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Fable Book 1: Fable af Adrienne Young

Fable Book 1: Fable (udgave 2020)

af Adrienne Young

Serier: Fable Duology (1)

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Titel:Fable Book 1: Fable
Forfattere:Adrienne Young
Info:New York : Wednesday Books, 2020.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Nøgleord:Young-Adult, Fiction, Adventure, Enemies-to-Lovers, Fantasy, LGBTQ, Pirates, Romance, The Sea, Survival, Thieves

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Fable is the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows. Now seventeen, she has spent the last four years on Jeval -- an island notorious for thieves and little food -- doing everything she can to scrape together enough money to return to her father and get what she has earned: a place on his crew. She enlists help from West, a young trader who she has been trading pyre with for the last two years. But she soon finds West is not who he seems, and her father's enemies have grown more numerous in the last few years. To survive, she must learn to trust West and his crew.

This was my third Adrienne Young book I have read (after Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back), and it was my favorite of the three. This book was really good, and so much darker than I anticipated. Fable is a tough character, and I really liked her. She was a little naive, but also tough and strong after her time on Jeval. The plot was really well-told, the other characters were really fleshed out, and the story itself was exciting. The only thing I didn't quite like was the romance -- it did feel a little sudden (though it was obvious that's where it was going) -- but overall it made sense, and I like those two characters together.

The ending left on a cliffhanger, and I can't wait to dive into the sequel!

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. ( )
  Allison_Krajewski | Apr 5, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: I borrowed this ebook from my Library. This is the first book in the Fable duology. Previous to reading this I read Young’s “Sky in the Deep” duology which I enjoyed.

Story (5/5): This was an amazing fantasy adventure story about the daughter, named Fable, of a powerful trader. Her father leaves her on a cutthroat island to survive after a horrible shipwreck. When Fable’s finally scraped together enough money to leave the island she ends up on a treasure hunt while dodging various baddies. It’s a very well done story that is fast-paced, has some really interesting yet subtle magic, and is somehow very heartfelt as well. I absolutely loved this story and was completely engrossed in it.

Characters (5/5): Fable is one tough girl. It’s hard not to love her because she is so tough, yet still finds room to care about the people around her and be loyal to them. The crew she joins on the ship Marigold is amazing as well. They all have a lot of depth to them and have very detailed back stories. They are fun characters to adventure with and characters I grew to love spending time with.

Setting (5/5): This book jumps between different islands, ships, and trading towns. They are all well described and easy to picture. I loved the locations because I felt like I was actually on the adventure with Fable, the scenes and settings just really come alive!

Writing Style (5/5): I enjoyed Young’s “Sky in the Deep” duology but this book was so much better. Young has certainly found her writing stride here. The pacing is perfect, the descriptions of surroundings are phenomenal and make the settings easy to picture, the characterization was incredibly well done, and I loved the story. I am on a huge adventure fantasy kick right now and this book definitely hit the mark. I could not put this down and stayed up way too late reading it. Everything about this was flawless.

My Summary (5/5): Overall this was an amazing fantasy adventure read that I adored. I can’t wait to read the follow-up book “Namesake” which should be out as of the time of this review posting. I would strongly recommend this to fans of fantasy adventure, especially pirating types of adventure stories. This book was so hard to put down and just such a pleasure to read. ( )
  krau0098 | Mar 11, 2021 |
Fable is an interesting, dynamic character and, in this book, my favorite character to follow. She has sneaky plots but has a good sense of when things need to happen fast. I love her backstory and how she makes a unique connection to each crew member of the Maidenship. The ending of this book, i.e. the cliffhanger I feared once I saw how close I was getting to the end, was really well written, so I'm not mad. Just eager for the next book.

This book is a good representation of how YA fic is changing and growing, and I like the direction it is heading. I think it is worth the read. ( )
  Emma.June.Lyon | Feb 23, 2021 |
Fable was born and raised on the sea. The daughter of a notorious trader father and a dredger mother—someone who dives for precious gems hidden beneath the water’s surface—Fable was stranded by her father the day after a storm sunk their ship and killed nearly everyone on board.

