Arc review – Fable by Adrienne Young

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September 8, 2020 by ceresbooksworld


Fable by Adrienne Young

Book one in Fable duology

Publisher : Wednesday Books

Publication date : September 1st, 2020

Source : eArc via Netgalley

Rating : 5 hearts




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.

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.


Fable is the daughter of the most powerful merchant of the Narrows, the sea is the only home she knows. She is 17 years old and it has been 4 years since her father abandoned her on an island full of thieves with little food. To survive she can only rely on herself and on the talent her mother left her. Indeed she can feel the vibrations of the stones under the sea and go to fetch them in order to sell them for food. She only dreams of one thing, to go back to her father and prove to him that she is made for this life. To do so, she will land on West’s boat so that he can drop her off on the island where her father lives. You understand well that everything will not happen as planned…

Fable was a child who was loved by her mother, as far as her father was concerned I also think it was the case but he couldn’t show it. It was a risk and by abandoning her he tried to protect her, I know it’s a twisted explanation but it’s understandable. Fable is a young girl full of potential, she has a talent, she is also full of good will, she doesn’t want to owe anything to anyone and in the end she will become attached to the whole crew. You will have understood that I like Fable a lot, she is a heroine as I like them, certainly she makes mistakes, she is unable to obey, even for her own good but in the end she is so endearing.

West is a charming boy, you can feel from the beginning that he is trying to protect Fable, he only buys stones from Fable, he comes to the island very often, so yes he has a hidden reason but he could have given up, something he didn’t do, he even saved Fable from an almost certain death. He is a good boat captain, he is young but he knows how to be respected, he makes good decisions and he will see all the colors.

I liked the beginning of the collaboration, if we can call it that, between Fable and the crew, necessarily at the beginning nobody trusts her, nobody wants her to be there but little by little, they open up and start to appreciate this young girl.

I like Adrienne Young’s style very much, I liked these previous novels a lot and this one is no exception. I have only one thing to say: WHAT IS THIS END!!!!!!! Why make me wait so long for Namesake (Volume 2). I’m really looking forward to finding out what will happen next and how the story of Fable and West will end.

Quick Word: This book is a nugget, read it!


Fable est la fille du plus puissant marchand des Narrows, la mer est la seule maison qu’elle connait. Elle a 17 ans et cela fait 4 ans que son père l’a abandonnée sur une île remplie de voleur avec peu de nourriture. Pour survivre elle ne peut compter que sur elle et sur le talent que lui a léguée sa mère, en effet elle peut sentir les vibrations des pierres sous la mer et aller les chercher afin de les vendre pour manger. Elle ne rêve que d’une chose, retourner voir son père et lui prouver qu’elle est faite pour cette vie. Pour se faire, elle va atterrir sur le bateau de West afin qu’il la dépose sur l’île où vit son père. Vous comprenez bien que tout ne se passera pas comme prévu…

Fable était une enfant aimée par sa mère, en ce qui concerne son père je pense aussi que c’était le cas mais il ne pouvait pas le montrer. C’était un risque et en l’abandonnant il a essayé de la protéger, je sais c’est tordu comme explication mais ça peut se comprendre. Fable est une jeune fille pleine de potentiel, elle a un talent, elle est aussi pleine de bonne volonté, elle ne veut rien devoir à qui que ce soit et au final elle va s’attacher à tout l’équipage. Vous aurez compris que j’aime beaucoup Fable, c’est une héroïne comme je les aime, certes elle fait des erreurs, elle est incapable d’obeir, même pour son bien mais au final elle est tellement attachante.

West est un garçon charmant, on sent dès le début qu’il essaie de protéger Fable, il n’achète des pierres qu’à Fable, il vient très souvent sur l’île, alors oui il a une raison cachée mais il aurait pu abandonner, chose qu’il n’a pas faite, il a même sauvé Fable d’une mort quasi certaine. C’est un bon capitaine de bateau, il est jeune mais il sait se faire respecter, il prend de bonnes décisions et il va en voir de toutes les couleurs.

J’ai bien aimé le début de la collaboration, si on peut appeler ça comme ça, entre Fable et l’équipage, forcément au début personne ne lui fait confiance, personne n’a envie qu’elle soit là mais petit à petit, ils s’ouvrent et commencent à apprécier cette jeune fille.

J’aime beaucoup le style d’Adrienne Young, j’ai beaucoup aimé ces romans précédents et celui-ci ne fait pas exception. Je n’ai qu’une chose à dire : QU’EST-CE QUE C’EST QUE CETTE FIN !!!!!! Pourquoi me faire attendre Namesake (le tome 2) aussi longtemps. J’ai vraiment hâte de découvrir ce qu’il va se passer ensuite et comment l’histoire de Fable et West va finir.

En bref : Ce livre est une pépite, lisez le !

About the author

New York Times bestselling author of SKY IN THE DEEP, THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK & the upcoming FABLE duology from Wednesday Books. Agent: Barbara Poelle, IGLA

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.

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