“Helmsman. Dredger. Trader. Orphan. Father.
Author: Adrienne Young
Published: March 16th 2021 by Wednesday Books
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.25 Stars)
Synopsis (from goodreads):
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.
As some of you know, I have really enjoyed the first Part of this Series, Fable. Even though I didn’t like some parts of it, I still thought that it was an enjoyable read and really well written.
Last time the book ended with a rather interesting cliffhanger, which was another reason I wanted to read this book. (not just my obsessed love with pirates and the sea)
And to my surprise, this book was much better than the first one in my humble opinion.
This time I really fell in love with Fable. She’s a total badass, but she isn’t perfect like most of the portagonists in YA books. There are some things that she as a person needs to work on, and this is exactly why I started loving her. Fable, as a character, had sharp edges and depth which made her much more realistic and not just some kind of cutout perfect character that you can throw into your book without spending much thought about it.
Someone I also really fell in love with is Fable’s dad, Saint. I already loved him in the first book, but in Namesake the relationship between him and Fable got so much deeper and much more lovable, that I even cried when he has finally called her “his daughter”.
That was such a emotional moment for me, which made my body tear up and cry like a teenager who has just watched 13 Reasons Why. (talking about me here, how I literally cried my eyes out after the last episode of the last season)
I just really cherished the father-daughter relationship Saint and Fable had and it was really lovely and heart-warming to see them both evolve into such loving characters.
Talking about relationships, let’s take a look at the relationship West and Fable shared. Which was complete garbage in my opinion.
There was still no chemistry between them, which I already didn’t like in the first book. It all just felt really insta-lovey and just…bad.
To be honest with you, I think that Koy and Fable had way more chemistry in those few pages, than Fable had with West in the whole two books.
West was also a really annoying character for me. He seemed to do everything for Fable because he loved her, but didn’t really show any ounce of it.
This guy literally didn’t care about his whole crew not wanting to do something because he “wanted to help the love of his life” but Fable literally NEVER asked him for help.
At this moment I just wanted to reach through the pages and punch him.
But let’s move onto the worldbuilding. This is something I have criticized in the last review, and this is something that has changed a lot for the better.
I really loved the atmosphere of the whole world and also how distinct some things were. First, I wasn’t sure how much you can “world build” on the sea, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Looking back at the first book, Namesake was really much more packed with plot and action. So many things have happened and it was a complete 180 from the last book. This was something I really enjoyed as well, since I literally couldn’t put the book down and flew through it.
Overall, this book was much better than the previous one. I really enjoyed reading and listening to it while feeling like a pirate.
I would have loved giving this book 5 stars, but sadly there were still some things missing for me even though I was able to connect more with the characters and crying at the end of it.
I would recommend this book to the people who have read the first one of course. Especially the ones who didn’t enjoy it as much and found it quite boring.
This book really is a more action packed one and has a lot more going on that the last one.
Right now I am reading “The Last Legacy” by Adrienne Young, which is also set in this universe. So you can probably see that I really enjoyed this one quite a lot! ♥