Namesake – Adrienne Young – ARC Review

Title: Namesake
Series: Fable #2
: Adrienne Young
Genre: YA, Fantasy
: March 16th, 2021 (Wednesday Books)

Synopsis: 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.

Thank you to the publisher, Wednesday Books, and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Marigold is out of Saint’s control at last, but before Fable could enjoy her success with the crew, she has been kidnapped by Zola as a part of some scheme. To her surprise, she finds a familiar face on board Zola’s ship: Clove, who used to be a part of Saint’s crew and saved her life in the storm that the Lark went down in – and who was there when she was abandoned on Jeval. Fable is unsure about exactly what Zola’s goal is, but she is determined to get back to West and the crew, so she plays along, agreeing to dredge for gems as he asks and once in Bastian, help him secure a deal with the famous gem-trader Holland. But Holland has a surprising connection to her, and as she begins to learn more about her mother’s past, and what the events that are unfolding could mean for those she cares about, Fable will have to decide where her loyalty lies.

It’s been a few months since I read Fable, but Namesake picks up almost immediately after it and I found it very easy to follow even though I’d forgotten a few finer details of the story. Fable was a good read for the most part, and though I had a few issues with it, I mostly liked it. Namesake however, was so much better! A large part of that is due to the narration style – the way things are described makes it so easy to visualize, particularly the segments when Fable is on a ship or out dredging. There was also a lot more going on in this book, and being just as fast-paced as the first book, it was impossible to put down.

The cliffhanger Fable left us on was quite abrupt, but I really appreciated how this book didn’t rush to reveal everything all at once, and even when things did start to become clearer, there were still plot twists left in store. One aspect I wanted to see more of from the first book was fulfilled – Fable using her gem sage abilities. Though it wasn’t much of a central point in the story, it was cool to see. It was also great to learn more about Isolde, Fable’s mother, and her backstory, along with Holland’s actions, mostly drive the events of this book. Fable and Saint’s relationship is a complicated one and it continued to be a major plot point that was very well portrayed.

I was annoyed with West for a large part of this book but it’s hard to explain why without giving away spoilers. As for Fable and West’s romance, it was better than in book one, but I honestly felt it took up too much time in this book, and between that and Holland’s schemes, there was not enough page time given to the other characters, namely, the crew of the Marigold. They arguably, were even more affected than Fable and West by the events that occurred in this book and their reactions were entirely appropriate. It was lovely how they supported the two of them even though they were so mad at them. I just wish there had been a more proper resolution for this part of the story. A large part of all these issues would have easily been solved if West had a POV.

I loved how this book ended – I didn’t really expect Saint to come through in such a spectacular fashion, nor his actions after it. The scenes at the end, both in Fable’s Skerry and Jeval were wonderful additions and a great way to tie off this duology. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend this series.

Namesake releases on March 16th, 2021.

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9 thoughts on “Namesake – Adrienne Young – ARC Review

  1. Stephanie March 1, 2021 / 9:52 am

    If I’m perfectly honest, I found Fable to be pretty slow, which surprised me considering it’s a sea-faring adventure book. However, it did have a good cliffhanger, so I’m looking forward to reading more about all of that in Namesake. I’m going to try the physical book rather than an audiobook and see if that makes any difference. Sometimes just switching up the format can make a huge difference – and I’d really like to love these books! I so appreciate your review!

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 4, 2021 / 3:56 pm

      Thanks for reading! I agree, I think this is one of those series where the format will make a big difference. Fable had its slow moments, but it was quite entertaining overall, and Namesake was even better. Hope you enjoy it!


  2. CristinaR March 1, 2021 / 10:41 am

    I really loved Fable and that was such a cliffhanger I really can’t wait to read Namesake! This review made me even more curious and looking forward to reading it! Thank you so much for sharing x

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  3. Marta the Monogamist Reader March 1, 2021 / 4:18 pm

    Great review Raji, I find myself agreeing with your reviews most of the times. I agree West deserved a POV but also the rest of the crew deserved more background story… it’s still a lovely read, I’m glad you enjoyed it as well!

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 4, 2021 / 3:59 pm

      Thanks! I was almost certain West would get a POV this time and was really looking forward to it, but oh well – it turned out to be pretty good overall.

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