Fable – Adrienne Young

From the publisher, “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.”

Excellent!  I gobbled up the author’s previous books and this one is even better.  I am drawn to seafaring books and adventure, cunning, grit, etc.  The author quickly creates the setting, outlines the characters, and pulls the reader into the story.  The reader gains insight into the character without the author droning on and on about the thoughts and feelings.  The story never drags and West, ahh quite charismatic: stoic, hardworking, sacrifice, heart yet tasked with dark deeds.  I delayed reading this until I obtained the sequel, Namesake, so I can read them back to back.  Highly recommend.

eGalley review                                                      Publication date 9.1.2020

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