Who would have thought I might end up loving this series much more than I thought I would?
1. Fable (Fable, #1) by Adrienne Young
Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Page : 357 pages
Published : 1st September 2020
— Blurb —
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.
— Mini Review —
“you weren’t made for this world, Fable.”
I more or less had the hunch that this book might be okay but what I did not expect, is how good this book might be! Fable was left to defend for her own in a strange island notorious for it’s thievery. Worst, she was left behind by her father.
The first thing that drew me in to the book, is the engaging story and the way it’s being deliver. It does not have that eloquent story-telling style but this writing comes with its own charm. And by that, this book has a way with words that made me couldn’t tear my eyes away from the characters and the circumstances they’re in.
Also, I absolutely love the intricate story. I love how Fable needs to defend for herself, ended up meeting West and how all the characters fate just keeps on crossing one another. And please, do not forget about how complex and yet, how everything was so in control in this book. The characters upbringing, their development, the complicated plot, the progress and my favourite part, the little plot twist every once in a while.
“I’d crossed the Narrows for a man who’s probably never even loved me. For a dream that would never come true.”
2. Namesake (Fable, #2) by Adrienne Young
Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Page : 360 pages
Published : 16th March 2021
— Blurb —
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
— Mini Review —
“There are some things that can’t be carved from a person, no matter how far from home they’ve sailed.”
Knowing how much I love the first book, I immediately read through this sequel. I was excited, giddy and absolutely couldn’t wait what to happen next! For me, in the beginning, the story is still as good and as thrill as the book before. But there’s this one section that I think the story kinds of deviates a bit.
While the first book focused more on sailing the sea, feeling the breezy air and tasting salt, Namesake focused more on politics and secrets evolving around our heroine, Fable. But I couldn’t shake of the feelings that when I read this specific lenght in the book, the story kind of deviates for a while before it goes back to the right track again.
But no worries, the second half of the book just worth all the wait. The story was crafted with tension, complicated decision making and I just love how everything went on in the end.
“It was one long series of tragically beautiful knots that bound us together.”
Fable VS Namesake
Let me begin with the world-building.
I’m gonna say, this book has the least complicated island map in fantasy series I’ve read so far. And I love how I do not put special effort to adapt to belong to the story. It’s like, I’m learning through new maps and ways as I read without even trying to. I just feel fit right into the story and I feel at ease with how the world goes and how the characters travel.
And yes, I love how the story moves on, most on the time, in the sea. I could imagine myself standing on the deck, wearing a weary faded old cap and watching the blue horizon ahead. This series is so good at crafting details of the sea, islands and ships.
Another thing I did not expect from this series, is how good they’re in woving words and delivering them in the right way to readers. Reading this book is like flowing in the sea, smooth and sometimes rough but it was all an exciting adventure all the same.
In the first book, I love how complicated the story goes and how dangerously the story progressed. It was all about the sea, the ships, and power. Meanwhile the second book, it’s still about the sea and the ships. But it was delivered in a more minimum scale. Instead, it focused more on politics and much more power.
As for the character development, I adore everything about it in the first book. But coming to the second book, one specific character feels a liitle detached to me. But no worries, it does not changed and it does not impact the story. And despite that, I still love this one specific character very much.
I love how I ended up loving this series much more than I could’ve guessed. It is adventurous, dangerous, cold and yet, I love how despite all the rough circumstances, the characters are looking for a place to belong. This is a series of hope and purpose.
Things You May Expect
Seriously, Marigold is the best thing happened in this duology alongside it’s crew. It became my safe refuge and Marigold made me want to be a part of the journey. It’s just perfectly imperfect and this ship now holds special place alongside my heart.
The Marigold’s crew! Having them as Marigold crew feels amazing. Like, they’re all made of rough edges and secrets, painfully honest and they’re not afraid to do what’s right for them. But aside their rough upbringing, they’re protective of one another. Meet West, Willa, Pav, Auster, Hamish and yes, Fable who later on boarding the ship for a passage. You’re going to love them a lot.
℘Saint, Isadol, Clove and Koy℘
These four characters who unsurprisingly got woven in the mess. Who would have thought they made it to the list?¯\_(ツ)_/¯
This duology is just awesome. It is dangeous, daring, charming and yet, reading this duology warmth my heart. There’s just something about the characters that are just as dark as the story and yet, they hold broken pieces that had made them today.
Personally, I feel like duology rarely have a satisfying conclusion. Not this one. I love the perfect conclusion and when this story ends, I am craving for more. Reading this duology has been quite an adventure and I love it to the sea and back.
“We were salt and sand and sea and storm.”