Remember, Remember the fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, ‘twas his intent
To blow up the kind and Parliament;
Threescore barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow.
By God’s providence he catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
So starts Fawkes by Nadine Brandes. With a poem that is memorized by many a school child in England. I didn’t personally know it, but I knew of the incident with Guy Fawkes. Once that connection was made I had to read this book.
I so relished reading this historical book with a twist. The facts and what is going on in history at that time is accurate, but Nadine adds a twist. Instead of Protestants and Catholics, the Ignitors and Keepers are the two parties at war with each other.
The Keepers believe those that control one color are the ones who know correctly and the Igniters, those who control two or more colors, are heretics. Keepers think that working with and controlling the White color is what causes the plague that turns a person to stone. The Igniters believe that the old thinking is what is causing the Plague.
Guy wants to rid the world of the plague and hatches at plot to blow up Parliament, kill King James and take over the monarchy.
History mixed with a great deal of fantasy and you have my dream book. Now wrap that up with some really good writing that makes the characters relatable or such a good villain, then it is like the perfect combo.
I have read many of Nadine’s books before, after checking her website I realized I had not read them all, Fawkes just maybe my favorite because to the creativity behind it. It is always good to read books that teach us something, but to read and learn about history makes the story even better.