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.
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.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Y’all should know by now that I love to start a review by gushing over the cover, so what comes next shouldn’t be a surprise, right? THIS. FREAKING. COVER! Can we just all agree that Wednesday Books is killing the cover game right now? One slow clap from me, keep up the good work. (If you need further proof that Wednesday Books has gorgeous covers this year, I will put some of my favorites at the bottom of this post for you to drool over.
While Sky in the Deep was an unequivocal five star read for me, I had a harder time with The Girl the Sea Gave Back. While that one was a one sitting read for me, it didn’t quite have the pull of Adrienne Young’s debut. The moment I saw the cover and read the synopsis for Fable, I knew it was a book I NEEDED to pick up. I am beyond happy to report that Fable absolutely blew me away.
Fable as a character is likable, fierce, tough and just someone I constantly found myself rooting for. She never gave up and showed an incredible determination to see her goals completed. Even in the face of rejection and failure, she maintained a strong will and persevered.
One of my favorite things about Sky in the Deep was the cast of side characters and the connection that I formed with them as a reader. The supporting cast in Fable is just as wonderful and likable, if not more so. Fable’s entire friendship with them was a kind of slow burn and I enjoyed watching that develop slowly.
There is romance and while it is ridiculously swoon worthy and actually brought tears to my eyes, it did not overtake the plot. Fable was the start to an incredible story about a girl finding her family and her place in the world, and I can’t wait to see where the stories goes in the sequel. Definitely preorder these gorgeous books – I already have!
Now, to prove that Wednesday Books has the prettiest covers of 2020 (click the pictures for more info on each book):