Book Review – Namesake by Adrienne Young

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Title: Namesake (Fable #2)

Author: Adrienne Young

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication date: March 16th, 2021

360 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

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.

Review

“There are some things that can’t be carved from a person, no matter how far from home they’ve sailed.”

Adrienne Young, Namesake

Please feel free to take a look at my review of Fable if you haven’t already seen it before reading this review. However, I will keep it as spoiler free as possible.

Namesake completes the Fable duology, and it was good – but not as good as Fable was for me. I would have loved for more of the book to take place on the Marigold with my favorite characters, but so much time is spent on another portion of the story with other people and I was just reading waiting to catch up with the crew again without really experiencing it. It definitely took a different direction than I was expecting for the series.

That being said, the overall plot of Namesake was very intriguing with the new characters brought in and the new dynamic with Fable, Holland, and her father. You find out more of Fable’s origin story and can see her father in a different light. The writing is still incredible and evocative and you can almost feel yourself on the sea or in the waters dredging. I loved the redemption of one smaller character in Fable and the incorporation of that callback.

Furthermore, Adrienne recently released a companion novel in this world! Titled The Last Legacy, the book will follow the story line of a new family that enters the story in Namesake. I’m highly anticipating this book and can’t wait to read more in this world. It publishes in September 2021 – and I am in awe of Adrienne’s ability to publish 3 books in basically a 1 year span. Very excited to return to this world in the future!

Happy reading, folks!

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