Fable 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.
Fable was an amazing book that instantly had me hooked since the first page. I loved the setting of this novel and seeing Fable help the crew of the Marigold and slowly gain the crew’s trust was awesome (the Marigold is a ship). While reading this novel, I was sitting on the edge of my seat with anticipation for what was coming next. I had no idea what each character’s next move would be and the suspense of seeing things play out was killing me. Another thing that I loved was seeing Fable slowly piece together the missing parts of her life or the reasons why certain things happen. So many more previous details made sense after she pieced together why certain info would be relevant to each other. Can I just say, reading any scene where Adrienne Young would describe to ocean was amazing. She would describe the sea life swimming around Fable in this amazing way that made you feel like you were there with her or she would paint the picture of a raging storm that involved so many precious details. Another thing that I loved was how much attention Adrienne Young must have spent on writing this novel so that she could write out the right terminology for parts of a ship, tools, and other terms.
I was definitely a little scared that Hamish (a member of the crew of the Marigold) was going to turn on Fable because he always seemed suspicious of her, but that really just added to the fact that everyone had to earn each other’s trust. Out of all the main characters, Auster and Fable are definitely my favorites. Auster was not as uptight as the rest of the crew of the Marigold, but he still knew what he was doing which proved his skill. He was also a little nicer and more open to Fable than the rest of the crew were which was cool. Fable is my other favorite character because she was just an awesome human being. She was strong and independent and she had her goals that she was working hard towards. I really hope that in the next book more of Paj and Auster’s backstory will come to play so the read can know more about them. There was a small piece of their life before joining the Marigold that was revealed, but there’s still so much to know.
In the end, this was an exciting novel that I absolutely adored. This novel has phenomenal writing, but is not hard to read so I would recommend this story to most people. If you like movies and the aesthetics of Pirates of the Caribbean, then you will like this novel. Now I really want to go listen to sea shanties XD.
This cover photograph was taken by Svetlana Belyaeva.
- Have you read the book Fable? If you did, did you enjoy it?
- Do you enjoy books and/or movies that hold big piratecore vibes?
- Are there books that are mainly piratecore that you enjoyed?