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Scorpia Rising

Written by Anthony Horowitz
Part of the Alex Rider Series

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This gripping 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 twist 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 >

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Scorpia Rising 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 mission will be the deadliest so far...

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

For more news and chat visit the Alex Rider facebook page and find out more about the series and special Alex Rider events at


The series that has re-invented the spy genre Independent

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About the Author

Anthony Horowitz

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. He was invited by the Ian Fleming estate to write the James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis and his most recent novel, Magpie Murders was a Sunday Times bestseller. Anthony also wrote the highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty. He has won numerous awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielsen 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. In 2014 Anthony was awarded an OBE for Services to Literature. Click here to read more information about the author.

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.

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Book Info


464 pages
Interest Age: From 9 to 16 years


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd April 2015




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