Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Fawkes” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,435 ratings  ·  966 reviews
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 century London. And when the king calls for p
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Thomas Nelson
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Fawkes, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Jenna My least favorite subject is learning about history, and I adored this book! It is outstanding and the history was actually really interesting to…moreMy least favorite subject is learning about history, and I adored this book! It is outstanding and the history was actually really interesting to learn about since a lot of it in the book was real. I would recommend this book. It had a great adventure, murder plot, and fantasy elements. :D(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.86  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,435 ratings  ·  966 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Nadine Brandes
Nov 13, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

(Okay can we take a minute to talk about how Goodreads has a "read", "to read", and "currently reading" option...but what about "wrote"? Because just clicking "I read this book" doesn't really capture what me and this book truly went through.)

*added later*

Per request from several readers, I have included a content guide below:


This book is recommended for readers ages 14 and up.


C.G. Drews
I'm always here for a good bit o' dark magic and assassination plots, so I was really excited to read Fawkes! I also know like NOTHING about the original Guy Fawkes, so this reimagining of London with Guy Fawkes' son as the narrator, and add in a bit of a devastating stone plague and a magic system based on colours?! Well it was great. Also I learned a lot! I mean, apart from the magic. 95% sure the Brits didn't have magic...or did they and hello hOGWARTS' ORIGIN STORY. Mwahahah...

okay um yeah, I'll stop.
Ivana - Diary of Difference
Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest |

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is one of those books that draws you into a world, enlightens you with its magic, and then sends you back to reality, so you can enlighten others while you glow.

Nadine used the history of Guy Fawkes and the failed attempt to blow the parliament as a base to her story, that follows Guy Fawkes’s son, Thomas, into an incredible magical journey.

‘’A foundation of truth represents what life was intended to be.’’

Thomas is about to get his mask, that is supposed to
Katie Grace
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you think the cover is epic, just wait until you read the book. SO GOOD.
Kelly Brigid ♡
“Not a single day has been promised to me. Do not deny me this moment.”

Firstly, I need to express my admiration for the stunning cover. I’m an absolute cover-judger and I must say that the art work is so alluring! It is what first drew me towards this book, and the synopsis only reinforced my initial desire to dive into the story. With that being said, I’m afraid I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I had hoped. I’m not a huge historical-fiction reader, but a retelling of the Guy Fawkes assassination attemp
A parallel England, 1604
Thomas Fawkes is embarrassed. He’s sixteen now, the only student at St. Peter’s Color Academy in York who hasn’t been given his own mask and can’t speak to any color. (I’ll explain to the best of my ability, something the book itself neglects to do).

Thomas gets booted from school. With no friends or family to take him in, he heads to London, drawn by the rumor that his father, Guy Fawkes the famous mercenary, has returned to England.
After a number of misadventures, Thomas stumbles upon his
Jill Williamson
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. This is a brilliant book that fulfills every expectation. Brandes turns 17th century London into a magical place. I was captivated by the allegory of her magic system and how she blended that fantasy with history. I highly recommend this gripping and beautifully crafted book to all as it will leave you both entertained and pondering matters raised in the storyline long after you’ve finished reading.
Serethiel ☽ ✨
5 stars

// f a w k e s

OH. MY. WORRRRD. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.


Thomas was so relatable; Emma was fantabulous. The worldbuilding was wonderfully immersive. The story was just SO masterfully written, so fantastically told... THE ALLEGORY. WAS. INCREDIBLE.

I just. Aaaaaaaaaack. I NEED NADINE'S NEXT BOOOOK! 😍😍😍
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2
In a mix of historical fiction and fantasy, Thomas, son of Guy Fawkes suffers from a plague ravaging England that turns its victims to stone. He’s managed to conceal the sickness behind an eyepatch, but when his absentee father fails to send the mask he needs to complete his magical ceremony, he is tossed out of boarding school before his powers can manifest.

But when he arrives in London and finds his father, he becomes mixed up in the Gunpowder Plot. I found the historical fiction aspect of th
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a perfect example of why I ABSOLUTELY LOVE historical fantasy when it’s done well—it’s grounded in facts but leaves plenty of room to be wildly imaginative. And wildly imaginative is exactly what this book is! Even as someone who doesn’t typically read about magic, I’ve got to admit that a color-based magic system (with MASKS and a stone plague) is so creative and pretty cool. Throw that inventive magic into London and the Gunpowder Plot, and you get a fabulously vivid setting for a ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, ya, fantasy
I love the gorgeous cover and liked the sound of this book but unfortunately it didn't live up to expectations. Based on the story of Guy Fawkes, Nadine Brandes retold the gunpowder plot in a magical version of England. Unfortunately I never got a clear idea of the system of magic or more importantly why two factions with different beliefs were constantly trying to kill each other (and the King).

