SERIES: Fable #1
REPRESENTATION: Queer supporting characters
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: YA Fantasy, Pirates
Adrienne Young’s books are always fast-paced and incredibly readable. She has an easy way of writing that makes you feel like you’re really flying through the pages.
In FABLE, she throws us into a world of cut-throat pirates with just a hint of magic in Fable’s ability to ‘understand’ the gems she finds.
What I loved most about this book were the settings. The locations in FABLE are so vivid and so clear, and you become completely and utterly immersed in the world the author has created. From a castaway, gem-seekers’ island, to a bustling, back-stabbing port city, you can’t help being right there at Fable’s side.
I’ve read a few YA pirate stories in recent years and the thing that always disappoints me is when an author skimps on the actual sea-faring, living-aboard-a-ship aspect of pirating. FABLE don’t fall into that trap and you get a really good sense of the crew and of The Marigold itself. Young throws in all sorts of details about sailing and ship-building and, while I’ve no idea if any of it’s true, it really makes the sea and the ship come alive into a character all it’s own.
FABLE is an exciting first half of a duology, and one that should appeal to lovers of pirates, found families and thieves.
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.
A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.