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  • Fantastically real

    Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is a young adult historical fantasy novel set in the time and events of the Gunpowder plot. Thomas Fawkes is dying, a magical plague is turning him to stone, literally. The only thing he thinks can save him is his color mask. Once he is able to connect to color magic through it he thinks it will save him. The only problem is that his father, the famous Guy Fawkes, is the only one who can carve his mask, and Guy has not been an involved father for Thomas. Thomas goes in search of his father and gets pulled into the political intrigue of magic and politics and a plot, the real version of which is still celebrated today. For me Fawkes was a lot of fun. Blending the real people who were involved with some unique added characters and concepts that make the story all its own. Thomas as a character is still really learning and trying to find himself. He is pulled and pushed by the events and people around him, not really sure who is leading him in the right path. He wants to impress his father but also Emma who he finds a greater and greater connection to. The story from start to finish leads us along a complex path as Thomas is exposed to more and more of the world around him Overall I recommend Fawkes by Nadine Brandes as a well conceived blend of real events and people with fantasy, romance and adventure. As the characters learn that there is more that meets the surface going on, in so many instances and ways, the twists and turns we are presented with keeps us feeling for the characters and wishing everyone could win somehow. I also enjoyed the afterward where Ms. Brands gives us the historical context behind the characters, who was real, what they actually did, and where the ideas for other characters were drawn from. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)

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  • Amazing

    Historical fiction and I have a rough relationship. This book had me hooked from page one and I cant wait to dive into Romanov next!

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