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Review: Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

Fawkes is written by Nadine Brandes.


I absolutely love this cover.

Review-banner-miss-shanza“Fawkes” by Nadine Brandes is a retelling of the Gunpowder Plot but with MAGIC!!! The story is set in 17th century London. There are two groups of people, Keepers and Igniters. Keepers control one colour and Igniters control more than one colour. There is a silent war going between Keepers and Igniters. Keepers think Igniters are the cause of plague. Igniters think Keepers are the cause of the stone plague. Keepers firmly believe that assassinating King James would put a stop to the stone plague and everyone would get rid of the plague.

The story is told by Thomas Fawkes’ point of view. Thomas is affected by the stone plague. All Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And he must do something or he will become a lifeless statue. Even if that means being the part of the Gunpowder plot.

It was full of suspense and some sword fights. (I LOVE sword fights!!!) It kept me interested in it from start and till the end. I wanted to see how it will end. Can I say it didn’t disappoint?

I liked the character development of Thomas. The story was engaging but at a certain point it felt like it is repeating because it doesn’t have to end now. Like the problem was going to solve and now we are stuck again. That repeated event made me a bit tired. Maybe it was just me.

Some of the dialogues were interesting. I liked most of the characters.

And yeah, I liked Guy Fawkes too especially in the end.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Fawkes.

This was the first book, I have read, written by Nadine Brandes. I will read her other books in the future.

Things I Liked:

  • All the colour mask and colour power thing
  • Sword fights!!!
  • Thomas and Emma
  • Norwood


  • I liked all the secondary characters. 
  • I liked Emma but I didn’t get one thing though. Emma is shown to be a strong character. She is strong in her own way. But she is actually strong in front of Thomas but not in front of Henry or Baron or anyone else.Why?
  • I didn’t hate Henry. Yeah, I am weird!!


Love HISTORICAL FICTION? OR Do You Love YA FANTASY? OR Are you looking for a book in which something is accomplished but some part does make you cry?

Then, Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is for you!

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Let’s Connect!

So have you read Fawkes? If yes, then what are your thoughts about it? Which was your favourite character? Did you hate a character? Did you enjoy the story?

If no then will you read it? 

Share your thoughts in the comments.



13 thoughts on “Review: Fawkes by Nadine Brandes”

    1. Hi Hanya!
      It looks like we both share same taste. I also love historical fiction and I love sword fights. I mean I am sometimes like forget the drama and story and just give me some GOOD SWORD FIGHTS!!!!

      What are you reading nowadays?


    1. Hi Julia!

      Magic plays an important part in this book and not just any ordinary magic.
      The magic to control colours!!!!!!!
      If you are thinking about reading it I recommend it.

      Liked by 1 person

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