Fable by Adrienne Young
Fantasy, Young Adult
September 1, 2020
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.
I was provided an eARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I haven’t read a lot of young adult literature lately but devoured Fable this past weekend. This novel by Adrienne Young is the first book in a fantasy duology. The second book, Namesake, comes out in March.
Four years ago, Fable was abandoned by her father on an unforgiving island. While there she was forced to survive among thieves and traders. Using skills learned from her late mother, Fable is trying to make it off the island to prove herself worthy and join her father’s crew.
I really enjoyed this story. Although fantasy, I think that readers of many genres will enjoy this book. And let me be clear, this isn’t a pirate tale.
Fable is a strong, smart female lead. Even when she is enlisting the help of others, she finds ways to be useful. Fable’s backstory unfolds throughout the novel and I thought the author did a nice job weaving needed information into the narrative.
There are several side characters and each one approaches Fable in a unique way. It is easy to see how each character’s personality fits with the others. However, I don’t feel that we’re given enough. I want to know more about these characters.
I am happy to say there is no love triangle. There is a love interest. The relationship has a slow burn. These are two characters who shouldn’t be together but can’t fight their connection forever.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. The pacing was spot on and there was a nice balance between action and character development. The author did a good job world building. I could imagine what each of the places and people looked liked. Fable also didn’t feel like an introductory novel. I think because it is part of a duology, not too much time was wasted explaining things.
Anyway, this book ended on a cliffhanger and I’m dying to read the next installment. Luckily, I’ve already been approved for an ARC, so I don’t have to wait long.
Trigger Warnings: Violence, Murder, Death of Parent