What I did understand was that a year before finishing school, students in special colour schools wo
R.F. Gammon
Okay, so first of all, a MASSIVE thank you to Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this book!!!!!

Now let's talk review.

Wow! I read the Out of Time series not long before blasting through Fawkes, and while they're both very different (and I think that in general I liked OoT a little better) they both have a distinctive Nadine feel to them. So that was really awesome.

The premise of this book is the Gunpowder plot, a real event in England in the early 1600s where a group of pl
Deborah O'Carroll
(First posted on my blog HERE.)

I finally read FAWKES and, awkwardly, I didn’t love it. *shifty eyes* *stows self away behind fortifications*

Firstly, taste in books varies, and this review is just my personal opinion! FAWKES wasn’t my cup of tea, but if it’s yours, that’s great! I feel like nearly everyone I know loved this, and I’m sad that I didn’t. I enjoy books in general, but this one unfortunately did not click for me.

Negative reviews are not my forte, but this wa
Nicki Chapelway
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book. This book was so good. It has me at a loss for words.

This isn't my usual genre. I don't tend to really like to read fictional historical novels having to do with actual people from history, but I've been branching out lately. And the books that I have read have all been excellent and have actually deepened my understanding of history even despite the details that are muddled.

I think maybe my favorite part of this book was actually the description. It wasn't ove
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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 century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.
But what if death finds him
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full Review

This was surprising good for historical fiction

When I started this, I didn't even know it was inspired by true events but as they kept mentioning people that I've heard of (King James, Martin Luther) I had a feeling the story was a metaphor!

What I liked

- I loved the fantasy elements! I liked the idea of colour magic and how if you have control over a certain colour (eg, blue), you can control any element with that colour, with the help of a mask of the same c/>
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.75 stars.

Historical fiction has always fascinated me in the sense that I am reading a story that takes place hundreds of years ago. I get to read about how people lived back then, important historical dates and figures, as well as learning something new.

Add in elements of fantasy to them and it makes the reading all the more fun. You'd never expect to see magic in a story that takes place in 18th century USA or in 14th century Asia. Any time in history is fun to read about.
4 stars

There has always been fear. There will always be fear. It's up to us to stand tall, even when the fear demands we bow to it.

I reeeeeally enjoyed this!

It was a tiny bit slow at times and I didn't really care for Thomas (he was kinda selfish and whiny) but I loved the rest of the characters and the story was awesome. The historical fantasy aspect was great and I loved the masks, the colour powers and the fact that Guy Fawkes and the plotters were actually in the book.

EMMA IS MY QUEEN! I just lovedAlso,
m a r y l i z
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it

I'm going to need time to recover, my friends. Just . . . my mind is blown.

L I K E S:

- The characters were kind of phenomenal. It's been a long time since I've read about characters who completely stole my heart. THEY WERE AMAZING. I expected to dislike Thomas, especially since (spoiler alert :P) he's really selfish at first. But personally? I thought he was extremely relatable and human, and he had one of the greatest character arcs I've witnessed in a while. Is he sel/>L
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
~3.5 stars~

This one was a lot different than I was expecting...I liked Nadine's writing and the narrator's voice was great! (Always enjoy accents :P lol) Idk, just some things felt weird to the white light. I did not know if it was supposed to be good or bad and it was a little bit confusing....and a little creepy honestly lol It was not terrible, just not what I was hoping for I guess.
Katelyn Buxton
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, when I heard that “historical fantasy” was actually becoming a real genre, I was skeptical. In my head, the two terms tended to cancel the other out, so what could there possibly be left to write about? Worse, would it be hard to tell what was true and what was not? However, my skepticism wasn’t the totally cynical kind, so I picked up Fawkes when it was on sale a while back so I could satisfy my curiosity.

And wow. My skepticism is gone! Thomas was an intensely root-for-able protagonist,
Lisa Elis
Oh wow Nadine Brandes DELIVERS AGAIN and I'm an eternal fan 😂 This book is set in autumn/winter so HEY YOU ALL PERFECT TIME TO GO READ IT!!

