Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Fable by Adrienne Young – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Four stars

RELEASE DATE: 26 January 2021

Publisher: Titan Books

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 357



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.




Thankyou to Titan Books for providing me with a copy of Fable, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Fable was left on an island by her father several years ago and has struggled to survive ever since.  After spending all her time dredging for gems to sell to traders, Fable is finally able to pay for passage across the sea.  West, the captain of the trader ship she has sold most of her gems to, reluctantly agrees to take her, much to the ire of his crew.  With everyone on the ship keeping secrets, Fable is in good company, she has some of the biggest secrets of all.

I’ll start by saying I absolutely loved the characters in this one.  From Fable herself, to West, Willa and the rest of the crew, they were all well developed enough to have stories of the their own!  The world building of the dark and gritty places they visited was also detailed enough to have me feeling like I was right there beside them.  But, although I wanted to know what was going to happen, I found the story a little slow.  There was just too much sailing jargon and not enough action for a lot of the book. I know less than nothing about ships so I felt myself skimming over all the technical descriptions of what they were doing – they just didn’t interest me.  I would have preferred more of that time be devoted to the actual storyline.  To be fair, Sky in the Deep was one of my favourite books when I read it and what I adored most was the breathtaking, non-stop action.  So maybe I was expecting more of the same and I just …. didn’t quite get it. That by no means makes Fable a bad book, just a little different to what I was expecting.

This is definitely one of those books though, that despite feeling a little unmemorable for me, I absolutely have to read the sequel because I NEED to know what happens next 😅  The ending was a clear cliffhanger with a couple of reveals in the last few pages and I’ve got to admit, I love it when books end that way!




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