All quotes come from a pre-publication copy of the book and should be checked against a finished copy. Thank you to Wednesday Books for this Advance Readers’ Edition of Fable in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
Publisher: Wednesday Books (September 2020)
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.
As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable 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.
I am a huge fan of Adrienne Young’s writing style and her ability to tell a story, so I instantly pre-ordered Fable as soon as it came available. I have so many things to say about this book that I’ve had a hard time figuring out how to write this review without talking about the whole book.
First, I want to talk about how BEAUTIFUL this book is, especially the cover. The team at Wednesday Books does such an incredible job putting a book together. I love how vibrant it is and that Fable’s hair wraps around to the back of the book. And did you see the ship in her eye? Absolutely stunning.
When it comes to the story, Adrienne Young once again did not let down. It is full of action and suspense and perfectly blends in romance, friendship, and family drama along the way. And the pacing is perfect!
He was a bastard, but so was I.
I absolutely adore Fable and the crew of the Marigold. Each character is well developed, filled with their own strengths and flaws and soft spots. I love the way Adrienne writes family relationships and friendships, and one of my favorite things is seeing those relationships slowly develop throughout the story. They all make mistakes and irritate each other at times, which adds a realism that is enjoyable to read.
I devoured this book and can’t wait until Namesake comes out so I can figure out how Fable’s story ends. You can pre-order Fable, here, or at your local bookstore.