Fable Review

Hello, all!

Have you ever seen a book cover that just immediately sucked you in? That's how I felt about Fable by Adrienne Young. Big thanks to Netgalley for the copy!

Pub Date: 9-1-20
YA - Fantasy

Seventeen-year-old Fable has only known one home: the sea. As the daughter of a notorious and powerful trader, she grew up on ships-- being lulled to sleep by the waves, diving for treasures with her mother. However, four years ago, a storm destroyed her father's ship the Lark, killing her mother, and forcing her father to abandon her on a remote island full of cutthroats and thieves. Fable had to quickly learn that the only person she could count on was herself. For four years, she's only had one goal: get off the island, find her father and demand that he gives her her rightful spot by his side. To fulfill this plan, Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West and his reluctant crew.

Fable soon discovers just how far her father's reach has grown, and how dangerous it is to be associated with him and his enterprise. She also learns that West isn't exactly who he seems to be. If the pair hope to survive not just the storms that plague the Narrow sea, they'll both need to learn to trust one another with secrets that every other trader would kill to know.

I really enjoyed Young's other novel, Sky in the Deep, so I was hoping to be immediately sucked into this story and world. While I did enjoy this, it fell slightly short for me. I did like Fable and admired how strong and self-sufficient she was. I thought the whole crew of the Marigold was fun and each brought something interesting to the table. The relationship between Fable and West was fine, but nothing to write home about. The merchant politics and trading was intriguing with just how cutthroat it all is. The story had many good parts to it, yet I just felt like something was missing. It just didn't grab me as much as I was expecting it to. Despite that, I'm still interested to see where the story goes from here.

Rating: 3/5


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