Fawkes Book Review

Another book review!!!
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is one of my all-time favorite books! IT'S SO AWESOME!!!!!

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.

This was such a good book. It's like one and a half inches thick and I read it in a little over two days! There are about fifty chapters and 448 pages. 
The plot was so well crafted and the plot twists so unexpected especially regarding my favorite character. I love everything about the story even more than Romanov.

Content Warnings: There is mention of blood (not as much as in Romanov) and several characters die. There is something called Color Magic (which I think is so awesome btw but others might not like it) and basically, when you have your Color Mask on, you can speak to the colors and they will do what you want them to do. Esample, in one scene, Tomas is walking through some muddy street and a mud ball is hurled at him by color magic. The person who threw it at him was wearing a brown color mask. (In my opinion, you are either going to love this or hate it)
There is a romantic relationship between two characters as stated in the synopsis and they do kiss. 
And I think that's it.

Messages/morals taught: There are a lot of morals throughout this book, one of my favorites is the allegory-like semblance between God and something they call The White Light. If you read this book, you will know what I am talking about. 
There is also a good message about judging others and how people are not always what we think they are. 
I could go on and on but that will have to do for now. 

Estimated age range: I would rate this book 13+ or in movie ratings somewhere in between PG and PG13. There are some scary moments it's not too bad. 

All in all, I would give this book a five out of five rating because it is SO GOOD!!! I'm just dying to fangirl with someone over it but none of my friends have read it yet.

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? Do you like the Color Magic? 
I'm thinking about doing a book review every month. Which book would you like me to review next?


  1. I loved Fawkes! It was so beautiful, and I loved all the plot twists.

    (btw, I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award! Sorry if you don't do tags http://true-story.com.au/2020/02/the-mystery-blogger-award/)

    -Trudy the YDubber :)

    1. It's so amazing!!!

      Thanks for letting me know. I'm sorry I didn't get to this sooner. I'll get to it as soon as I can!


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