I started reading and the first third of the book was kinda slow?? So slow that I let off a third way through for TWO MONTHS basically. Until a great friend reminded me I SHOULD BE READING THIS so I quickly picked it up and SWOOOSH FINISHED IT THAT VERY DAY (I think??).

So yep other than that slow beginning I DEFINITELY ADORE THIS BOOK.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fawkes is a Historical Fantasy retelling of the Gunpowder Plot, from the perspective of Thomas--Guy Fawkes' teenage son. It follows his struggles and journey as he becomes part of this plot to kill the king and rid England of the terrible Stone Plague. The very plague that Thomas himself is slowly dying from.


I'm an avid reader of anything Nadine Brandes writes, and I had high expectations coming to this book. Fawkes stood up to each expectation and absolutely hooked me in from the very beginning.

Tbook. Fawkes
Safety is an illusion, Thomas Fawkes

* * *
3 / 5

I loved the premise of Fawkes: historical British fiction with a fantasy element. Thomas Fawkes is the (invented?) son of Guy Fawkes but added into this classic story of gunpowder and treason and plot is a really innovative magic system. But on the downside, this was a very long and slow read for the length.

Hadn’t I always dreamed of being her knight? Saving the day? Only I’d saved nothing. She’d been her own knight and I’d stood by l/>Hadn’t/>I
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally, Fawkes was not a book I thought I would be interested in reading. Though historical fantasy sounds good to me in theory, it's always been hard for me to get past the meddling in history that the genre requires. However, in more recent years (and strangely enough, the more I learn about history) the less concerned I've been with this. Case in point: My Lady Jane. A few misgivings aside, I thought it was a hilarious and impossibly charming historical fantasy.

Fawkes, therefore, suddenly looked/>,
Lila Kims
Color me impressed.* What a fantastic story! I felt so connected to Thomas (he's incredibly relateable), and the tight plot + unique magic system kept me eagerly turning the pages.

I'm so glad I got the opportunity to pick up this book, seeing as I've been dying to read it basically FOREVER. Now I can officially call myself a Nadine Brandes fan! :D

*pun totally intended
Addy S.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ah, but you have something they don't.

And what's that?

Something worth fighting for.

Wow. THIS BOOK. Ever since reading the A Time to Die trilogy by Nadine, I just knew I had to get my hands on Fawkes! Her writing is p h e n o m e n a l, and the whole storyline of this one captured me from the beginning. While it took me the majority of January to read it, I still loved it, and can't wait to read more from her.


-Language: n/a
-Romance: one kiss, hand-holding, nearness/affectionate gestures, male/f/>Something/>And
Um, how could I NOT give this brilliant book five stars???

Review to come when I'm not lazy.
Faith M:)
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars:)

This book had been highly recommended to me by several people, and I can see why! Ms Nadine Brandes is an excellent writer!

Swearing- None! I really appreciate this! It's so hard to find books with no swearing these days. A couple mentions of people swearing under their breath, but no actual swearing.

Romance- There wasn't much in this area, and all of it was clean! There is one kiss, but it's not descriptive.

Violence- I wish that there would've been less of this, but the back of this
Liz F.

I'll definitely be reading more from this author. :)
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The End of All Things (The Kinsman Chronicles, #1c)
  • Merlin's Nightmare (The Merlin Spiral, #3)
  • The Story Peddler (The Weaver Trilogy, #1)
  • The Golden Vial (Legends of the Realm, #3)
  • The Hive
  • Unbreakable (Unblemished, #3)
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Secret of the Realms: An Extended Novelization
  • Oath of the Brotherhood (Song of Seare, #1)
  • Mark of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga, #1)
  • Shadow Hand (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #6)
  • The Rose and the Briar (Faraway Castle, #3)
  • Between Before and After
  • Mythical Doorways
  • Accelerant (Abiassa's Fire, #2)
  • The Wounded Shadow (The Darkwater Saga, #3)
  • Half-Blood (Ilyon Chronicles #0.5)
  • Aligned (Immortal Essence, #0.5)
  • Reclaiming Shilo Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, #2)
See similar books…
NADINE BRANDES once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of FAWKES, ROMANOV, and the award-winning 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, her Auror husband, and the ...more
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“Take a breath, Thomas. There has always been fear. There will always be fear. It's up to us to stand tall, even when the fear demands we bow to it.” 19 likes
“Have you no honor to stand for your beliefs?” “Standing for my beliefs isn’t always the same as standing for truth.” 13 likes
More quotes…