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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 first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot - claiming it will put an end to the plague - Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

©2018 Nadine Brandes (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

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Really loved this book!

I listened to the audiobook version of the book, and the narrator does an excellent job. I HIGHLY recommend it. Perhaps because I was listening to the audiobook, the slower pacing at the beginning didn't bother me because the narrator kept it very animated and lively.

This book is historical fantasy like My Lady Jane, but sticks much closer to actual historical facts and is a much more serious book. It really brings the characters involved in the Gunpowder Plot to life.

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History and Fantasy Collide in a Grand Explosion

Fawkes captivated me from the first chapter. It's a fast-moving story with well-drawn characters, both fictional and those inspired by real historical figures. The magic system is great, and I especially love how it's used in the end. The rivalry between the Keepers and Igniters was a clever way to fictionalize historical circumstances. Thomas is an interesting hero with both his inner and external conflicts. Emma proves to be a great heroine with her own journey that is as surprising as it is fascinating. The inclusion of real life people such as King James, John Dee, and of course Guy Fawkes only adds to the depth of this story.
The narration is perfect. I already read Fawkes, so the audiobook was my second time through the book and I loved it even more.

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Loved it!!

SO WORTH WAITING FOR!!

The character development was amazing an didn't seem forced or rushed. I loved the unique spin on historical England! There were so many deep and real messages throughout the characters' thoughts and struggles that elevated the novel to a whole new level.

This was one of my first audio books, and I truly enjoyed the slower pace and the engaging voices. Well done!