Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Page Count: 368
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
Filled with all of the action, emotion, and lyrical writing that brought readers to Sky in the Deep, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Fable, the first book in this new captivating duology.
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.
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.
Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue and adventure.
Fable by Adrienne Young is the first book in a new young adult fantasy duology. This new fantasy series is one that immediately appealed to me as it’s one set on the sea with a strong female lead so with my attachment to all things pirate I went in with high hopes.
Fable is a seventeen year old who does whatever she needs to do to survive the harsh enviroment that surrounds her. Four years before Fable’s mother had died, drowning during a huge storm, and at that time her father, the most powerful trader in the Narrows, abandoned her so she then needed to learn quickly how to adapt to her new surroundings and survive.
Fable has been saving her coin as she spends her time diving into the deep to find the rare gems that others have left behind. Fable’s mother had taught her some of her skills before her passing so Fable uses that knowledge to help her find the best wares to trade so she can escape the island that has been her home the last four years and finally go in search of the father that abandoned her.
Immediately as one begins to read Fable it becomes easy to see this as a highly immersive tale as the action begins in the first few pages. Fable is one that adapts well to what needs to be done in order to survive and doesn’t take anything from those around her so it was easy to root for her all throughout the story. Seeing the length of this one i was a bit worried it may be slow going but it really turned out to be more fast paced moving from one thing to another and had my attention from the very beginning. It will definitely be interesting to see where the story goes in the next book now knowing how this one has ended so count me as one to be among the first in line for book two!
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
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.