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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 o 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.


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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 o 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.

30 review for Namesake

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    if you thought i was overreacting about how much i enjoyed 'fable,' you arent even ready for how i feel about this sequel. this duology is in a league of its own. once again, AYs writing has transported me straight into my fantasy of living a stolen life on the open seas with the salty wind in my hair and a map in my hand, with a loyal crew by my side and the unknown on the horizon. this sequel is just as daring, just as adventurous, and just as swashbuckling. and i do kind of wish this second hal if you thought i was overreacting about how much i enjoyed 'fable,' you arent even ready for how i feel about this sequel. this duology is in a league of its own. once again, AYs writing has transported me straight into my fantasy of living a stolen life on the open seas with the salty wind in my hair and a map in my hand, with a loyal crew by my side and the unknown on the horizon. this sequel is just as daring, just as adventurous, and just as swashbuckling. and i do kind of wish this second half was just combined with the first book - i think it would have balanced out nicely to just have been one longer story, as i noticed there isnt as much world-building or character development in this sequel. its very plot focused, but its so fast-paced that its easy to overlook everything else. but i absolutely love how this story is resolved. it has a perfect beginning with ‘fable’ and ‘namesake’ gives it a perfect ending. an eternal thanks to st. martins press/wednesday books for the ARC! <3 ↠ 4.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Omg!! Fable is back and still bad @ss in the sequel to the duology. I love these characters so much!! Fable is my spirit animal. She’s tough and doesn’t take any crap from anyone. She does have an inner soft side, I promise she does 😉 All I can say is if you loved the first book, you will love this one even more. It’s total swashbuckling peeps! 😘 We were salt and sand and sea and storm. We were made in the Narrows. *Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday books for a digital copy of this book! Mel Omg!! Fable is back and still bad @ss in the sequel to the duology. I love these characters so much!! Fable is my spirit animal. She’s tough and doesn’t take any crap from anyone. She does have an inner soft side, I promise she does 😉 All I can say is if you loved the first book, you will love this one even more. It’s total swashbuckling peeps! 😘 We were salt and sand and sea and storm. We were made in the Narrows. *Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday books for a digital copy of this book! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot....

  3. 4 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. So, I have no idea why Fable and Namesake were both available as arcs so early (not that I’m complaining, mind you) but now, I’m sad that I have no more piratey goodness to read. NOW what am I going to do? :( I truly loved everything about this series: from the sea-faring atmosphere to the dynamics between everyone on the Marigold to most especially, how Fable's relationship with her fath I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. So, I have no idea why Fable and Namesake were both available as arcs so early (not that I’m complaining, mind you) but now, I’m sad that I have no more piratey goodness to read. NOW what am I going to do? :( I truly loved everything about this series: from the sea-faring atmosphere to the dynamics between everyone on the Marigold to most especially, how Fable's relationship with her father, Saint, evolved. That's what I wanted more of from the first instalment, and I'm so happy that Adrienne Young delivered. I can't wait to see what Adrienne Young comes up with next!!! :D

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    This was the perfect conclusion! Can I say that I love Saint? I won't give you more, I don't want to spoil it for you. Before you read this book you have to know this is a duology and you must read Fable to understand Namesake. At the end of Fable, our heroine was in dire straits, Wasn't she? Onboard in the Luna, Fable doesn't have a friend. The crew wants to kill her and the man she thought was a friend has betrayed her and Saint. Worse, she has no clue if West knows what happened to her. Fable is This was the perfect conclusion! Can I say that I love Saint? I won't give you more, I don't want to spoil it for you. Before you read this book you have to know this is a duology and you must read Fable to understand Namesake. At the end of Fable, our heroine was in dire straits, Wasn't she? Onboard in the Luna, Fable doesn't have a friend. The crew wants to kill her and the man she thought was a friend has betrayed her and Saint. Worse, she has no clue if West knows what happened to her. Fable is given an ultimatum. She must dredge for her freedom. Then, things get worse, Koy is in the same boat and the last time they parted ways, he promised to kill her 🗡. Worse, a new adversary will give them all a run for their money. ~~ I'm really glad about how the story developed. I loved how the narrative just flowed. Fable remains an interesting character throughout, same with West and the rest of the crew. Koy was an unexpected addition but one that was welcome. I'm sad this story is over. It was an interesting world. Cutthroat to say the least. Would I join them? Hmm, not sure if I can live in a boat despite the hammock sounding very appealing. Lastly, I want to say how lucky is Adrienne Young with her covers. This one is gorgeous! Cliffhanger: No 4/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by Wednesday Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    There was no way to undo it. No amount of coin or power could turn time back to that night in Tempest Snare, or the day Isolde showed up, asking for a place on Saint’s crew. It was one long series of tragically beautiful knots that bound us together. I was afraid to be disappointed by Namesake, because after reading and LOVING Fable so much, my expectations were kind of high. But I was not disappointed! Fable's world is still as tough and cutthroat in Namesake. There is even more sch There was no way to undo it. No amount of coin or power could turn time back to that night in Tempest Snare, or the day Isolde showed up, asking for a place on Saint’s crew. It was one long series of tragically beautiful knots that bound us together. I was afraid to be disappointed by Namesake, because after reading and LOVING Fable so much, my expectations were kind of high. But I was not disappointed! Fable's world is still as tough and cutthroat in Namesake. There is even more scheming and double-crossing than in the first book, and I loved it. Fable is in a dire situation, with no friends around her, and no idea what she has gotten dragged into. Now stuck aboard The Luna with Zola, she has no choice but to dredge for him, while trying not to get killed by Zola's crew. We also got to see more of Koy, as he is hired by Zola to dredge with Fable, and let's not forget that he promised to kill Fable the next time he saw her. I really liked Koy and Fable's interactions in this book, Koy is more complex than the idiotic brute we saw briefly in the first part of Fable. He shrugged. “You’re Jevali.” “No, I’m not.” His gaze was pinned to the sky. “I figure if you’ve ever fallen asleep on that island not sure if you’ll wake up again, that makes you a Jevali.” I also absolutely adore how Fable and Saint's relationship had more depth and complexity in this book, and also how it evolved. I may or may not have almost cried near the end. I never thought after finishing Fable that I would care for Saint, but now I have to say that I kind of like him. (view spoiler)[ “I left you there because I have never loved anything in my life like I love you. Not Isolde. Not the trade. Nothing.” (hide spoiler)] I loved this book as much as I loved the first one. I am very happy with the way the plotline developed, and how the story just flowed. Fable is a great character, and she remains interesting throughout the whole adventure, same with West and the rest of The Marigold's crew. I am a little sad that we didn't see more of them, and that we didn't get more backstories, but it did not make this book less enjoyable. Koy was an unexpected addition to the crew, but one that I really enjoyed. I definitely recommend this series to any fan of sea and pirate adventure! Now I just have to make peace with the fact that it will be really hard to find another pirate adventure that is as good as this one. 😩 Fable ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  6. 5 out of 5

