Friday, August 10, 2018

Fawkes, a review

I started out slowly reading this book because I didn't realize it was a fantasy novel as well as historical fiction.  However, once I realized the difference, it became very enjoyable... although a challenge with only one good eye!  The book arrived just prior to my eye infection.

Fawkes is based on a true event, better known in Great Britain than in the States.  Although I was aware of Guy Fawkes from the graphic novel (and later movie), V For Vandetta, which was a favorite of my son. Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Night) is celebrated in England to this day.

In the book, Guy Fawkes' son is the main character.  It begins with his father not showing up for an important ritual at his school, causing him to be kicked out of the school.  This part of the novel confused me a bit but if you continue reading, everything will fall into place.

The story continues as he locates his father and becomes involved in the The Gunpowder Plot.  Now, what makes this even more interesting is that God becomes a part of the younger Fawkes' journey, although known under a different name in this novel (it is fantasy).

What happens with The Gunpowder Plot is known in history but the reader will still be wondering if young Thomas will help kill King James and Parliament or if he chooses to turn against his father and save hundreds of people.  Either decision would have consequences for Thomas.

This is an enjoyable book for those who like a combination of fantasy and historical fiction but want to stay away from content that would be inappropriate for younger people.  Recommended for those who enjoy the genre.

Fawkes was provided by the publisher for the sake of review but the opinions are my own.

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Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Sounds interesting. We like historical fiction but haven’t read much fantasy. I wonder if my Sarah would like it.

Vee said...

Sounds complicated and twisty. Probably not my cup of tea on the face of it, but perhaps very interesting to read to analyze the devices the author used to tell her tale.