ARC review: Fable by Adrienne Young

Expected publication: September 1st 2020 by Wednesday Books


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.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

**Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book**

Fable is more about love than adventures. It’s sweet and heartfelt but it lacked the drive I was hoping would color this book bright and agile, mixing the seemingly melancholic undertone. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad thing if you are in the mood for something slow and contemplative. The positive side of the story that it gives insight into the heart of our main character Fable. She is highly reliable and I could’ve easily imagined myself in her shoes.

Secondary characters were also very nice. The romance part was great, and I am for sure going down with this ship, but I wished the development of said romance was more slow, so the reader could feel it and soak it and invest in it. I wasn’t 100% invested, though I still ship the couple as I was saying earlier. There was also a secondary couple which was maybe even more curious for me to read about. There was a long, old story behind the romance, and I would love to see more of it in the sequel.

Getting back to the plot, the story is about the 17-years old Fable, whose father dropped her on a small and unfriendly island to fend for herself for four long years. After that time Fable decided to get back to her father and ask for what is hers. She requests for help from mysterious West (I know right, it wouldn’t be interesting if he wasn’t mysterious, haha) and his crew. On their way, the whole crew will have to face danger but also their inner demons.

All said and done, I highly recommend Fable because it is an entertaining story written in a very beautiful language. It makes you relate with the characters and hope for a happy ending for all of them. Also, it’s got quite a few curious villains, and I am looking forward to their stories in the next installment!

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