    Booktastically Amazing

    ~Happy Release Day, you beauty!~ ~Special thanks to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!~ (I almost forgot that part. Oops. *snort*) Actual rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ 4.0 *looks at camera* *clears throat* *places hands in an evil person pyramid* See, this wasn't bad. But it wasn't GREAT. And that hurts my heart. What's left of it, anyways. It had pirates, a strong female main character, and treason. Still, it didn't like... hm... it didn't leave me absolutely devastated and ~Happy Release Day, you beauty!~ ~Special thanks to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!~ (I almost forgot that part. Oops. *snort*) Actual rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ 4.0 *looks at camera* *clears throat* *places hands in an evil person pyramid* See, this wasn't bad. But it wasn't GREAT. And that hurts my heart. What's left of it, anyways. It had pirates, a strong female main character, and treason. Still, it didn't like... hm... it didn't leave me absolutely devastated and unable to continue life because SURPRISE, I couldn't find the will to move on with my frivolous reading existence. Which we alllll know, is the best thing that could happen in a book. #whyarereaderssuchmasochists Y'all see why I concern myself? Okay, now that we got that out of the way (we literally got nothing out of the way, unless you count me explaining why I'm like I am), let's dive in headfirst into an ocean (hehe, get it? Dive, ocean, pirates? Hehehe) of mini spoiler-free rants that my 3:00 am self thought would be a good idea to write. And yes, I do have multiple self's, each one for a different time of day. The dawn self is the most... how shall I say it? Oh yes, mentally and emotionally unstable. *smiles for the camera* Since it is physically demanding for me to write a spoiler- free review (as many of you know, but since I have the attention span of a blade of grass (blade? Piece? Strand?) I shall repeat so because OBVIOUSLY, it needs to be repeated. For myself, I mean. Like a mantra) I shall divide this as follows. *adjusting lighting* Hello, and welcome to Booksy Rants, at this moment we will be touching on the topic of the writing in this novel. Okay, I will admit that Adrienne Young is an amazing writer, periodt. The way she describes things is not overly detailed, but it doesn't leave you hoping for more, it's there. And it is MAJESTIC. I enjoyed it, very much so. Unsurprising, since you know, one of the loves of my life is Sky In The Deep which halloooo, the sequel was a parody, and I'm over here waiting for the real thing. Will any future books of this author ever compare to that previous masterpiece? Not yet, no. It is not to mean her books since then have been BAD, per se, they just haven't been as GOOD as my bookish soul would've dreamed of. Overall? Writing gets an 8.5 out of the scale of greatness. You know what wasn't great? The secondary characters. I know, I know, nowadays, authors focus so much on the main tea that they forget to add the sugar (a LOT, if I may say so myself. Enough to give me a threat of Sugar crash porfavor) to it, and it ends being bittersweet. Which of course, is not the worst. Still, I want my tea to taste SWWEEEETTTT. You know? The fact that I only cared about oh, about... hm... four people in this book is a lot to say. Like, seriously, I needed FOUNDATION, needed someone to tear my soul out of its rusty hinges and stomp on it repeatedly in hopes of feeling SOMETHING. Something like this, perhaps Alas, two of those people were (I say two because if I say more I may spoil something and the only thing I want to 'spoil' is the romance in this book, teehee): The MC, Fable, which again, was gorgeous and amazing, and astounding, and so many more GOOD things. Until, you know, she would get together with the love interest. Interesting MC? Yes, absolutely. A little forgettable? That too, yes. And that's slightly depressing. Like, she was very much a kick butt female protagonist, she just lacked... personality. A concrete personality, I mean. Only thing I know? She had a mother, who died. (Which she let us know about in every page) and her love for the sea was insurmountable, immeasurable, in- introverted? The fuel to my boat of synonyms has depleted itself, forgive me (the amount of puns I'll subtly throw here will make waves across my sanity). Which brings me unto the NEXT character, dear love interest. West, y'all! *Automated applause with shrieks added for emphasis* He was quite the specimen *giggle giggle* Also? He was too protective, and felt the need to save everyone, go figure! Any time the MC tried to do something on her own, he would stop her and force her to accept help. Like, BRUH, I believe the chick can hold a napkin to clean the tea spilled by moi. You don't have to get the mop. And geez Louise, did he make me angry when he made a certain decision like oh, (and this is not a spoiler, it legit happens in every book) SACRIFICE EVERYTHING FOR HER. I wouldn't sacrifice a french fry unless, UNLESS, someone was in peril of starvation. And even that depends. (I was low-key jealous, but we won't talk about that). His personality only got better because he was a 'pirate', with a 'conscience'. Ew. The romance~ *nod* *stares at camera* It was there. I appreciated that it tried. It was just... there. The world building was absolutely pretty good (between decent and AMAZING), the way things worked and THE DREDGERS???? I need a moment. I also needed a moment with the 'plot twists', so okay, I wasn't exactly in the state of mind to want to unravel anything so yes, they mildly took me by surprise. My eyes widened slightly (kind of like that fish who messed up the fish formation and all of them got caught in the net because that puny little fish couldn't contain it's craving of 'UP THERE ON LAND, THEY UNDERSTAAANNDDD, AND THEY DON'T REPRIMAND THEIR DAUGHTER-' I'll stop now) and I became a squealing mess. Once. I repeat, ONCE. The plot was okay, I enjoyed it. It didn't blow my socks out of the water *smirk*, but it left me satisfied in how it all came together at the end. (Ugh, such a basic description, alas, my brain cannot do spoiler free mode anymore) On a closing note, multiple someone's should've died (not because they were villains just because of convenience and like, time), the plot could've been a little more... intense. And the MC should've punched West in his face and make his ego go South real fast. With Hades, if you will. Ooo! How about you eliminate the whole romance??? See, that is a very nice idea. I would recommend this to people who have obviously read book one and know where the deepest end of the pond is (at this point, I'm throwing random water related things out there. I'm so sorry), to readers who want a strong female character and a love interest that is swoony once in a while. Oh! And those other two characters I didn't mention back there? You should just read it for them. And the ship related puns. Those are a definite must. *shuts down camera* Oh crap, GUYS I DON'T THINK I RECORDED ALL THAT. GRRRRRR ( I have actually been practicing my growl because somehow, all these characters know how to growl. I want to growl tooooo) P.S: Please ignore those last few sentences. 3:00 am self took the reins again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Namesake is the concluding book to Adrienne Young's, Fable duology; a Seafaring Fantasy story with action, adventure and heart. After the cliffhanger ending of Fable, our protagonist finds herself once again, separated from the ones she loves. Additionally, she is being used as a pawn in a rival trader's scheme for power. Just as Fable was beginning to find the place she felt she belonged, more challenges are thrown in her face. On the rival trader's ship, she runs into an old acquaintance, Clove. Namesake is the concluding book to Adrienne Young's, Fable duology; a Seafaring Fantasy story with action, adventure and heart. After the cliffhanger ending of Fable, our protagonist finds herself once again, separated from the ones she loves. Additionally, she is being used as a pawn in a rival trader's scheme for power. Just as Fable was beginning to find the place she felt she belonged, more challenges are thrown in her face. On the rival trader's ship, she runs into an old acquaintance, Clove. A close friend of her parents, who she thought was lost forever. In her struggle to return to the Marigold, and the handsome Captain she left behind, Fable ends up learning a lot more about her Mother, particularly her earlier life; some of it surprising, to say the least. This story takes the plotting and scheming to a whole new level, as the different trading organizations in this world vie for power and position. I really enjoyed watching Fable's evolution as a character over the course of these two books. Although she was always a fighter, she was fairly helpless in the beginning in a lot of ways. She was used so often as a pawn in other people's games, but as she grew and discovered her own power, she became a force to be reckoned with. She became like the center of a whirlpool, sucking everyone in around her. Overall, I am so satisfied with how this turned out. It was really a lot of fun. I enjoyed the complexity that Young brought to this one, which I felt was lacking a bit in the first novel. In my opinion, Fable deserves the world! She discovered so much about herself, that she didn't understand before. I feel like with that understanding, she was able to become who she was truly meant to be. My baby bird has left the nest. Thank you so much to the publisher, Wednesday Books, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I really enjoyed it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    I was obviously super excited to start this one after loving Fable so much. But though Namesake was still a decent YA fantasy, I think there was some of the magic of the first book missing in its follow-up. Like I feel full after finishing it, but a little unsatisfied. This will be a spoiler-free review for both books, if you’re worried about not having read either and still might like to down the road. As far as the plot, Namesake picks up with the main character Fable (her name as well as the t I was obviously super excited to start this one after loving Fable so much. But though Namesake was still a decent YA fantasy, I think there was some of the magic of the first book missing in its follow-up. Like I feel full after finishing it, but a little unsatisfied. This will be a spoiler-free review for both books, if you’re worried about not having read either and still might like to down the road. As far as the plot, Namesake picks up with the main character Fable (her name as well as the title) and a good amount of the book is her separate from the rest of her crew. While I understood why this happened within the story, it wasn’t as engaging as when they were all working together. Portions of the book ended up dragging, and the sense of adventure threaded throughout the previous novel was not present here. I get it, sequels are hard. And so are endings. That’s probably why Young ended Fable with such an intense cliffhanger. Namesake might have stuck the landing with wrapping things up, but not without wobbling a little first. It was all a little too neat and easy to see where it was all going. It’s not a mystery novel so I don’t need to be surprised every chapter, but there’s a supposed ‘big reveal’ or two at the end and neither were the plot twist that I think Young was hoping for. Also, why was so much of the book about contract negotiations and trade treaties? What happened to all the cool pirate stuff? I don’t know, maybe I’m being to hard on it, because I did get through the book quickly, but I think I was hoping for something a little more fantastical. Maybe something with a little more tension. If you were a fan of Fable I wouldn’t say skip this. But if you’re deciding whether this is a *must read* fantasy duology, I think you can afford to wait on it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    My signed copy arrived!!! 🖤🖤🖤 I'm so excited to re-read this series with my physical copies. 🖤🖤🖤 For a pic of my Adrienne Young collection on insta click here. Originally reviewed October 2020: That was exactly what I was hoping for. Adventure, secrets, and all my favourite characters returned for the fun. These were my first Adrienne Young books, and I am all in with her! Much love to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my DRC. My signed copy arrived!!! 🖤🖤🖤 I'm so excited to re-read this series with my physical copies. 🖤🖤🖤 For a pic of my Adrienne Young collection on insta click here. Originally reviewed October 2020: That was exactly what I was hoping for. Adventure, secrets, and all my favourite characters returned for the fun. These were my first Adrienne Young books, and I am all in with her! Much love to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my DRC.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Phuong ✯

