‘Fawkes’ by Nadine Brandes was a playful history lesson.
Synopsis: Thomas Fawkes comes from a family of Keepers; a group of people who believe that talking to White Light is a sin and that one colour is more than enough to bond with. Igniters are the opposite; they believe that White Light is the ultimate colour and because it allows you to speak the language of more than one colour, why shouldn’t you? Both sides have their views and opinions but an Igniter king sits on the throne. Thomas has the Stone Plague and he is also without a colour mask, moving to London sparks his journey to become a conspirator in the Gunpowder Plot to unseat the king. But is Thomas doing it for the right reasons? Has he found his truth?
I didn’t know much about the gunpowder plot apart from Guy Fawkes involvement and that we celebrate the anniversary every year but after doing a quick search on it, it’s almost an exact retelling except for the fact the characters have magical colour masks. It was like a loose history lesson which I am grateful for (I could probably hold a decent conversation on the topic now) but at the same time, I don’t think it was what I signed up for.
I didn’t particularly like any of the characters in this book. It’s difficult with historical figures because you can’t really make them do or say something they wouldn’t have in their time. So with that in mind, I didn’t feel any connection with the conspirators of the plot. Thomas as a character is alright, I found him to be quite selfish at times and easily led be other people. I’m semi happy that he came to his senses towards the end and that he was able to move on from the failed plot with Emma.
The cover for this book is amazing! Whoever came up with the design is a genius because it instantly captured my attention. I remember seeing cover reveals for this book over a year ago and got immediately upset over the fact that I wouldn’t be able to read it until this year. So, huge props to the design team because it’s eye grabbing! This story was okay. The magic helped flesh out more of the motives and beliefs but it wasn’t enough for me. It was a fun, interesting read but I doubt I’ll ever read it again.
“My train of thought felt rebellious, but also… organic. Cleansing. Like that was what men were supposed to do. Be seekers of the answers and the truth. To be above the influence and opinions of the outspoken.”
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