Fable by Adrienne Young
For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one, and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father, and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.
But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him, and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.
Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men. Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue, and adventure.
As a young teen, Fable is quickly rescued from a sinking ship that she once sailed on with her mother and father. After learning that her mother didn’t escape, her father drops her off on the island of Jeval and tells her that this how it has to be.
“You weren’t made for this world, Fable. You want to prove me wrong? Get yourself off this island.”
He abandons her on the island and expects her to figure out how to survive and essentially get back to him. Life isn’t easy for Fable. After losing her family ship, the Lark, her mother, and now her father, she must work extremely hard to earn a living and save enough coppers to find safe passage to Ceros where her father is. Luckily, she remembers some of the skills her mother taught her. Four years later, after barely surviving, Fable is prepared to make her way back to her father and to get off the island of Jeval once and for all. The thing is: he’s a dangerous trader lord, she has no idea what to expect, and no one can know they’re related. Will he be willing to accept her as a dredger on his ships, or will Fable once again be forced to obtain a life of her own?
Adrienne Young is a new author for me. After seeing this duology floating around the blogosphere, I had to give it a try. The stunning book covers pulled me in instantly. I’ve only read Fable, but I knew after reading it that I’d want to revisit it in the future. It was that good! Even after getting copies to read from my library, I went ahead and purchased both over the weekend.
Now I’m sitting here trying to figure out how I’m going to write a review for this book that I absolutely loved so much, without spoiling it.
What did I love most about this story?
-It’s extremely atmospheric. The writing is so descriptive; I felt like I was right there in this seafaring world that Adrienne Young created. I haven’t read many books about pirates or books that have this type of setting, but the author made this work perfectly for me.
-The characters are amazing! Fable isn’t perfect; she’s scarred, but she’s also courageous, strong, and persevering. Some of the risks she takes in the story just made me gasp. I was rooting for her throughout the entire book. Other characters like Saint and West are more mysterious, and you don’t really learn more about them until closer to the end. I was still left with so many questions about Saint, but there’s something I loved about nearly every single character, and I was invested and totally connected throughout the entire book. The moment West came into the story I was hooked and couldn’t wait to learn more about him and the other crew of the Marigold. The loyalty they have for one another and the dynamics between them is intoxicating. It makes you want to be part of their crew because they’re like a family.
-Books with strong family themes always hook me, and this one has it, along with themes of trust, finding your true calling, and survival.
-The slow and subtle romance in this book was like the perfect build. I was anticipating it for what seemed like forever and wondered if it was going to amount to anything. The first romantic encounter seemed odd due to the setting. Thinking about it now, it does make sense because of the rules because everyone is so adamantly secretive about their loved ones. It turned out perfect regardless
-I was on the edge of my seat multiple times. It’s like trouble always crept up out of the blue.
What I didn’t like…
There wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this book. Well…wait a minute, there was the cliffhanger ending, BUT…I’m willing to overlook that because Namesake is waiting on my shelf. I’m so relieved that I don’t have to wait to read the next book, so it’s probably a good thing that I was late reading the first. This book definitely reminded me of my distaste for cliffhangers though. I’m just so hopeful to love the second book as well.
Overall, this was just such a delightful read. I just want to hug it, and I’d recommend this to anyone; in fact, I’m telling everyone about this book. Fable, without a doubt, is my favorite book in the last few years. Most of the reviews from friends on Goodreads rated this book four stars, and some five, but I’d give it even more than five if possible.
This is a young adult novel, but I think it fits any age from teen to adult.
- Publisher : Wednesday Books (September 1, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250254361
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250254368
- Reading age : 12 – 18 years
- Grade level : 7 – 9
You can check out the author’s playlist of the songs she listened to while writing Fable. Listening to this playlist after reading the book seemed to magically take me back to the story. The link is below.
Thanks for reading my review! Have you read Fable or any other books by Adrienne Young? Let’s chat in the comment section. 😉