Teaser Tuesday – 10th July, 2018 #Brainfluffbookblog #TeaserTuesday

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

30% I burst through the door and out onto the green lawn that sloped down to the banks of the Thames in time to see Father throw a very muddy and bloody Percy into the putrid waters.
I stumbled to his side as Percy emerged with a gasp. “Fawkes, you—”
“Scrub yourself clean, Percy.” Father squatted by the bank. “Before you oust us all. You’ve been a fool this night.”

BLURB: 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. 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.

I am enjoying this alternate history. The fantasy twist hinges on two different magical factions battling for supremacy in Stuart England during the turbulent times leading up to the Gunpowder Plot.

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21 responses »

    • It is an awesome cover and absolutely appropriate to the story. This version of Guy Fawkes is a fascinating character – I’m hoping he doesn’t come to the same end that overtook the real-life Fawkes…

  1. I was really interested in this book too but decided to be reasonable – I really am trying to not request too many books so hopefully it will pay off – although I like sound of this so will no doubt regret not making a request.
    Lynn 😀

    • I’ve got to get real about my TBR pile, which is frankly ridiculous and what’s the point of amassing all these lovely books if I don’t read them?

  2. The cover for this book has been catching my eye for a while now so I definitely appreciate finally having a teaser for what’s on the inside 🙂 I look forward to reading your review for this once you’ve finished.

  3. Whilst this probably wouldn’t be a book I would choose to read, it does have a rather intriguing premise and, as others have commented, great cover art!

    I’m afraid I am not much into ‘alternative’ storylines, of either classical fiction, or real-life factual events.

    One interesting snippet of information you might be interested in though …

    Whilst the ‘Gunpowder Plot’ of 1605 was a failed assassination attempt against the King …. Some 200 years later in 1820, there was a similar attempt to assassinate the British Prime Minister and all his cabinet. This was known as ‘The Cato Street Conspiracy’. My dubious claim to fame, is that one of my husband’s ancestors was a part of that plot and upon capture was duly hung at Newgate Prison. After the bodies had hung for half an hour, they were lowered one at a time and an unidentified individual in a black mask decapitated them against an angled block with a small knife. Each beheading was accompanied by shouts, booing and hissing from the crowd and each head was displayed to the assembled spectators, declaring it to be the head of a traitor, before placing it in the coffin with the remainder of the body …

    My rather dubious claim to fame 🙂

    Yvonne
    xx

    • Oh my goodness! At least your husband’s ancestor escaped being burnt on a bonfire as an effigy an annual basis… Thank you for that really interesting information.

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