**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**
Author Adrienne Young
Description from Amazon
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.
Release Date September 1, 2020
I was SOOOOOO excited to be approved for this title on NetGalley. I love Adrienne Young’s writing, love books about pirate / scoundrel characters, and have yet to read a book published by Wednesday Books that I didn’t obsess over.
Some Things I Liked
- Pirates, thieves, and liars. I loved the characters in this story. I thought the sea-centric world was fascinating and is definitely a place I’d like to visit. I really loved that the characters were all a version of untrustworthy. They all made the secrets and plot twists that much better.
- Dark themes. There are some pretty dark themes in this story. Abuse, abandonment, death, etc. But, they were all handled so well. They were relevant and necessary to the story.
- The romance. It was so swoon-worthy. I loved West and Fable and the enemies portion of their enemies to lovers arc was perfect!
- First person narration. There’s no character that was better suited to narrate this journey than Fable and I was so happy that we got to see her inner monologues as events played out.
I have already sent my request to Wednesday Books desperately begging for an ARC of Namesake. I NEED the next book in this series. It’s not if I read it, it’s when.
Furthermore, I have read all of Adrienne Young’s books and I don’t plan on stopping now. I’m a fan, Adrienne. Please keep doing what you’re doing!
I absolutely loved this story. The ending destroyed me, but it also left me desperate for the sequel. I can’t wait to see more about these characters as well as more from Adrienne Young.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Namesake by Adrienne Young – no, I have not read it yet. But, I have no doubt that the next book in this series will impress.
- Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – if you liked the writing style and the fierce main character, try Adrienne Young’s other series. Bonus note, this one is really good as an audiobook.
- Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – like Adrienne Young, Tricia Levenseller writes epic pirate and viking stories. If you liked the style and themes here, try Tricia Levenseller’s books.