Now, four years later, Fable wants more than anything to get back to her father. To show him she’s a survivor, and to get what he promised her when he abandoned her. She enlists the help of the Marigold and its helmsman West to get her back to her father, but the journey through the Narrows will prove more difficult than she bargained for. Her father’s business enterprise has grown exponentially since she’s been away, and so has his list of enemies, and Fable begins to questions the secrets West and his crew are determined to keep close to the chest.

Adrienne Young has now done for the swashbuckling pirate story what she did for Vikings in her debut Sky in the Deep. She has a penchant for writing solitary characters who find themselves in precarious situations, often fighting for their lives, but injects so much heart and perseverance into the story that I cannot help but compulsively read.

Fable is another such heroine. I loved her characterization, all the characterizations really. This is a world where you look out for yourself and any and all connections, relationships, loyalties are dangerous because they show vulnerability to any and all that would expose such. Fable herself would use someone else’s vulnerability if it meant saving her life or the lives of the people she cares about, but you also know that she’s not unnecessarily cruel. It’s an interesting dynamic.

One that is especially highlighted in the interactions between Fable and Saint—her father whom she’s discouraged from claiming. Typically, I would find a father who abandons his young daughter to fend for herself or die trying rather abhorrent. But in Adrienne Young’s hands he becomes a man who has lived too long in his role and has lost so much along the way. Their relationship is so rocky, yet I cannot help but see glimpses of love that are overshadowed by fear of losing again. It’s something I hope we see develop more in the sequel.

Not to be outdone of course is the tentative alliance between West and his crew of the Marigold. I loved this small group of traders each with their own story who have grown into this quasi-family due to the fact that they rely upon each other to pull their weight and do their job on the ship. Fable kind of thrusts herself into their orbit by enlisting their help, and as much as she tries, she can’t keep herself from being curious about this crew. But in the Narrows it’s a curiosity that could cost someone their life. So proceed with caution.

I’m just going to say it: Fable ends on a pretty major cliffhanger. I was just thinking how it’s been awhile since a book has ended in such a way where I felt that gut punch, but I felt it here. Luckily, its sequel Namesake will be out in March with plenty of mysteries left to unravel. Not too long to wait. Right? ( )
  AmyM3317 | Nov 23, 2020 |
Fable’s father abandoned her on an island full of thieves when she was only fourteen, telling her “You weren’t made for this world, Fable. You want to prove me wrong? Get yourself off this island.” Four years later, she finally finds a lode of pyre in one of the reefs that she dives—enough to buy passage off the island and find her father. As the island’s residents start to suspect her find, she makes a run for it and ends up on a ship owned by West, the trader who’s regularly bought her small finds for years. Fable is ready to locate her father—but will she find the man who was wildly in love with her mother? Or will she find the hardened sailor who abandoned her? And what did he mean when he told her, “Get yourself off this island. And the next time I see you, I’ll give you what’s yours.”

This was exactly the kind of book that I needed right now. It was fast-paced with characters I liked who acted in ways that largely made sense to me.

Fable is a survivor who will do a lot of things to get by but she does have her own set of morals. She has a bit of the hopeful optimist about her. Most people would hate the father who abandoned them in such a place but she just wants to find him and prove that he was wrong about her. She’s a dredger (free diver) with impressive abilities to find things that others overlook under the water. But mostly she’s lonely. She misses her dead mother and wants to form a new family to journey with.

The book contains the barest touch of romance and it’s very well done. None of this insta-love that’s rampant in other young adult books. The relationship progresses slowly and naturally and when it finally becomes clear that the feelings truly are mutual, my heart was happy for them.

Other characters have their own mysteries and back stories. Some are explored here and some aren’t but I’m happy with the way everything unfolded. I enjoyed slowly learning about them along with Fable.

I don’t want to say much more about the plot but it definitely kept me turning the pages. This volume does end on a cliffhanger so I can’t wait to read the sequel.

I have to comment on the cover too. Isn’t it gorgeous? Notice the ship reflected in Fable’s eye.

If you’re searching for a fast-paced read with appealing characters, I highly recommend this one. ( )
  JG_IntrovertedReader | Nov 19, 2020 |
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