    – 1.75 stars Call me weird, but it physically hurts me to give a book with such a pretty cover a low rating. While the first book, Fable, wasn't anything mindblowing, it was still pretty enjoyable that I even requested an ARC for Namesake. I saw sooooo much potential, so it was sad that I didn't like it. ˗ˏˋ UNPOPULAR OPINION ˎˊ˗ Namesake picks up right after where Fable left off. Not going into details what that means, cause that's would be a spoiler for the previous book. Fable learns a – 1.75 stars Call me weird, but it physically hurts me to give a book with such a pretty cover a low rating. While the first book, Fable, wasn't anything mindblowing, it was still pretty enjoyable that I even requested an ARC for Namesake. I saw sooooo much potential, so it was sad that I didn't like it. ˗ˏˋ UNPOPULAR OPINION ˎˊ˗ Namesake picks up right after where Fable left off. Not going into details what that means, cause that's would be a spoiler for the previous book. Fable learns a lot more about her family and has to find her own place in this world. ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ WHAT I LIKED ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ ➸ Fable, Clove and Saint. They were the only three characters that I cared about. I love that Fable is a badass, but not your typical kickass knife-wielding heroine. She's just a seventeen year old girl trying to survive whose greatest gift is being a gem sage. Helmsman. Dredger. Trader. Orphan. Father. Daughter. ➸ Fable & Saint's daughter-father relationship. Everyone is like loving Fable and West's romance, while i'm just here for Fable and Saint. I love a good daughter-father duo and Fable and Saint definitely have a very complicated relationship, because who would leave your only daughter alone on an island for years to fend for herself. I looove the evolution of their relationship and how we see how much Saint actually cares about Fable. They don't have many scenes together, but the ones at the end ugh my heart those scenes are my favorite scenes from the whole book. We were salt and sand and sea and storm. ➸ it's very atmospheric. I love the whole setting of pirates and living on a ship. When reading this series I could feel the wind blowing through my hair, the salt from the sea on my tongue. Feeling that sticky feeling of sea water on your skin. It was like I was on the ship with the characters and Adrienne Young managed to convey that feeling. ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ ➸ in my review for Fable I said that the characters felt flat. Instead of using those characters to give them backstory, the author went and introduced a bunch of new but not so new characters that were mentioned briefly in the first book but were irrelevant otherwise. Those characters become relevant in this book, but I already got used to the old crew and now I have to read about other characters that I couldn't care less. All I wanted was for Fable to reunited with the Marigold crew. When my wish finally came true and Fable reunited with West and the others, all they do is fight and be mad at each other. "You can't keep trying to take control of everything. You can't save everyone, West." ➸ I didn't care that much about the romance in Fable and I even cared less about it in Namesake. West was a big reason why, he annoyed me a lot with his behaviour. He went behind his crew and decides to do things without regards to anyone's feeling. They were all done to help Fable, but the thing is, Fable didn't even ask for his help. She didn't want it and West still went through with it sometimes even behind her back and it felt like he made the problem worse with his help instead of making it better. ➸ the plot was extremely boooring. I can't tell you how boring it was. Namesake is a lot about the power play between all the big players in the sea trade. It was who can get the bigger hand and expand their their territory and it was the easiest thing for me to put the book down, cause zzzzzz what a snozefest. ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ IN CONCLUSION ━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━ pheww what a disappointment, but I'm proud to have finished it. I feel like it's 50% the book and 50% me why Namesake didn't work out. Since I've only seen great reviews so far, people who loved the first book will probably love this one too. *ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ┍━━━━━━━━━━━━━┑ FABLE SERIES #1 Fable – 3.25 stars #2 Namesake – 1.75 stars ┕━━━━━━━━━━━━━┙

