Author: Nadine Brandes
Published: July 2018 by Thomas Nelson
Genre: Fantasy / Historical Fiction / Young Adult
Curious to know what this book is about and what I think of it?
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 centuryLondon. 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. 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.
Listen to a sound clip from the audiobook here.
Nadine once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She’s the author of Fawkes and of the award-winning The 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 Earth or taste-testing a new chai. Nadine and her Auror husband are building a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.
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I’m currently reading Fawkes and so far I really enjoy the story!
Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
The story of Fawkes is narrated by Thomas Fawkes, the 16-year old son of the famous Guy Fakwes. Thomas is a student at the magical Color Academy and on the day of his color test he is supposed to get a mask from his father. Getting a mask and doing the color test will make him in control of one color. His father doesn’t show up and instead Thomas gets a note saying his father will not be gifting him a mask. This means Thomas isn’t allowed to take his color test and he is send from school. He leaves on a mission; Find his father in London and get his mask. His journey isn’t easy. He is maskless and he is affected with the plague, which turns his face into stone.
Historical fiction is mixed with fantasy and magic in this wonderful novel.
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