Fable by Adrienne Young

Posted August 18, 2020 by Amber in Reviews / 0 Comments



by Adrienne Young

Series: Fable #1
Publisher: Wednesday Books on September 1, 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Target Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: ★★★★★

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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.


Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

You know those books where you can’t really pinpoint what was special about it, only that you were utterly absorbed by the language and the world and you breathed in the story as though it was as essential as oxygen itself?  That is how I feel about Fable.

In this world of critical reading, I can’t say that there was a lot of diversity in Fable.  I don’t think there was any, actually.  There wasn’t any deep underlying message, no drastically important social themes.  What Fable does well is create a world that swallows you whole.  Fable wraps you in the story.  Adrienne Young’s writing is so easy and her flow so natural.  She excels at world building in the subtler ways, no flowery language or dramatic flourishes.  And yet, you can taste the salt in the air and feel the rough planks beneath Fable’s feet.  Adrienne Young has a way of writing that evokes feeling in the reader, and it left me turning pages and wishing for more.

I don’t think I need to tell you I love Adrienne Young’s writing.  Sky in the Deep blew me away as well, and although I wasn’t in love with The Girl the Sea Gave Back, I cannot deny her skill in creating a deep aesthetic that drew me into the world as though I was living the story alongside Tova.  She evokes the same feeling in Fable and I am here for it.  Except in Fable, it’s somehow more.  Or maybe it’s just because I so very much miss being on a boat and looking at the sea.  One way or the other, for a little while, this filled a void in my chest and now that it’s over, I’m hungry for more.

What we see in Fable is a girl who is not afraid to work hard and is a quick thinker.  She values people more than she values things and is self-aware, which is interesting to see in a protagonist.  One of the things I really like about this book is that while Fable tells the story, you see tomes in the other characters as well. The tale of the Marigold could have been told by any one of them, and it’s rewarding to dig deeper into this novel and peel back the layers.  There’s a depth to the characters that we have not yet dredged, and I’m looking forward to more in Namesake.

Like her other works, Fable is very accessible both because of the world building and the ease of language.  I flew through this book, stopping reading only when I had to.  I found myself eagerly waiting for the next taste.  I think fans of Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back will still like this one… but Young has taken her storytelling to the next level.  I am so, so excited to see what happens next.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★★
Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★


Have you read this book or anything by this author?  If so, did you enjoy it?  Tell me all about your experience in the comments!

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