2021 Book Review Adventure Book Reviews


Hello! Namesake is a sequel to Adrienne Young’s novel Fable. This review may contain spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read Fable, but plans too. You can read my review on the novel Fable here. Enjoy!

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and the rest of the crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when Fable becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination, she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.

As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception, she learns that the secrets her mother took to her grave are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them, then she must risk everything—including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.


Namesake was an exciting novel that concluded Fable’s story well. There were so many twists and turns and I really didn’t see any of the plot twists coming. While reading this novel I was so nervous about whether the characters’ plans would turn out and how other people would affect them that plot twists would hit me really hard. One thing I especially liked about this novel was that you got to see a glimpse of the society outside of the rough and tough of the Narrows. You saw a lot more of how Bastian and the major traders who lived there affected the Narrows. It was also fun to see how the characters that were used to the more dangerous and dirty life in the Narrows acted in a place where everyone tried to remain proper and clean. One thing that kind of disappointed me was that there were some slow spots in this novel. The main thing about this novel is that it’s exciting and fun, so when there were parts that didn’t really meet that standard, it felt really slow.


Holland is by far my least favorite character out of this entire story (including the first novel). She was manipulative, lying, and rude and she knew it. She really ruined everyone’s life and she was honestly just really annoying. On a lighter note it was cool to see how characters interacted with each other under new circumstances. Everyone had new challenges to face and a new threat and it was interesting to see how each individual reacted under all the pressure of having such a big enemy. Everyone’s dynamic was amazing and created a great story.


Although it was not as good as its predecessor, Namesake was still a novel that I really enjoyed. The new setting created a whole other set of issues that needed to be resolved which lead to yet another great storyline. I would once again highly recommend this duololy (Fable & Namesake) to anyone who enjoyed the movie Pirates of the Caribbean and likes piratecore.

Cover Art:

This amazing cover photograph is by Svetlana Belyaeva.

Let’s Talk:
  • Have you read Fable and Namesake?
    • If so, which one was your favorite?
    • If not, are they going on your tbr?
  • Do you have a favorite adventure book?

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