Series: Fable #2
Publication Date: 2021
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.
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 by Adrienne Young brings readers back to a richly detailed world, one defined by its relationship to the high seas and those who rule them. Fable has only recently escaped the island where her father left her without a backward glance, in an attempt to find him, and her place in the world. But her father has many plots and many enemies, and once again Fable finds herself ensnared in intrigues she can only begin understand. Readers who love fast-paced adventure stories full of twist and turns, as well as morally grey characters, will love Namesake.
Stories with intrigue always engross me, so I was thrilled to discover that Namesake delivers the same action and mystery as its predecessor. This book begins with Fable a captive on the ship of her father’s enemy, a man who promises her release as soon as she helps him. Readers, however, will likely guess that promises from such a man are not to be trusted, and that he is playing a higher game–one Fable will need to uncover if she wants to survive. The plot twists in Namesake actually kept me on my toes, and I enjoyed that both Fable and I were constantly being surprised, needing to reassess the situation in light of new information. In the end, even Fable’s final move surprised me–and that is not something I can often say of the average YA novel.
If the book has a real flaw, it is probably the romance, which never delivers the chemistry or even the drama I feel it ought. Fable spends a lot of time thinking about how romance is bad for her–love is a dangerous weakness and her lover is a man she is not sure she can trust. In the end, however, she always throws herself back into his arms, and any arguments they have are quickly papered over by a make-out session. All the buildup in Fable’s mind seems to warrant that the two would at least have a brief falling out. It is confusing that the book spends so much time leading up to something that never happens.
Altogether, however, Namesake is a strong YA novel, one that offers adventure, mystery, romance, and a great deal of intrigue. Readers who love books set on the high seas or even books about pirates will want to check out Adrienne Young’s gripping duology.