  11. 5 out of 5

    Abbie | nerdyabbie

    ★ 4.5 / 5 ★ A beautiful sequel, just as visceral & raw as the first. To check out my review on my blog, click here: https://www.lovefangirl.com/blog/name... After that cliffhanger from the first book in this duology, I knew I had to request an arc of this guy ASAP. Luckily, I snagged one and it did not disappoint! We were salt and sand and sea and storm. We were made in the Narrows. It took a little bit for me to dip back into this one, but it wasn't long until I was utterly enthralled again. ★ 4.5 / 5 ★ A beautiful sequel, just as visceral & raw as the first. To check out my review on my blog, click here: https://www.lovefangirl.com/blog/name... After that cliffhanger from the first book in this duology, I knew I had to request an arc of this guy ASAP. Luckily, I snagged one and it did not disappoint! We were salt and sand and sea and storm. We were made in the Narrows. It took a little bit for me to dip back into this one, but it wasn't long until I was utterly enthralled again. Everything that Adrienne set up in the first novel came to a head and just wrapped up so beautifully. West was staggering in his devotion, as well as Fable in her determination to fight to keep those she loved. And Saint...Oh, sweet Saint. Their entire dynamic in this book was just like a healing balm for the soul. A beautiful ending for a beautiful story. Big thank you to Wednesday Books + Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC copy of this book! Writing Quality: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Characterization: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Dialogue: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Plot: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Enjoyment Level: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 「 Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 」

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mischenko

    After being swept off my feet with Fable, the first book in this duology, I was compelled to immediately move on to Namesake. This book picks up where Fable left off. At the end of the previous installment, Fable seemed to be in a good place with the Marigold now free from control. This was a chance for her to settle with her newfound, chosen family. Unfortunately, she finds herself in a new predicament with a corrupt trader having plans of his own. Now Fable has to deal with a whole new set of r After being swept off my feet with Fable, the first book in this duology, I was compelled to immediately move on to Namesake. This book picks up where Fable left off. At the end of the previous installment, Fable seemed to be in a good place with the Marigold now free from control. This was a chance for her to settle with her newfound, chosen family. Unfortunately, she finds herself in a new predicament with a corrupt trader having plans of his own. Now Fable has to deal with a whole new set of risks and discern between truth and lies. As she navigates more high-stakes explorations, she has plenty to think about. Who can she trust? This story may be more political than Fable, which gave it a different feel, but it still turned out to be an excellent story. Learning the histories of the Marigold crew was something I couldn't wait for; I craved this after the first book. Many questions that I expected answers to were addressed in this installment, especially with Fable’s father (Saint) and her mother (Isolde). Fable remains my favorite character, and surprisingly, Koy grew on me. There were some interesting surprises with the characters this time around. With that said, I grumbled about some small things. Just after a third of the book, the story didn’t feel as immersive, and it went in a different direction. I missed the fellowship and loyalty of the Marigold crew members, which was so powerful in the first book. Also, the relationship between Fable and West felt different for much of this story. They were somewhat disconnected even. Learning more about West helped me through that, and seeing how much he cared for his loved ones is what drew me to him. I love his qualities; he’s always thinking about taking care of others. Some readers might find that too intense, but I adored that about him. Again, Namesake is written beautifully. I loved the descriptive writing and imagery which makes this installment just as atmospheric as the first. In the end, everything is wrapped up beautifully with a wonderful and unexpected scene that gave me a massive sigh of relief. I can’t believe this book brought me to tears! The family themes get me every time. I'm ready to begin this journey all over again. As far as content, there were a few descriptive romance scenes in this book, in addition to more violence. In contrast to the 7th to 9th grade reading age listed on Amazon, 9th to 12th grade seems to make more sense. Of course, this is my personal opinion. 4.5-stars You can also see this review @www.readrantrockandroll.com

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jackie ϟ Bookseller

    I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Fable: 4/5 stars ★★★★☆ Namesake: 4/5 stars ★★★★☆ This duology came to me completely unexpectedly (thank you Edelweiss) and I ended up absolutely loving it. In this conclusion, getting more of Fable, West, and everyone's backstories, in addition to more action with even higher stakes, was an amazing ride. I said it about the first book, but this duology feels like a lovechild between Daughter of the Pi I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Fable: 4/5 stars ★★★★☆ Namesake: 4/5 stars ★★★★☆ This duology came to me completely unexpectedly (thank you Edelweiss) and I ended up absolutely loving it. In this conclusion, getting more of Fable, West, and everyone's backstories, in addition to more action with even higher stakes, was an amazing ride. I said it about the first book, but this duology feels like a lovechild between Daughter of the Pirate King and Six of Crows. Full review to come for this one later, since it doesn't release until 2021.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Hoover

    Finishing the Fable duology left me with dueling emotions churning inside like a choppy sea. I'm captivated by this fantastic story, amazing world and dynamic characters. And yet, I hated reading the last page knowing it was The End. Now I'm mourning the loss of Fable, West, Willow, Saint and the rest of the motley crew I've come to love. Young does an incredible job of weaving everything together and bringing plot lines to a satisfying closure in Namesake. I'm just not ready to give these chara Finishing the Fable duology left me with dueling emotions churning inside like a choppy sea. I'm captivated by this fantastic story, amazing world and dynamic characters. And yet, I hated reading the last page knowing it was The End. Now I'm mourning the loss of Fable, West, Willow, Saint and the rest of the motley crew I've come to love. Young does an incredible job of weaving everything together and bringing plot lines to a satisfying closure in Namesake. I'm just not ready to give these characters up, and I don't think you'll be either. You MUST read Fable, book one first and avoid all spoilers for both books. If you do, this story will sweep you away like a riptide. The Fable duology is hands down one of the best young adult fantasy stories I've ever read - that includes both books! Like a siren's song, this tale lured me in with rich, expressive sights, sounds, smells, and oh so many feels. Namesake continues where Fable left off. If you've read Fable, you know that Fable (the protagonist) is blindsided at the end of book one by a notorious foe using her as a pawn in a complex power game. Stormy seas are ahead for Fable as she calls upon her strength and special talents to persevere and survive against all odds. And just when she and readers think she's worked her way through all the deceit and betrayals, a storm of secrets unravel inundating her with more shocking truths. What will Fable have to sacrifice to protect loved ones? Will she lose everything? Namesake is a majestic tale of courage, power, betrayal, sacrifice, secrets and risking it all for love. The characters are bigger than life - potent and colorful and flawed and real. I want more stories about this heart-stealing cast. The setting and world building are unbelievably good - magnificent, overwhelming, unexpected and ever changing like the sea. Fast paced action drives the story and readers forward as plot lines tangle and twist. I planned to read Namesake over a long weekend . . . talk about famous last words. I started reading page one Friday night and finished the book in the wee hours of Saturday morn. There's no stopping once you begin, my friends. Beware and set some time aside because you won't be able to put this one down. Namesake is an epic tale of survival, sacrifice, and the search for truth - the search for "home". I highly recommend both books - Fable & Namesake to readers everywhere. This is a journey you don't want to miss, my friends. A special thank you to Mary Moates @ Wednesday Books for an arc of this book! You guys are killing it right now! Review posted at: Cross My Heart Reviews

