Review: Fawkes by Nadine Brandes


Title: Fawkes
Author: Nadine Brandes
Date: July 10th 2018
Pages: 448
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is a YA fantasy retelling of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The protagonist is Thomas Fawkes, a sixteen-years-old guy, who goes to London looking for his father, the famous Guy Fawkes. After catching the Stone Plague, in fact, he stopped receiving letters from his dad and the latter didn’t go to Tomas’ Color Test to give him his mask which would have bonded him with a color.

However, after finding his father, he will learn that there are more important things at risk than his Color Test.

I loved the premise of the book, but I thought the story was quite flat. It didn’t catch my interest throughout the book, and apart from Thomas, Emma and Guy Fawkes, the other characters lacked depth. I was also irked by some scenes in the book that I will further explain.

Thomas seemed a little arrogant and I was surprised by his love for Emma, who was the girlfriend of the boy who had always bullied him. She never tried to stop Henry from mistreating the protagonist and she even laughed at some of the mockery thrown at Thomas.

He was seen with the Stone Plague in an inn and didn’t escape, as would have done a person aware of the fear people had, but preferred going to sleep.

There are some misogynist things in the book, despite the fact that one of the messages was against racism and slavery. For example, I read the sentence “You worry like a woman” and there was the trope that one of Emma’s characteristics was that she stood a level higher than other ladies because she didn’t show her cleavage, thus being more elegant and proper.

The only thing I enjoyed about the story were the various messages the author wanted to convey. This novel teaches you to follow what you believe in and that everyone is equal: there are no inferior races.

The writing style was fine, but the plot seemed dragged on and I couldn’t enjoy Fawkes as much as I had hoped. I give it 2 out of 5 stars.



About the author

I once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. I’m also the author of the award-winning The Out of Time Series and my inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When I’m not busy writing novels about bold living, I’m adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. I and my Auror husband are building a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.



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