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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Book Reviews: The Fable Duology by Adrienne Young

Fable (Fable #1) by Adrienne Young
Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: September 1, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books

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.

Fable is the first book in the Fable series by Adrienne Young. I decided to read this one on a whim. I liked the cover. I really wasn't expecting to like the story all that much, but I really did. Fable's life hasn't been the greatest up until now. And, the folks in it aren't that wonderful either. Once she gets her "big break" and is able to leave the island, things get more interesting on the ship. This kind of has a Pirates of the Caribbean feel to it, but the story is not at all similar. There's so much mystery surrounding her father and West. I'm excited to get my hands on the next book.

Namesake (Fable #2) by Adrienne Young
Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: March 16, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books

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.

Namesake is the final book in the Fable duology by Adrienne Young. This book takes off right where the last one left off. I'm a little disappointed. I mean, I liked it. Don't get me wrong, but after how things rolled in the first book, I expected more. We're introduced to some new characters, and a lot of deals are made. I really liked all the characters we got to know in the first book, and I felt like some of them got a little lost in the background. On the other hand, I would love learn more about Koi, and get to know him better. I didn't expect to care about him after the first book, but I feel like he's got some tales to tell. And, maybe he'll get a book of his own down the road, there is a Saint book, which I'm really interested in as well as another book on someone from the Roth family, so maybe Koy and some other characters will get their own sand alone books too. I wish this wasn't a duology, because I feel like we really needed another book to truly flesh out some of the characters and give us a bit more insight into this world. I love this author's writing and how she tells a story, so yes! I want more!

Here's my review of another book by Adrienne Young!
Adrienne Young is the New York Times, USA Today, and Indie list bestselling author of Sky in the Deep, The Girl the Sea Gave Back, Fable, Namesake, The Last Legacy, and the forthcoming Spells for Forgetting. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, sipping wine over long dinners or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

To learn more about Adrienne Young and her books, visit her website. You can also find her on Goodreads and Instagram.

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