Fable is the daughter of the most profitable and powerful trader in all of the Narrows. However, he has left her on an island full of thieves and misery as a test. In order to join in his life of trading she must fight her way off the island and make her way back to him with no help. If she does, will she get everything she wants or more than she bargained for?
I remember reading the summary of this book when it first came out and being excited about it. I had promised myself that I was going to read it and the moment I got it in the mail. However, I, as usual, got distracted by other books and this poor thing got put on the shelf and was forgotten. That was dumb because this book was amazeballs and I finished it in three hours. Yes, three hours.
First, this book world is definitely top notch in my opinion! I love everything about the ocean and everything about pirates so the idea of the book sounded great. Thank god this amazing idea was well throughout and well executed. The author did such a fantastic job balancing the description of the setting and the ins and outs of the book world with dialogue that I was never EVER bored and all the questions that I could possibly have were answered way before I could ask them.
I felt like I was actually on the ship and the fact that the author included some whale sharks in the mix, I WAS SOLD! The dynamics of the traders was a unique take on the overdone pirate trope, but didn’t stray too far so it felt comforting and familiar as well as exciting and captivating. It was almost as if she took ideas from a mafia or gang romance and applied it to the high seas. SUCH A FABULOUS IDEA! The pirate towns they visit on their way to the final destination reminded me of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the best way. Ugh it was so good!
The idea of the gem gage was also super cool and I want to be one when I grow up! I was a little confused on whether this was just a skill learned as an apprentice or if it was a power. The author seemed to go back and forth on this description so I was still confused by the end of the book. I hope the idea is cleared up in the next installment. (I honestly might die if I have to wait three months for the next one, but we’ll see.
The characters were also extremely fascinating and I honestly want fanart of every single one of them. I loved the entire crew and even the villains were winners in my opinion. Fable of course was such a powerful character and I was consumed by her story and her sense of bravery and adventure. She is such a strong female and I love her so much! Her perseverance and her desperation to be loved really hit home with me and I was blasting through the pages to see if she would achieve everything she wanted.
West of course was such a heartthrob and was definitely added to my bookish boyfriend list. However, I felt like I didn’t get a real chance to know him as much I wished I could have. I wish there were more scenes or dialogue between him and Fable! I thought their romance fell a little flat because all of a sudden they were in love and then the book was over. Hopefully, we get more in the next installment because I need it!
Saint and Fable’s dynamic was by far the most depressing thing in the novel and it made me so sad!!! I had hoped their relationship would turn out better, but I guess his machoness would not allow him to even show the slightest affection for his daughter. I was so mad for Fable because she deserves a parent! STUPID SAINT!
Overall, this quick read was such a good one and I can’t wait for the next one! The ending was a cliffhanger of course so I will be impatiently waiting for the next installment in March. If you love pirates and the high seas, make sure to pick up this book!
My Book Rating
5/5 Book World
Fable by Adrienne Young
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published on September 1, 2020 by Wednesday Books
Copy Read: Hardcover