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    I don't know what to do with myself now that these books are over. I have been trying to read this one as slow as possible making it last, but of course, that's like asking me not to breathe. IT WAS SO GOOD! This was such a satisfying and perfect closure to this duology and I couldn't be happier with how it ended. I knew once I saw that it was another Adrienne Young book, that I would love it because her writing is nothing short of perfection. BUT AGH I honestly don't know what to do with my life I don't know what to do with myself now that these books are over. I have been trying to read this one as slow as possible making it last, but of course, that's like asking me not to breathe. IT WAS SO GOOD! This was such a satisfying and perfect closure to this duology and I couldn't be happier with how it ended. I knew once I saw that it was another Adrienne Young book, that I would love it because her writing is nothing short of perfection. BUT AGH I honestly don't know what to do with my life now that it's over.. I fell so head over heels in love with these characters and this story and how it all weaved together, there were ups and downs and twists and turns. Tears were shed, laughter was had, I clenched my fists in apprehension and anger even at some points but all in all the feels that these books gave me left me wanting nothing but MORE! I could have been happy had this been a 10 book series, but maybe it was meant to be short and sweet. The story didn't drag on, we were left with everything tied up in a neat little bow with perfection on the mind. I can't wait to reread these books and jump back into the love I have for these characters and this setting and this story. THANK YOU ADRIENNE YOUNG FOR ANOTHER AMAZING STORY AND AN UNREALISTIC BOOK CRUSH! lol I'll never be the same in the best way possible.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maria ☾ ⋆

    I like this cover, it's so gorgeous!! 😍💕 I like this cover, it's so gorgeous!! 😍💕

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beatrice in Bookland

    "Helmsman. Dredger. Trader. Orphan. Father. Daughter." 1. Fable ★★★☆☆ What an awful sequel. Boring, rushed and with zero character development. The only redeeming element of the book are Saint and Fable's father daughter moments: theirs is by far the most interesting bond of the duology and I wished the author had focused on that instead of on the lukewarm romance between Fable and West. And West was the most annoying and useless character of the book, by far. All he did in this book - besides annoyi "Helmsman. Dredger. Trader. Orphan. Father. Daughter." 1. Fable ★★★☆☆ What an awful sequel. Boring, rushed and with zero character development. The only redeeming element of the book are Saint and Fable's father daughter moments: theirs is by far the most interesting bond of the duology and I wished the author had focused on that instead of on the lukewarm romance between Fable and West. And West was the most annoying and useless character of the book, by far. All he did in this book - besides annoying me every time he was on the page - was making Fable's situation worse by doing shit no one asked him to do and being mysterious and a bad boy to add some relationship drama.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hilda

    I will never get over how gorgeous these book covers are. I can’t wait for Namesake to come out so I can have these two beauties next to each other. The duology is also pretty great. Probably one of my favorite reads from this year. It’s like Adrienne Young knew what I wanted and gave it to me. Revenge is a powerful motivator. Okay, let’s get something out of the way. This is a pirate book and the amount of back stabbing is ridiculous. It’s also delicious. DELICIOUS. Like the best back stabbing so I will never get over how gorgeous these book covers are. I can’t wait for Namesake to come out so I can have these two beauties next to each other. The duology is also pretty great. Probably one of my favorite reads from this year. It’s like Adrienne Young knew what I wanted and gave it to me. Revenge is a powerful motivator. Okay, let’s get something out of the way. This is a pirate book and the amount of back stabbing is ridiculous. It’s also delicious. DELICIOUS. Like the best back stabbing soap opera schemes out there. And Saint, whose name I’m still not sure is his birth name, but why would he choose that pirate name? Also, we have West, Fable, and Holland. All the names are super eccentric. All of them. So I guess Saint could be his actual name. ANYWAYS, (sorry, I’m tired and can’t focus) Saint is a bastard. But like Fable said. Saint was a bastard, but he was mine. He belonged to me. So nothing new there. Saint continued to be Saint. (view spoiler)[ There is this pretty awesome part at the end so at least he redeems himself. (hide spoiler)] Because let’s be honest he was awful to Fable. Just awful. Parent of the year he was not. I mean her mother died a horrible death and he automatically dumps her in the worst Island he can find full of the worst type of men. A child. She was a child!! By the way this is not a spoiler it happened in Fable, book one. Honestly, I needed more than just words. I needed so many actions to forgive the adults in Fable’s life. I know love makes you do dumb things and forgiving the actions of ADULTS who are suppose to take care of you but leave you to fend for yourself NEEDED MORE! Much, much more, but I hold grudges so...in my opinion Fable deserved more than what she got but again, grudges. I had so many feels about this. A new character is introduced and even though I wanted more of Isolde, Fable’s mom’s backstory, Holland (new character, mentioned in book one) brought some major drama. Like MAJOR. I also don’t know why I keep capitalizing everything but if a book deserves, no earns, capitalized words it’s this book. I should have known the moment I saw him that Saint was up to something. Now I was entangled in whatever scheme they’d hatched and it wasn’t likely that I’d come out unscathed. Poor Fable, this has bugged me since book one. She somehow inherited all of her parents problems. And she keeps having to deal with her parents problems in book two and now (view spoiler)[ her grandmother’s problems and greed. (hide spoiler)] If this bugs you in book one it gets worse in this book. Our bad luck charm is back! What I LOVED!! The crew and the ship, The Marigold, were everything to me. Fable found her home and I wanted her to have her happily ever after. The crew saw her. Like really saw her and accepted her with all her family drama. They cared for her. (view spoiler)[ This is why I HATED how the second part of this book the crew acted towards Fable. It felt like a betrayal and she was so upset by it. (hide spoiler)] I mean let the girl have some happiness. Again, it bugged me so much. Why is she always suffering and getting hurt. West. Ugh. I don’t know how I feel about him. I’m just glad he’s at least consistent. I didn’t know how to feel about him in book one and I don’t know how to feel about him in book two. (view spoiler)[ I’m scared Fable is continuing her mother’s and father’s mistake. This obsessive love that is toxic. It’s so dangerous and all consuming. It’s cute to a certain point but it’s also dangerous. I also found it so weird how all the people kept telling Fable how similar West and Saint were. (hide spoiler)] For the most part it was a satisfying ending. There was even more sailing and traveling. The amount of danger went up a notch. There were pirates doing pirate things. I was left with one big question though, Henrik... (view spoiler)[ Did I make this up or didn’t West say he only knew his father’s name and it was Henrik?? in book one I swear he said that. (hide spoiler)] Maybe it was cut. Or maybe I’m so tired I’m making things up. I loved this series. Like I said before it was everything I didn’t know I needed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nashita

