TITLE: Fawkes
AUTHOR: Nadine Brandes
GENRES: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
FORMAT: ebook
PAGES: 448
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson

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Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.


I received a copy of Fawkes from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review

The king returned. People talked. Some cheered. Percy kicked things.

I didn’t have any knowledge about the Gunpowder plot before reading Fawkes. I had heard the name Guy Fawkes yes, but that’s all. I couldn’t even place that name with anything historical. So while Fawkes was an entertaining read, I also learned a lot! Though I think I should leave out the magic and the Stone Plague if I shall share my knowledge about the Gunpowder Plot someday.

Magic. What I liked probably the most in this book was the magic. I think it was completely different from the other magical books! I don’t think I have ever read a book with color magic in it. And you can’t even wield your magic if you haven’t been given your mask. Special mention for White Light, there’s one sassy colorpower!

The Plot. At first I thought the whole book would be just Thomas trying to prove himself worthy of his father. And in the end I think it kind of was. But there were such twists and turns in this plot that I haven’t even thought would happen! Besides the unexpected one, there were also some that could be realized before the actual revelation.
The Keepers are fighting for their own freedom. To be free of oppression and be able to wield just one color and not be hanged for it. While the Igniters fight for their believes and they want to be free to wield more than just one color, all of them. They all have their own stories they believe in and therefore they all think their ways of approach is right, that their cause is more important than the others’. Thomas has a lot of thinking to do while he tries to decide which side he is on or if their is the golden middle road for him to go.
I mean even I couldn’t decide whom was right and who was not! But once I made some realizations, my thought were enlightened.

Characters. At the beginning of this book I was already moaning and thought that I would yet again read a book with MC whom I don’t like one bit. Thomas felt like a little kid sulking because he can’t get candy from the store today. But he definitely grew through the story and he was more of a man than a boy at the end.
Emma, oh I love her! She’s such a role model to look up to! The courage she has to try and make things right no matter what it causes to happen to her. I want to be like her.
As for the others, I really didn’t care that much about them. Just enough to keep the story going and know what’s happening and who is who but not more than that.

All in all this book was very good! I enjoyed my time reading it. It is historical fiction which is one of my favorite genres but it also has magic! And who doesn’t like magic?




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