Fable Book review

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 a world built for men.

Take a high seas adventure with me in a world filled with pirates, treasure and plot twists

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Wednesday Books for gifting me a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Fable has a dream of a world she thought she understood. Getting off of the Island her father abandoned her on and join him on his ship as part of his crew. But Fable doesn’t truly understand the world she lives in. Four years on her Island has changed many things she thought she knew. Now she has to fight for her dreams and her life. And protect her heart at all costs. 

“You weren’t made for this world, Fable”

Fable, Adrienne Young

This novel reads like an adventure. With a few flashback chapters in between, this single Point of view story will consume you, captivate you and ensnare you to this world. With some very interesting plot twists, I absolutely cannot wait to see what the second book holds. Unlike most series, which usually dedicates a large part of the book to setting and world building, this book throws you directly into the thick of things. Flashbacks helps set the atmosphere. Where do I sign up to form part of this crew?

Descriptive doesn’t even begin to do justice to this book. I am really critical of water themed books because of my love for the ocean. You really have to go all out to bring the underwater magical world alive on paper. And boy, has Young blown my mind. I felt like I experienced every moment on and below water. Her easy to follow narrative and style had me blazing through this book. I just couldn’t get enough.

“My mother called it touching the soul of the storm. When it came upon us like that, she was taking us into her heart and letting us see her.”

Fable, Adrienne Young

Welcome to the world of Pirates and seafarers. It’s cut throat and lonely, and the only way to survive is to keep your walls up. World building on the ocean can be tricky. Seas are unpredictable and Islands are unknown. So I absolutely loved being able to fall into this world with both feet and feel like I have been there my entire life. Rich and descriptive, I felt like I was experiencing the world above and below in vivid colours and dimensions.

Uncompromising strength and female empowering characters had me devouring this book. I absolutely lived for the adventure, the splendour and the action. This book is everything a pirate loving, strong headed girl could want. Single Point of View, easy to follow narrative, this book is such a great escape from reality, I feel like I have been on an adventure.

“And there, in the twinkling lantern light, was the only future I had waiting for me.”

Fable, Adrienne Young

Character development is always tricky to evaluate in a series. Over arcing development is more important than just singular development. Here we get one piece of the puzzle. We cannot judge the big picture on a singular piece. That being said, keeping the time frame in mind of the story in this book – it plays out over about 2 weeks, you can see a definite shift in dynamics between characters, inner turmoil and slight but definitive growth. It’s not much, but at the end of the day who we meet in this book has to measure against the version of them in the last book in order for us to truly evaluate character development.

If you love the Sea witch by Sarah Henning, you HAVE TO pick up a copy of this book. Trust me, you will regret it if you don’t.

Synopsis:

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

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author of SKY IN THE DEEP, THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK & the upcoming FABLE duology from Wednesday Books.

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. 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, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.

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