Thank you so much to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for letting me read Fable early! I was able to jump on the opportunity to read/review Fable when Wednesday Books was doing that incredible Read Now deal on Netgalley earlier in the summer when they had like 5 amazing upcoming titles turned to Read Now and while I wasn’t the biggest fan of Sky in the Deep and I haven’t been able to finish the Girl the Sea Gave Back yet, I absolutely devoured Fable. It’s definitely my favorite Adrienne Young book by far! Fable comes out today, so make sure you pick it up ASAP!
Fable 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
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.
Oh man y’all, Fable broke me and then remade me and then broke me again with that ending. I absolutely LOVED everything about this book, from the characters to the plot to the setting. I freaking love books about the sea/merchants/pirates who aren’t really pirates. Fable was such a strong main character and the way she interacted with her father and West and the rest of West’s crew was great. I love the crew of the Marigold- West is incredible and I love him. Willa is so strong and I can’t wait to read more about her. I really liked Paj and Auster. Gah can the second book be out already??? The plot moved so fast (in the best way possible) and I had the hardest time putting this book down as soon as I got into it. Y’all should 100% pick it up- you won’t regret it! This is probably my favorite line in the whole book “‘I’m not saying I don’t want you to love him. I’m only saying that if you get him killed, I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep myself from cutting your throat.’” (This is the last line of Chapter 38 in the e-ARC – I don’t know if it’s going to make it to the final copy of the book, but I reallllllyyyyy hope it does!)