Ahhh y’all I finished the audiobook for Namesake and I have allllll the thoughts! I absolutely loved Fable last year (thank you Wednesday Books for letting me read an ARC of it!), so I tried to get an ARC of Namesake this year, and when I couldn’t, I grabbed the audiobook via scribd as soon as it came out and OMG it was so good!
Namesake 5/5 Stars
Here’s the summary of Namesake from Goodreads for you (and then we’re going to talk alllll about this book, so stop reading my review and go read Namesake instead if you don’t want any spoilers):
Trader. Fighter. Survivor.
With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she 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 her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets 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.
I love, love, love the fact that so much happens in this book! Sometimes, I feel as though books have a couple of pieces of action that get drawn out and then you just get bored throughout the rest of the book, but with us starting this book with Fable on the Luna with Zola, not knowing what he wants with her, feeling as though Clove had betrayed her whole family was a great way to begin! I had completely forgotten about Koy, but having him come onto the Luna as a dredger and become more of a full character and an ally to Fable was great. I loved when they got into the Unnamed Sea and made it to Bastion (did I spell that right? Who knows! That’s one negative of the audiobook) and got to Holland’s gala and GASP when we found out that Holland was Fable’s grandmother! So much drama- and once again, another family member using Fable for their own gain. Man, I hated Holland. Didn’t she learn when her daughter ran away from home that maybe she was the reason that things were going wrong and maybe her greed had something to do with things? Anyway, I was glad to see Fable and West make it back to the Marigold, but it made me sad that everyone on the Marigold was blaming everything that could have gone wrong on Fable EVEN THOUGH SHE HADN’T EVEN BEEN THERE. Like what the heck- blame your captain for something! I loved all of the dredging parts and all of the parts with the new and old gemstones. And the merchants’ council/guild and everything that went along with that was amazing! I loved how Saint figured out a way to come in and redeem himself and claim Fable and be a real parent and ahhhh so much goodness at the end of this book. Honestly, I really just loved this book and this duology and it’s definitely my favorite Adrienne Young series to date!