Average rating: 4.15
My rating: 4.5
Series: Yes, book 1/2 of the Fable Duology
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.
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. Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue, and adventure.
Fable is a masterpiece, if I could live in a book world, I would choose this one. I heard the crashing waves and envisioned every second of my time in this universe!
The writing style is one of the best parts of this book, it’s not overly descriptive, but it doesn’t leave you needing more. It flows well and keeps you engaged. I loved feeling as if I was on the Marigold, hunting for treasure!
My only major problem with this novel was the pacing. It was always fast-moving and never boring, but there was just something off. It felt like the plot kept changing, and changing. I like twists, but one or two of them were overdone. I loved the constant action, I just wish that it was a little dialed down.
The plot was a monster- but a good one? It was so twisty and Young left tons of little details throughout the story that were predictable and some that were not. The pirate world made the plot super interesting with different countries taking into place and providing different backgrounds for the characters.
I love Fable as a character. I could feel every bit of her pain and her need to reach her goals. Fable was such a fresh character in the YA universe. She went through so much in the past and in the book time frame as well, which I don’t see a lot of in other YA books.
West was a very enjoyable character, while he wasn’t my favorite, he was a nice edition to the story. I liked the rest of the crew members- except Hamish, he was just there and not likable. The found family element of this was so sweet and a great edition to the story.
Fable’s father was his whole plotline. And there would be lots of spoilers if I talked about him so I’ll keep my lips sealed.
I thought that there is no true villain was nice. There were still bad guys, but no one that is the ‘enemy’. It was a nice break from YA war/1 on 1 battle fantasies and spy mysteries.
The idea of this story in and of itself is such and adventure and so creative, filled with layers. I fully recommend Fable to anyone looking for an adventure, original story, and an unforgettable time with a crew!
And a huge thanks to April for sending me a list of pirate book recommendations!