If you haven’t read Fable yet, do not read this review as it may have spoilers! Read my review of Fable first…and then read Fable because it is amazing.
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.
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.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4 Stars
Hopefully you checked my above disclaimer before reading this review, and if you are here you have already read and LOVED Fable like I did. I didn’t expect to get this eARC for a few more months at least as Namesake comes out in March of 2021. Imagine my pleasant surprise when this beauty popped up on my approved list on Netgalley!
There is something that Adrienne Young and Tricia Levenseller will always have in common for me – their books are ALWAYS one sitting reads. In fact, it is almost five in the morning for me, yet here I sit having devoured Namesake over the course of the last few hours. Something about Adrienne Young’s writing sucks me in and keeps me so captivated that little else matters. She has a gift for writing books that are both beautiful and easy to read.
I was beyond thrilled to see the world expanded upon in this second installment of Young’s newest duology. I was curious about the world established in Fable and am so glad that we as readers get to experience more of it in Namesake. I was also extremely curious about the relationship between Saint and Isolde and feel as though I got much needed information about their tragic love story in this book. We also got the opportunity to study more of Fable’s family ties, including her relationship with Saint. I loved seeing them together and also adored the inclusion of someone else from her past (you’ll see who I mean)
There were a few things that kept this from being a 5 star read for me like Fable was. The main thing that bothered me was the return of a character I HATED in the first book. Not only was this character returned in Namesake, they were redeemed in a way that I felt was a bit too easy. While I’m never opposed to a good redemption arc, I feel that this particular character should’ve had to work harder to receive theirs.
I also found myself annoyed with West throughout the majority of the second half of Namesake. While I understood why he was acting the way he was…for the most part, I wanted to push him into the ocean in the middle of a storm. He somehow went from being one of my newest book boyfriends, to an ex I wasn’t sure I wanted to see again. While he did get better before the book ended, those chapters where he annoyed me will definitely stick in my head.
Overall, while I felt that Fable was the stronger book int his duology, I did end up devouring and really enjoying Namesake. I feel like there is so much more world for Adrienne Young to explore here and genuinely hope that she writes more books set in this universe. Spin offs are always welcome, just saying.