    “There are some things that can’t be carved from a person, no matter how far from home they’ve sailed.” 4⭐ It was a satisfying ending to the duology I liked this book more than the previous one. I also found the whole setting with the ships and trade extremely engaging.. Plotline: Now finally free from the Saint, Fable and crew aim to start over. but their freedom is short-lived when Fable is abducted by the Luna. The only way she can escape is by aiding Zola. But its not simple. Things are more com “There are some things that can’t be carved from a person, no matter how far from home they’ve sailed.” 4⭐ It was a satisfying ending to the duology I liked this book more than the previous one. I also found the whole setting with the ships and trade extremely engaging.. Plotline: Now finally free from the Saint, Fable and crew aim to start over. but their freedom is short-lived when Fable is abducted by the Luna. The only way she can escape is by aiding Zola. But its not simple. Things are more complicated as new truths come out and loyalties shift. Fable learns new truths that changes her opinions. Now in danger, If Fable is going to save the people she loves then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found. World The world was good. As I said in my review for Fable the whole book revolves around the sea. I loved the setting and I had soo much fun! Writing I like the writing. There was a good flow to the story! Romance “Because you and I have cursed ourselves, Fable. We will always have something to lose. I knew it that day in Tempest Snare when I kissed you. I knew it in Dern when I told you that I loved you.” Umm yes. I love the romance. It was soo good. It was a subplot in the previous book but it takes a front seat here. West and Fable make a lot of sacrifices for each other. It was super cute! Characters! Fable is an interesting character. She's a interesting MC nd I liked her. I loved the narration from her part<3 West was good. He's a morally grey character nd I loved him. The rest of the crew were awesome. We stan! Final thoughts this book was very good. I had soo much fun reading this series. Average rating fr series : 4 Recommends for : Anyone looking for a change from typical YA which is plot-based rather than character-based Rating system 5⭐ - I loved it soo much! New favorite 4⭐ - It was really good! But something was missing 3⭐ - It was nice..but had more potential 2⭐ - I did not like it at all!... It could have been soo much better 1⭐ - Nope. Just No. I hate it

  20. 4 out of 5

    Breanna

    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks Thank you to Wednesday Books for providing me with an ARC through NetGalley! 3.5 stars ✨ Namesake is a decent sequel and does its job of wrapping up the loose ends, but that’s all it does. It pains me to admit I found this dull and underwhelming compared to Fable. A lot of the elements that made the predecessor so magical were missing and it really affected my enjoyment. Namesake picks up almost immediately after the end of Fable. It’s very rare that we get a THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks Thank you to Wednesday Books for providing me with an ARC through NetGalley! 3.5 stars ✨ Namesake is a decent sequel and does its job of wrapping up the loose ends, but that’s all it does. It pains me to admit I found this dull and underwhelming compared to Fable. A lot of the elements that made the predecessor so magical were missing and it really affected my enjoyment. Namesake picks up almost immediately after the end of Fable. It’s very rare that we get a sequel released so soon after the first book, which was not only really appreciated by necessary in this case. Unfortunately, it took me quite a while to get back into the story and I failed to feel as engaged as early on as I did with Fable. My biggest issue with Namesake was that it felt flat and tedious. Many of the aspects that made Fable sparkle were missing or subdued. This book is more focused on Fable and her personal growth/relationships, and so the crew of the Marigold are sadly absent for a majority of the time. Most of the story felt very contrived. While it did an excellent job of wrapping up loose ends introduced at the end of Fable, I couldn’t help but wonder if the story would have been better served by simply adding another 100 pages to the first and keeping it a standalone instead. As a self-proclaimed Adrienne Young stan, nothing made me sadder than realizing Namesake simply does not stand up to Fable. The magic of the first book failed to translate into this sequel and thus was underwhelming.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for the e-arc! NAMESAKE popped up to download soon after I read and reviewed FABLE (before its release) and my heart gave a little jerk. On one side, I didn't want to read it so early since I knew I wouldn't have many people to talk about it with. On the other side, why make it available if they didn't want people to read it? It's like when I know I shouldn't eat those Christmas tree cakes, but they're only once a year, so why not?? Namesake continues where Fa Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for the e-arc! NAMESAKE popped up to download soon after I read and reviewed FABLE (before its release) and my heart gave a little jerk. On one side, I didn't want to read it so early since I knew I wouldn't have many people to talk about it with. On the other side, why make it available if they didn't want people to read it? It's like when I know I shouldn't eat those Christmas tree cakes, but they're only once a year, so why not?? Namesake continues where Fable ended. Right away you're transported onto an enemy ship where allies are few and far between. Fable, still her strong-minded fierce self knows the ropes. To get what she wants, she must play the game. And although her love for her father has teetered, she knows the importance of family and friends no matter the cost, and that is what I love about Fable as a protagonist. She doesn't harbor ill will, even with a man who tried to kill her. I feel like I held more grudges than she did! This sequel feels like a direct continuation of the first and I think Young intended it that way. I loved that she didn't have to recap much, at least for me since I'm reading so close together. There's no much world-building to offer so we have a very character-driven story. I do wish we had more of West. Young hinted at his troubled past, and although it's explained, it felt a bit...thrown together. I wished they'd been more bonds of sisterhood, but that's a me problem. These books will hold a special place in my heart for being one of the best pirate books in the YA world. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading Young's work. She's an auto-buy author for me. P.S. I will never get over how gorgeous these covers are.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    ‘We were salt and sand and sea and storm. We were made in the Narrows.’ I have really enjoyed this series! High on adventure and action, low on bad language and romance. I think this combination makes it a perfect choice for young YA’s. Fable’s character reminded me a lot of Katniss from The Hunger Games and the story had a Pirates Of The Caribbean vibe. I do think I enjoyed the first book a bit better than the second, but overall, a really fun ride. 4.5.

  23. 4 out of 5

    birdie

    i'm someone who's pretty good at understanding my own feelings, like why a story impacts me as much as it does. with this duology, i can't seem to figure out exactly what it is. there's just something about these books. Adrienne Young's writing is as incredible as ever, making me feel like i'm a part of it all. like i said in my goodreads review of fable, this is probably gonna become a comfort series of mine. it just fills me with so much joy and i really love the story. you can read a full-revie i'm someone who's pretty good at understanding my own feelings, like why a story impacts me as much as it does. with this duology, i can't seem to figure out exactly what it is. there's just something about these books. Adrienne Young's writing is as incredible as ever, making me feel like i'm a part of it all. like i said in my goodreads review of fable, this is probably gonna become a comfort series of mine. it just fills me with so much joy and i really love the story. you can read a full-review on my blog by clicking here! something that really shifted for me in this book, though, was that my favourite thing became the dynamic between fable and her father. while in the first book i just straight up hated him, i feel like we got to see more of his reasonings and how the world has shaped him like that here. also, you know i'm weak, but...the crew. and west and fable. come on! i would've liked just a little extra something of the characters though, but except for that: i loved this series. the fact that it's over makes me feel so empty and sad, but the author definitely delivered an amazing sequel with an equally satisfying ending. thank you to the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review! this did not affect my opinions in any way. blog | bookstagram | more

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patty (IheartYA311)

