‘Fawkes’: Unique Novel Full Of History, Magic and Color!

July 3, 2019 3 Comments

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Author: Nadine Brandes
Publication Date: 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Fiction; YA Historical, Fantasy
Source: Bought
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Rating: ★★★½

FAWKES by Nadine Brandes | Book ReviewFawkes

STORY | After years of training to receive his color mask, Thomas Fawkes is devastated when two things happen. At his ceremony not only doesn’t his father attend, but he doesn’t walk away with a mask. This prompts him to seek his father out.

He finds him in London, a leader among Keepers who wish to assassinate the leader of their believed enemies, the Ignitors, King James. They believe the Ignitors caused the terrible plague that takes hold of its victims. As Thomas tries to hide his own secret from the world, and find out where he fits in his father’s, he also befriends the fascinating Emma, a girl who isn’t as she seems.

REVIEW | Back when it was new-to-store shelves, the hype for this fantasy novel was high. Or it certainly was in my circle of this book blogging community. Since fantasy fiction (whether YA or adult) isn’t really my jam, I didn’t made the immediate dash to read this one. That said, because of its popularity, I did want to read this one. Finally from during the chilled transition from winter to spring, I did just this.

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To the readers who step inside the story, you’ll find a colorful and fantastical world. There’s plenty of interesting pieces to the plot, and particularly to the fantasy world. There is plenty of imagination that the author weaves into this story though her facts are based in historical accuracy. It’s a unique blend of imaginary properties and history.

Though I didn’t love this story as much as many fellow readers do, it’s nothing to do with the writing. The story is quality, though its 400+ pages do slow the pace a time or two. My conclusion is based solely on the fact that I’ve finally – maybe – realized something: I’m not a fantasy fiction reader. This isn’t a new revelation, so I do know this isn’t really my cup of tea, but so often I’m swayed by a pretty cover or hype.

If you like unique magic systems full of historical intricacies that weave into the world, I suspect, Fawkes is a novel that will appeal to the adventurous reader in you.

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  • Brittaney B July 5, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    I’m not generally a fan of fantasy fiction either. And I did find this book a slow start for me. But after finishing it, I was deeply touched by the allegorical story contained within.

    • Rissi JC July 9, 2019 at 10:03 PM

      I’m so glad you liked this one, Brittaney. I feel like I should re-read it someday, and I’m definitely still excited to read “Romanov”! :)

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