Nadine Brandes


My blood is my crime. *

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov is the youngest daughter of the last Tsar of Russia. Her and her family are being kept in captivity, waiting for their sentence to be passed.

If you look at it, it’s still red. If you touch it, it’s still wet. But if you listen to it, it speaks a single name in a pulsing chant.
Romanov *

Nastya is given a task by her father before they are separated-smuggle an ancient spell past the Bolshevik guards. This spell may be her family’s salvation.

Romanov *

In addition to the dangerous task of keeping a spell hidden from her captors, Nastya has the greater challenge of guarding her feelings, as a handsome young Bolshevik soldier emerges on the scene.

For that name alone, bound to my blood like a Bolshevik is bound to the Russian Revolution, I am destined to die. *

The stakes are high. Nastya is on one side of a firing squad, the soldier Zash is on the other side. The spell is itching to be released. And the fate of Russia hangs in the balance.

Because not even royal blood can stop bullets. *

Romanov, written by Nadine Brandes and published in 2019 by Thomas Nelson, is a gripping novel with secret romance, hidden spells, and deadly intrigue. This book falls under the historical fantasy genre, and is very loosely based on the true story of the Romanov family.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 15+. There is violence, as well as some intense intrigue and romance. All in all, an excellent read with memorable characters and ancient magic. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

*All snippets taken from Romanov, written by Nadine Brandes and published 2019 by Thomas Nelson.



Remember, remember, the fifth of November,

It’s England, 1604. There is a silent war being fought in London between the Keepers and the Igniters; the Keepers are convinced that the Igniters are the cause of the Stone Plague-a plague that turns people into stone statues-but the Igniters are positive that the Keepers started it. King James, the Igniter king, once promised sanctity to the Keepers; but he went back on his word. And now the Keepers are angry. Angry enough to commit treason.

The Gunpowder treason and plot…

Thomas Fawkes is a plagued boy without a mask; the lowest of the low. When his father, the famous Keeper soldier Guy Fawkes, offers him a chance to become healed of the Stone Plague and earn his mask, he’s in. Their plan: to blow up Parliament and the Igniter king. Is murder and treason worth healing and honor? Are the Keepers really in the right, and Igniters in the wrong? And will Thomas’ participation in the plot harm the family of the girl he loves?

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, ‘twas his intent

November 5th is fast approaching. And when it comes, Thomas’ choices could rule the fate of many.

To blow up the king and Parliament;

Fawkes, written by Nadine Brandes and published in 2018 by Thomas Nelson, is an amazing story of intrigue, swordplay, gunpowder, and love. This book was very well written; the dialogue was excellent and the story flowed fairly well. Fawkes would fall under the historical fantasy genre, and is at a medium reading difficulty.

Threescore barrels of powder below,

I would highly recommend this book for ages 13+. There is some action and intense scenes; as well as some mildly mature elements. A profound story with an outstanding plot and heart-wrenching twists. 4 out of 5 stars.

Poor old England to overthrow…