    Fable is one of my favorite books of 2020 and Namesake is an adequate sequel. It picks up right where book one left off, full of high-sea action, adventure and antics. It steers into shocking and unexpected plot twists; definitely a page turner. I was not a fan of Young's previous works but her writing style and story telling has significantly evolved. I'm very impressed with the strong willed, stubborn and multi faceted characters. This is an engaging, uniquely vivid fantasy that I highly recom Fable is one of my favorite books of 2020 and Namesake is an adequate sequel. It picks up right where book one left off, full of high-sea action, adventure and antics. It steers into shocking and unexpected plot twists; definitely a page turner. I was not a fan of Young's previous works but her writing style and story telling has significantly evolved. I'm very impressed with the strong willed, stubborn and multi faceted characters. This is an engaging, uniquely vivid fantasy that I highly recommend. Thank you to #NetGalley for granting me an eARC. This is an honest review, and all opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4.5 stars! “We were salt and sand and sea and storm.” If you haven’t read Fable yet, please don’t read further because the beginning of this review has spoilers for the end of the first one. . . . . . . Okay here we go. Fable ended with our heroine being kidnapped and placed on Zola’s boat. Separated from her father and from West and her crew, she must go along with what her captors want in order to survive. But pretty soon she realizes there’s more to what’s going on than she realized. And more mys 4.5 stars! “We were salt and sand and sea and storm.” If you haven’t read Fable yet, please don’t read further because the beginning of this review has spoilers for the end of the first one. . . . . . . Okay here we go. Fable ended with our heroine being kidnapped and placed on Zola’s boat. Separated from her father and from West and her crew, she must go along with what her captors want in order to survive. But pretty soon she realizes there’s more to what’s going on than she realized. And more mysteries involved in her own family than she ever expected. “Because you and I have cursed ourselves, Fable. We will always have something to lose. I knew it that day in Tempest Snare when I kissed you. I knew it in Dern when I told you that I loved you.” I think what I enjoyed most about this book was we were able to dive deeper into Fable’s family history and find out everything we wanted to know in the first book. I’m still sitting here wishing Adrienne Young would write a book about Fable’s parents, Saint and Isolde, because it really sounds like quite the love story. This book was one that I read in almost one day, I sat curled up in my reading chair and I didn’t want to put this book down. I was in it until the end and it’s rare that you find a book like that nowadays. I picked up this duology on a whim and I’m glad I did. One of the more unique stories I’ve read in a long time. “There are some things that can’t be carved from a person, no matter how far from home they’ve sailed.”

  26. 5 out of 5

    Monogamist

    Thank you St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book. Namesake picks up exactly where we left off with Fable. I felt lucky I was able to read this sequel a few months later finishing Fable, as it was a natural continuation without any recap, so it was very easy to fall back into the story. Fable has been kidnapped by Zola and she is trying to make sense of where he is taking her, and most importantly, for what purpose. Clove, who used to be the closest adviser of Thank you St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book. Namesake picks up exactly where we left off with Fable. I felt lucky I was able to read this sequel a few months later finishing Fable, as it was a natural continuation without any recap, so it was very easy to fall back into the story. Fable has been kidnapped by Zola and she is trying to make sense of where he is taking her, and most importantly, for what purpose. Clove, who used to be the closest adviser of Saint, is also on board of Zola’s ship, working for him. The sting of Clove’s betrayal, the thought of West alone and being in the enemy’s hands — everything is another survival test for Fable. I guess I liked the second part slightly less than the first part. I still love Adrienne Young’s vivid description of the life on board of a ship and life as a dredger. I mean, the descriptions were so detailed I could almost feel the salt in my hair like I was diving in the sea with Fable. Also, Young has this unique talent to bring to words the roughness of life, how life is never black or white, and it is so many shades of complicated. With this duology, Young achieved perfection. The writing is flawless, and the plot provides insights about more side-characters we met in the first part. Every character had their own story to tell and I found myself having some kind of admiration even for one of the villains of this story, Zola. However, here’s my two cents about this duology overall and why I felt less intrigued at the end. First, I felt the crew of the Marigold was left untouched and deserved more space. While we know more about Zola and Holland, the relationship between Fable and Marigold’s crew is not explored in-depth. I also felt after everything was over, after everything this small crew went through during the whole duology, and all because of Fable, there was no resolution among them. No explanation about “how do they stick together now” after all the ordeals. The second part of the story was too centred around Fable and West’s relationship and the others came even after the two main villains. Second, and I went back and forth with this thought, you need to keep your “pirate-glasses” on, so to say, or look at everything through a pirate’s perspective to fully understand Fable and Saint’s relationship. As someone who has a very complex relationship with a parent, there’s no way that things work that way in reality. I still appreciated that at least Young offered more clarity about their relationship, but I was left with so many questions about Saint. I am sure that readers who loved Fable will definitely love Namesake as well. It’s beautifully written, the descriptions are outstanding and it has great world-building. Regardless of my personal opinions about the general relationship dynamics, I still loved this story and I highly recommend this duology. I can’t wait to read more from Adrienne Young. You can also read this review and more on my blog: Monogamist Reader

  27. 5 out of 5

    Athena (OneReadingNurse)

    Thank you so much to Wednesday Books via NetGalley for the early digital copy of Namesake by Adrienne Young! It is always hard to review sequels and such without spoilers so I will just share my general feelings about the book! Namesake is the second book in the Fable duology. Due to the continuation of the storyline, this can absolutely not be read as a standalone. If you skim my review for book one, you can find most of what I have to say about the world building and characters in general. Ther Thank you so much to Wednesday Books via NetGalley for the early digital copy of Namesake by Adrienne Young! It is always hard to review sequels and such without spoilers so I will just share my general feelings about the book! Namesake is the second book in the Fable duology. Due to the continuation of the storyline, this can absolutely not be read as a standalone. If you skim my review for book one, you can find most of what I have to say about the world building and characters in general. There is more action than in Fable. This one was a much quicker read, although at the end of the day, the action fell into anti climax before drifting off to the ending. A few times during the action, Fable would think something like “ok *THIS* is the only way out,” and then she would never explain what *THIS* is and it drove me nuts. Something else would just happen. There is a chance that this will be clamped down in the final book though. The title? Do you want to know where Namesake fits into the book? Hahahah probably the best storyline, you have to read to find out. The only magic in the whole duology and it’s a great plot line. Holland is the only new character worth mentioning, and we see a bit more from Zola and Saint as well. I really liked this trio of adversaries. Talking about any more characters may spoil book one. Learning more about West was also good for the story. The Fable and Saint storyline resolved a little bit cleanly for my tastes, and I swear that Fable and West never actually resolved any of the issues they were having. These were big, real, practically unforgivable issues and they just *poof* went away in the next chapter, the same with the issues the crew were having with the situations. *Poof*. The magic of the 7-9 grade level books. Overall, I do enjoy the story and world Young has built here. It’s a fun, high seas world with a tidy resolution and despite my gripes, they are good for that 12-18 ish age range and adults looking for a lighter adventure

