Review of Fable by Adrienne Young

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

I have always been a huge fan of Adrienne Young’s writing and for me Fable feels like the best her voice had been. This is the book I have been waiting for, a story that completely sweeps me up in all its glory, that keeps me up late to find out what happens next and one that I ultimately devour in less that 48 hours. Fable is a beautiful tale of loss, struggle, found family and acceptance and I’m here for it. I’m am so grateful, as always, to Titan books for sending me a copy of review.

Fable has not had an easy life, abandoned by her father on a cut throat isle where it’s everyone for them self and scraps are riches. Uneasy acquaintance is about as close to friendship as is possible. Fable was well written into this life. I knew as a reader that she didn’t take a single thing for granted and the underlying threat to her safety immediately pulled me in to her story. But this is Fable’s world and there is no let up. This is what made Fable so amazing for me, whilst she has her own journey she also inadvertently finds herself caught up in a cat and mouse game that she wants no part of, she has to balance between achieving her own goals whilst reconciling someone else’s. The gradual sink into understanding how the pieces fit together and the truth behind her time on the island dance gently around each other until the inevitable clash. There is not a word wasted and i never once found my mind wandered or i skipped – which I find usually happens a lot when I read on kindle – I was 100% absorbed and heaven help anyone who interrupted me.
The world building was simple island hopping but it was done so beautifully, just the right words were chosen to paint a picture and I was easily able to visualise every aspect from Fable’s terrifying escape to the stunning reefs. I loved how I got the feel of each place, like the smoke of the tavern, the bustle of the market, and the swell of the storm. I felt like I was there watching Fable like a film playing out.  The characters were all believable and had the right balance of endearing and menacing, even the side characters had richly woven back stories that I completely understood without being pulled away from the main arc. The cat and mouse pace was perfectly executed which led to breathtaking excitement as well as gut clenching fear, I genuinely felt at one point that I couldn’t turn the page for fear of what might happen.
Fable was simply a stunning read, everything fit together for me, great characters, wonderful world building and a story that just called out to me keep reading and find out what happened next, I can’t wait for Namesake and don’t hesitate in giving this 5 Stars

 

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