I received an e-ARC of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. A big thanks to Wednesday Books and Adrienne Young for giving me the opportunity to read this!
I had heard a lot of great things about Fable by Adrienne Young and was so excited to be able to read it! Fable is a story of survival, following the namesake character, Fable as she struggles to make ends meet after being abandoned as a child on the rough, crime-ridden island of Jeval. Her journey soon becomes intertwined with the crew of the Marigold, a ship that is a lot more than it initially appears to be, as she ventures to find her father in order to get what is rightfully hers.
The story is set in a world where knowledge is power and simple friendships or relationships can be a dangerous thing. The author does a fantastic job in setting up the world in the book, creating islands and cities that are so full of life that you can almost hear the rush of waves or smell the salty scent of the sea. I really got some strong Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag vibes from this book…a game that has a very dear spot in my heart!
The book is told from the first-person perspective of Fable. She is a clever and curious woman, always asking questions and wanting to understand the motives or actions of others rather than lay judgement on them right away. She is not a perfect person- she is so determined to prove that she can handle herself that she often winds up in trouble and relying on the help of others inadvertently. I love her interactions with the crew of the Marigold and reading all the little things she notices about those around her.
It took me a little bit to get into Fable at first, but by chapter seven I was absolutely hooked and wound up spending my Friday night binge-reading the rest of the book! It does end on a big cliffhanger, so for those of you who hate the constant screaming in their heads while waiting for the next book, you’ve been warned. Anyone else is welcome to join me in my internal screaming until Namesake is released. I seriously was in shock at the cliffhanger it finished on (kept flipping the pages expecting there to be at least one more chapter after that) and can’t wait to read the next book!
If you like tales of survival with lots of intense ocean travel, slow building relationships and twists, this is the book for you. Fable comes out on September 1, 2020. You can preorder it at your local bookstore, or on Amazon and Indigo.