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Oh my gosh. What an excellent ending to the duology. Oh my gosh. OH MY GOSH. 😭 It was an amazing follow-up to Fable. What an exciting, intense, nerve-wracking, beautiful book. I love this series so much. You MUST try this duology if you haven't done so already! Fable is a wonderful adventure and Namesake is an exciting conclusion. I am blown away and will need to lie down for a bit. Wow! What a book. What a series. My sincerest thanks to Wednesday Books for providing an e-ARC for early review. ** Oh my gosh. What an excellent ending to the duology. Oh my gosh. OH MY GOSH. 😭 It was an amazing follow-up to Fable. What an exciting, intense, nerve-wracking, beautiful book. I love this series so much. You MUST try this duology if you haven't done so already! Fable is a wonderful adventure and Namesake is an exciting conclusion. I am blown away and will need to lie down for a bit. Wow! What a book. What a series. My sincerest thanks to Wednesday Books for providing an e-ARC for early review. ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Namesake by Adrienne Young Book One of the Fable series Publisher: Wednesday Books Publication Date: March 16, 2021 Rating: 5 stars Source: Copy provided by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): Trader. Fighter. Survivor. With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she 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 her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets 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. Filled with action, emotion, and lyrical writing, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Namesake, the final book in the captivating Fable duology. What I Liked: I read Fable in early 2020, and I knew it would be a hit. I loved the book; it pulled me right out of the reading slump that I had been in, since my father passed away in 2019. Fable hit me at the right time. I received Namesake to read in Fall 2020 and I dove right back into the intriguing, mysterious world of the Narrows. Namesake is the conclusion to the Fable duology, and it's easily one of the best conclusion novels I've ever read. Namesake picks up pretty much right where Fable left off, which, if you remember where Fable left off, you remember being pretty upset. (I was, anyway.) I won't state too much about that, since Fable published only six months ago, and I will try not to spoil anything regarding Namesake as well. The world of Fable becomes so much larger in this book. Adrienne Young expands the world, the schemes, the politics, the characters. A wider cast of characters is brought into play, and even more political machinations, deals, risks, and revelations. Some characters who were briefly mentioned in Fable become critical players in Namesake. No specifics, but believe me, the plot thickens! I love the Pirates of the Caribbean vibe of this series. That alone was enough to make me pick up Fable, but the excellent writing, fascinating characters, and slow-burn, tension-filled romance made me fall in love with the books. One thing I will say vaguely is that a giant Easter egg in Fable manifests in Namesake. I was pretty sure I knew what the Easter egg was when I was reading Fable, but I wasn't quite right. It's not exactly what you'd expect. Adrienne Young is so sneaky, she had us thinking one thing, when in fact it was a completely different thing! I have listened to so many of her virtual tour events and Instagram live events, and she was SO sneaky about this Easter egg. Several months after reading Namesake (I'm writing this review in February 2021), I'm still delighted by the Easter egg. Let's talk about the romance! Fable and West are such an adorable, heartbreakingly beautiful pair. I love the romance of this book, and series. This series - actually, this book (Namesake) has the most romance on page of any of Young's books. I love the slow-burn in Fable, and the pure yearning in Namesake. The romance of this series is one of my all-time favorites of the Young Adult books I've read. Other relationships are just as important as the romance between Fable and West; for example, Fable's relationship with her father, Saint. But also, Fable's relationship with her mother, Isolde. I can't say anything more about that but... while Fable (book one) was more so about Fable and her father, Namesake is about Fable and her mother. In a way, but not in the way you think. You'll see! I truly love the characters that Adrienne Young has written. Fable, a smart, brave young woman. West, a selfless, mysterious man with a heart of gold. Saint, a trickster father who keeps his cards close. And the crew of the Marigold, who is the family that Fable never knew she needed. I love the characters of this book, even the "villains", who have such compelling backstories. Tropes: slow-burn romance, a hint of enemies-to-lovers romance (kind of? between West and Fable), found family, "chosen one"... kind of. You'll see what I mean. I won't say anything else because I don't want to spoil the book, but I will say that the book ended really well. The series wraps up wonderfully. Adrienne Young proves that you don't need mass chaos and bloodshed to end a series (I'm looking at you, Game of Thrones). I'm not saying there is NO violence at the end, but, the ending is really good. My heart was full, after reading this book. This book is absolutely worth the (short) wait, the marathon binge-read, or however you'll read this series. What I Did Not Like: I have no complaints! This book was such an excellent follow-up to Fable, and an amazing conclusion. I feel like I can't wait always say that about sequels or conclusion novels. Would I Recommend It: If you read Fable, you HAVE to finish this series. Namesake is so easy to read - I finished it quickly, once I started getting into the story. I didn't want to put the book down. This series is such a riveting fantasy series, and it has good crossover appeal to young adult readers and adults. It's a favorite for sure - the series is a favorite in general! Rating: 5 stars. There was no doubt in my mind that Namesake would be just as incredible as Fable, if not more. Adrienne Young has not disappointed me yet; I can't wait to see what she publishes next!

  29. 4 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    Namesake is the second and final installment of the Fable duology. And I found it to be a better novel than the first. Namesake takes off there Fable left off so Namesake can’t be read as a standalone. After freeing the ship Marigold, Fable, West, and the rest of the crew are ready to start anew. But that plan is sidelined when Zola, an infamous pirate hijacks Fable and forces her to arrange a deal with Holland, a rich and powerful gem trader. As the story unfolds, we learn that not everyone is w Namesake is the second and final installment of the Fable duology. And I found it to be a better novel than the first. Namesake takes off there Fable left off so Namesake can’t be read as a standalone. After freeing the ship Marigold, Fable, West, and the rest of the crew are ready to start anew. But that plan is sidelined when Zola, an infamous pirate hijacks Fable and forces her to arrange a deal with Holland, a rich and powerful gem trader. As the story unfolds, we learn that not everyone is who you think they are. That deals and promises made can be broken. A masterful pirate fantasy. The author, Adrienne Young has adeptly crafted a rich cast of characters. You can just visualize each character’s looks, expressions, and personalities. Young’s Plot execution is seamless. Transitions are smooth and flows nicely through each chapter. You won’t want the story to end. Namesake is a stunning young adult fantasy that is sure to capture the hearts of those readers that enjoy action, adventure, romance and sea faring goodness. Five spectacular stars. I received a digital ARC from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    Headlines: Cover win-inside goodness Full & satisfying Trousers over dresses Helmsman. Dredger. Trader. Orphan. Father. Daughter. This second piece in the duology did not let me down. I can’t tell you how relieved that makes me when I loved book one, there’s always that trepidation over the next one. This story, this crew, Fable and West really captured my book-loving heart and being able to follow the story to completion was everything. Interestingly, Fable was a little less tough and a little more w Headlines: Cover win-inside goodness Full & satisfying Trousers over dresses Helmsman. Dredger. Trader. Orphan. Father. Daughter. This second piece in the duology did not let me down. I can’t tell you how relieved that makes me when I loved book one, there’s always that trepidation over the next one. This story, this crew, Fable and West really captured my book-loving heart and being able to follow the story to completion was everything. Interestingly, Fable was a little less tough and a little more weepy in Namesake, showing a vulnerability I didn’t expect. Talking of expectations, family continued to be a key theme in this instalment and it was hard to trust anyone related to Fable. One of the things that captivated me in Fable was the diving and dredging; I loved for those moments in this book too and there were plenty. I just found that element so interesting, vivid, dangerous and wild. Even from above, I could feel them – the soft songs of the gemstones hidden in the reef below. West really struck me with the faith he had in Fable. She pulled some tough decisions, some gut feelings that weren’t based in much and he made things happen as a consequence. West was morally grey but 100% committed. I loved how their power dynamic played out, push and pull but one more in control than the other. I am all satisfaction at the story, pacing and characterisation of this duology. This will sit happily on my shelves as a favourite. Thank you to Wednesday Books for the early review copy. Find this review at A Take From Two Cities Blog.

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