Fable by Adrienne Young
Releases: September 1, 2020
This may seriously be my favorite read of 2020.
I don't say that lightly. I mean, it is only August.
I loved Sky in the Deep so much and instantly fell in love with Young's writing. To say I was excited to read more of her work is an understatement. I was lucky enough to receive and e-ARC from NetGalley and I couldn't wait!
First, here's a quick summary of the book:
Fable follows a young girl named, well, Fable, as she tries to survive and get off the island of Jeval where her father left her to fend for herself. Making coin as a dredger, diving for the gems of the sea, she'll do whatever it takes to get off the island and prove her father wrong. Enter the crew of the Marigold who begrudgingly take her on as a passenger to ferry her across the seas to the island where her father waits. Through a series of tests and trials, Fable begins to earn their trust, and their friendship. But, these are dangerous waters to be treading, and Fable wades in the middle of it all.
Fable was a high seas adventure with an amazing female protagonist and crew of characters. From the moment I was introduced to Fable, I was invested in her journey, and adding on the rest of the cast was the icing on top. I loved them all, even the villains. The characters are so strong, and the world so vivid. Whether I was rooting for West and the crew to make it through the storm or hoping Zola falls into the ocean--it was like I was right there.
Just like with Sky in the Deep, I found myself completely immersed in the story, wanting more and more. Luckily with Fable, we're getting more!
Fable is a fantastic protagonist, one you want to root for. I love her strength and how real she feels with everything she's been through. There's more to her adventure than I originally thought, and I truly loved every second I got to know her. And don't get me started on West. He may be a book character, but let me tell you--I swoon every time he comes onto the page. He's a strong presence, one that you're not sure why, but you're instantly intrigued by. Young does a great job at making my heart flip more than once as I read more and more about them. Whether they're friends or enemies, you know I'm here for love.
The world Young created is beautifully written and detailed, I felt like I was standing onboard with Fable and the crew. I felt the danger, I weathered the storms. My ship terminology increased. For me, it was a perfect summer read. The ocean breeze in my hair, holding my breath as Fable dives deep into the sea, feeling my heart flip flop as characters fall in love. It's so great when an author can truly bring her book to life--and Young does just that.
If you're a fan of other high sea adventures, like Daughter of the Pirate King or Seafire, you definitely can't go wrong with this one.
Here's to book two, because there's no way I'm letting more Fable, West, and the crew get away from me!