Author: Adrienne Young
Series: Fable #1
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 357 pages
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: pirates, All the Stars and Teeth
Content Warnings: child abuse, abandonment
For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she 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. Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue, and adventure.
I enjoyed Fable, but it did not live up to the overwhelming hype for me. I expected to swoon for this pirate fantasy, but I just liked it.
Adrienne Young created a vivid, brutal world where everyday is a fight for survival, but the world building and “magic system” were fairly simple for a fantasy book. I liked the characters and the Marigold crew’s found family, but I would’ve appreciated a little more depth to the character development. The most interesting relationship in the book was by far Fable’s complicated relationship with her father Saint. I honestly didn’t think the inevitable romance was necessary in this story.
My book club read this book based on my suggestion, and while I liked it and thought it was well written, I don’t think the story particularly stands out amidst the sea of YA fantasy books.