Namesake by Adrienne Young
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.
With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and the rest of the crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when Fable becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination, she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.
As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception, she learns that the secrets her mother took to her grave are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them, then she must risk everything—including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.
After being swept off my feet with Fable, the first book in this duology, I was compelled to immediately move on to Namesake. This book picks up where Fable left off.
At the end of the previous installment, Fable seemed to be in a good place with the Marigold now free from control. This was a chance for her to finally settle with her newfound, chosen family. Unfortunately, she finds herself in a new predicament with a corrupt trader having plans of his own. Now Fable has to deal with a whole new set of risks and discern between truth and lies. As she navigates more high-stakes explorations, she has plenty to think about. Who can she trust?
This story may be more political than Fable, which gave it a different feel, but it still turned out to be an excellent story. Learning the histories of the Marigold crew was something I couldn’t wait for; I craved this after the first book. Many questions that I expected answers to were addressed in this installment, especially with Fable’s father (Saint) and her mother (Isolde). Fable remained my favorite character, and surprisingly, Koy grew on me. There were some interesting surprises with the characters this time around.
With that said, I grumbled about some small things. Just after a third of the book, the story didn’t feel as immersive, and the book took a different direction. I missed the fellowship and loyalty of the Marigold crew members, which was so powerful in the first book. Also, the relationship between Fable and West felt different for much of this story—somewhat disconnected in a way. Learning more about West helped me through that, and seeing how much he cared for his loved ones is what drew me to him. I love his qualities; he’s always thinking about taking care of others. Some readers might find that too intense, but I adored that about him.
Again, Namesake is written beautifully. I loved the descriptive writing and imagery which makes this installment just as atmospheric as the first. In the end, everything is wrapped up beautifully with a wonderful and unexpected scene that gave me a massive sigh of relief. I can’t believe this book brought me to tears! The family themes get me every time. I’m ready to begin this journey all over again.
As far as content, there were a few descriptive romance scenes in this book, in addition to more violence. In contrast to the 7th to 9th grade reading age listed on Amazon, 9th to 12th grade seems to make more sense. This seems to be a common error with the young adult genre. Of course, this is my personal opinion.
- Publisher : Wednesday Books (March 16, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250254396
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250254399
- Reading age : 12 – 18 years
- Grade level : 7 – 9
Thanks for reading my review. This duology was so excellent! I’m thinking about starting some of her other books soon. Have you read this duology or any of Adrienne Young’s books? What are you reading right now? Let’s chat in the comment’s section.