Fawkes by Nadine Brandes // Book Review

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Fiction with a fantasy twist.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Fiction

Goodreads Rating: 3.84 / 5

My Rating: 5 /5 StarStarStarStarStar

Publication Date: 10th July 2018

This book was brilliantly! It drew me in, played with my feelings and did everything a magnificent book does. It took a historic event and gave it a greatly unique story.


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.

My Review

The first thing that struck me about this book was its stunning cover. Even if we don’t intend to, we all judge books by their covers. I am so glad this drew me in because beneath this cover lies a unique and stunning story.

Thomas Fawkes is a brilliant main character. He is not perfect and we struggle alongside him as he looks for answers to so many questions. Questions he has had for a lifetime and some he hasn’t even thought of asking yet. All of the characters have a depth and the world that Nadine Brandes creates is vivid and truly intriguing.

Nadine Brandes takes a historic event – the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 – and creates a unique story with a fantasy twist. I knew little about the plot before I started reading this book and as soon as I finished it, I went and did some fact checking. From what I learned she did an amazing job at researching the Gunpowder Plot and turned this knowledge into a story that was so uniquely her own.

I loved everything about this book and I think that anyone with a love for history and fantasy will find the perfect balance when reading Fawkes.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Happy Reading !

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