'Read full review' you will be able to view the reviews for all 10 titles.

Reader Reviews

  • Dylan Sweet, age 11 - 'I loved it and just couldn’t stop reading it.' Read full review >
  • Imogen Fisher, age 14 - 'action-packed, well written and it was full of plot twists and exciting new things. A brilliant book to end an amazing series!' Read full review >
  • William Longlands, age 11 - '10/10 Alex tries to quit but returns to MI6.' Read full review >
  • Alice East, age 10 - 'This is Alex Rider’s ninth mission Scorpia Rising.  Alex wants to stop working for MI6 when he has finished this mission. Alex has all ready dealt with Scorpia once and now they want serious revenge.' Read full review >
  • Rachel Galbraith, age 10 - 'No one does covert operations like Alex Rider...This book was excellent, I really enjoyed having a deeper understanding of all the other books in this series.' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'An exhilarating, emotional and absolutely fantastic ending to a brilliant series. I can’t help hoping we’ll meet Alex again.' Read full review >
  • Jake Fletcher, age 14 - 'The Finale. Schoolboy Alex. Spy Alex. Only the best can survive. Who will live? Who is the winner? It’s the beginning of the End; the stakes have never been higher...This finale is amazing. It’s bigger, stronger, and includes more violence than any other book.'Read full review >
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 9 - 'Alex's final mission, or is it? Alex is now 15 and wants out of MI6. He wants a normal life. Will he get his wish? Not before yet another mission and more danger!I have really enjoyed reading all the stories.  This one is one of the best in the whole series.' Read full review >
  • Mukunth Kowsik, age 13 - 'this book was the best possible ending to the series. Anthony Horrowitz has made me ride every book with Alex, and  I guess I have never had an adventure as thrilling as this series!' Read full review >
  • Chloe Mcilroy, age 14 - 'Probably the best book in the series so far - I literally couldn't put it down!' Read full review >
  • Chloe Shortall - 'I would recommend this book for teen readers looking for a novel full of action and tension.' Read full review >
  • Emily Kinder, age 14 - 'Darker and more serious than the previous books in this series Scorpia Rising is nevertheless an action-packed thrill ride featuring everyone's favourite character - Alex Rider, the teenage spy.' Read full review >


Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz

In the final book in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, Alex is trying to get his life back on track. But Scorpia has returned, and when you're the world's most successful spy, the only way out is to face your enemies. Alex's final mission will be the deadliest of all.

The Alex Rider series has sold over 13 million copies in English and is published in over 28 languages.

The story of Alex Rider, reluctant teen spy in the order of his missions:

2. Point Blanc

5. Scorpia

8. Crocodile Tears

and Russian Roulette - The Alex Rider Prequel

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About the Author

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz discussed Russian Roulette in a special live event streamed into schools on Monday 16th June. For more information go to or watch it on the window below.

Anthony Horowitz was our Guest Editor in June 2011 - click here to see the books he chose.

Anthony Horowitz is the author of the number one bestselling Alex Rider books and The Power of Five series. He has enjoyed huge success as a writer for both children and adults, most recently with his highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk.

He has won numerous awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielson Author of the Year Award, the Children’s Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards, and the Red House Children’s Book Award.

Anthony has also created and written many major television series, including Injustice, Collision and the award-winning Foyle’s War.

Anthony Horowitz as a child:
Born in north London, Anthony says, "I think I knew with certainty that I wanted to be a writer around eight." For birthdays, he asked for books, pens and a typewriter. His schooldays were not especially happy, more like something "out of Dickens or Dahl", and one reason he began writing books for young people was "to make up for the shortcomings of my childhood".

As an adult:
Anthony has an unrivalled reputation for getting boys, especially reluctant readers, into books. In 2007, Anthony was singled out by then Education Secretary Alan Johnson as the not-so-secret weapon to get boys reading. In 2008, Anthony was made the National Year of Reading’s first Champion Author due to his regular outreach work to Youth Offenders and Looked After Children throughout the UK.

Things you didn't know about Anthony Horowitz:
1. Anthony began writing because he wanted to be like Tintin.
2. He has travelled to all the places in the Tintin books (except the moon).
3. Snatchmore Hall (in The Switch) is based on the house where Anthony lived as a child. He had a nanny, two cooks, two gardens, a chauffeur … and he hated it.
4. He was sent to a revolting boarding school, Orley Farm, in north London. The headmaster and his wife featured by name in one of his TV episodes. He depicted them as mad Nazis!
5. He takes research for his books very seriously. He has walked across the Andes and visited forbidden criminal enclaves in Hong Kong. For Point Blanc, he climbed – and operated – a 150m crane opposite the Houses of Parliament.
6. He got married in Hong Kong. He didn’t understand the ceremony because it was in Chinese.
7. He spent a year working as a cowboy in Australia. This was for fun – not for a book.
8. His passion is scuba-diving. He has dived all over the world, including Sipadan in the South China Sea, where he saw hammerhead sharks.
9. He has a chocolate-coloured Labrador called Lucky. Lucky by name, but not by nature – the dog has been run over three times!
10. He is a major film fan and goes to the cinema three or four times a week. His favourite film is The Third Man. He is also a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s mysteries.

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464 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd April 2015




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