Fawkes: A Novel by Nadine BrandesFawkes: A Novel by Nadine Brandes

Fawkes: A Novel

byNadine Brandes

Hardcover | July 10, 2018

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Guy Fawkes’s son must join his father’s plot to kill the king if he’s to survive the plague overtaking his body in this reimagined fantastical history of the Gunpowder Plot. Remember, remember the fifth of November.

In 17th-century London, two forces rule the people: the color powers and the Stone Plague. Brown masks can manipulate wood. Black masks control the night. And red masks . . . well, red is the color of blood.

Thomas Fawkes needs a gray mask so he can remove the stone that has invaded his body and will ultimately take his life. But when he fails his color test, his only hope is to track down his father, the infamous Guy Fawkes, and demand his color mask.

But his father has other plans: to kill the king.

Thomas must join forces with his father if he wants to save his own life. When his errands for the cause bring him time and again to Emma Areben, a former classmate, he is exposed to a whole new brand of magic.

Emma doesn’t control just one color—she controls them all.

And she wants to show Thomas the full power of color magic, but it goes against everything his father is fighting for.

If Thomas sides with his father, he could save his own life. But it would destroy Emma and her family. To save one, he must sacrifice 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.

Praise for Fawkes:

“An imaginative, colorful tale about choosing for yourself between what's right and what others insist is the truth.” —Cynthia Hand, New York Times bestselling author of My Lady Jane

“Hold on to your heart as this slow burning adventure quickly escalates into an explosion of magic, love, and the truth about loyalty.” —Mary Weber, bestselling author of the Storm Siren Trilogy and To Best the Boys

“A magical retelling that will sweep you back in time—to a divided England where plagues can turn you to stone and magic has a voice.” —Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author

“A must-read for all fantasy fans!” —Lorie Langdon, author of Olivia Twist

“Brandes turns 17th-century London into a magical place.” —Jill Williamson, author of By Darkness Hid and Captives

Nadine Brandes once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of Fawkes, Romanov, and the award-winning Out of Time Series. Her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she's not busy writing novels about bold living, she's adventuring through Middle...
Title:Fawkes: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:448 pages, 8.7 × 5.8 × 1.12 inShipping dimensions:8.7 × 5.8 × 1.12 inPublished:July 10, 2018Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0785217142

ISBN - 13:9780785217145


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite reads of 2018 Being a long time history fanatic, going into this book, I knew a fair bit about the Gunpower Plot. When I found out that there was a historical retelling of the Plot with a fantasy twist, I knew I had to jump all over that! I remained hopefully optimistic that I would enjoy Fawkes, and then I read the first chapter... Seriously. THAT is how to start a story. I knew after just a few pages of glorious descriptions and already likeable characters that I wouldn’t be able to put this book down. Thomas stole my whole heart immediately and I loved reading his story. I find so often that YA books are mostly told from the female perspective, or a multiple POV situation; so, I was really happy to have a full book with a male POV. Thomas is charming and funny and, as I said, completely likeable. You root for him the entire time. Your heart aches when his aches. You’re happy when he’s happy. Brandes did a flawless job with having us connect with him. A fantasy world-building within a historical setting can sometimes be tricky to pull off, but Brandes did so stunningly. It was almost completely believable. I felt like I was starting to rewrite 17th century British history in my head because I so wanted her world to be true. I won’t give anything away because I honestly wouldn’t be able to do it justice. Brandes does a beautiful job at laying out the powers in her world. Knowing so much about the actual Gunpowder Plot, I appreciated the obvious effort and (what I can assume was) tireless research that went into all of the historical truths that were instilled throughout the story. I found it delightful. I can’t help but hope and wish that Nadine Brandes will continue writing historical retellings with a fantasy twist. It’s apparent after reading Fawkes that she truly shines with capability. I recommend you all read it! It won’t disappoint. This is definitely a contender for one of my top 10 reads of the year.
Date published: 2018-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own. I really wasn’t familiar with the history this was based on going into this book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Still, I didn’t expect what I got. First, I have so many unanswered questions concerning the colour powers. What are the colour power options? Why do we hear about people aligning with brown and grey, but not purple or orange? Why does red control fire but not yellow? What exactly can certain colours do? Why do you need a mask made by your parents to continue your studies? (there is an attempt made to answer this one) Is your colour alignment hereditary? If so, why does Thomas hope to align with grey if his father’s mask is black. Also, do the parents make the masks a certain colour in the hopes their child aligns with that colour? If so, what happens if the child doesn’t align with that colour? If not, how do the masks come to reflect the colour alignment of the wearer? Why do white and black count as colours? There is so much that isn’t explained. The concept of everyone having colour powers was an interesting one, but it was poorly executed if I have this many questions. I found Thomas to be really annoying and quite dense. He was really whinny and impatient and constantly complaining about his situation. And the random arguments he had with his father over his mask awkwardly inserted into sentences did not help endear him to me. They would be talking about food, and then Thomas would bring up that he still doesn’t have his mask. His dad would also promise him he would get him his mask, and then Thomas would complain to his dad about not having a mask the next day. The writing just tried too hard in the beginning. There was a sentence like 2 chapters in that was along the lines of “the clouds cried their tears of misery upon me, further adding to my despair” (not an actual quote). Just say it was raining. The thing is that the writing seemed to have given up by the end. It was like the overwritten sentences suddenly disappeared. I’m not really complaining about the disappearance of the overwritten sentences. I’m complaining about the lack of consistency. The best character by far was White Light, and it was barely in the book. It actually had a sense of humour, and it kept being ignored despite it being the only thing that actually knew how to solve the problems the characters faced. 90% of the problems in this book could have been easily solved if Thomas had listened to White Light. Overall, I really wasn’t a fan of Fawkes, earning it 1 star out of 5.
Date published: 2018-05-14

Editorial Reviews

'Set against the backdrop of the infamous Gunpowder Plot but with a paranormal parallel reflecting the real-life Protestant and Catholic conflicts of the day, this adventure tackles class and race issues...Thomas' struggle for survival and acceptance, and the chemistry he shares with Emma, make this a satisfying tale.'