I had heard so much about this book that when it popped up on NetGalley I requested it almost straight away.
This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and Titan Books in return for an honest review. Thank you!
by Adrienne Young
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.
- Set at sea
- Gems everywhere!
This was a very interesting journey. I loved the geology of this book (nerd!) and the sea setting. My current WIP is set at sea so this was research for me, haha!
The story begins small with high stakes then branches out into a larger scale and, what I felt was smaller stakes. It all made sense and there wasn’t a single turn that felt off or weird. I loved how the love triangle was not about the main character at all – that was a refreshing twist 🙂 I almost always go into a YA fantasy expecting a love triangle of some sort. And this had one but for other characters.
I loved how the story starts with some action in the first few chapters before settling down. Then a new wave of action came. I did feel like the ending was predictable but then I’m an adult not a teen so maybe it works for them.
The world is well built. Most of the world-building is done when needed so it doesn’t feel too much. It all relies on where she is. The character builds the world based on her location and her parents past. It felt natural and not forced which was nice and well done.
There was minimal magic in this book though the main character is somewhat of a siren type human. It’s uncertain even after reading the book. But it is clear Fable has some sort of magic in her blood. Its not explained and its not named but it has limitations and only focused on one thing. As far as I understood anyway.
Fable is the main character and narrates the book. She has been dumped on an island and told to make her way home by herself. And this is where the story starts with her making those final choices that get her home. I loved Fable and her resourcefulness.
Yes, a gay couple amongst the side characters but not the main character.
Very well written! I was almost impressed by it. Maybe I went in with minimal expectations but I now want to read everything by Adrienne Young. I loved the writing style as well as her linguistic skills.
Very enjoyable read in a lovely setting. The characters were great and someone I could invest in. I will pick up the sequel whenever that comes out 🙂
Have you read this? What did you think?