Book Review: Namesake (Fable #2)

Title: Namesake

Author: Adrienne Young

Pub. Date: March 16, 2021

Pages: 368

Pub: Wednesday Books

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

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.

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.

This will be a spoiler free review. Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review. You can check out my review for the first book – Fable if you’re interested. I loved it and it was such a great read!

I legit just finished this book and now I don’t know what to do with myself. Every time I fall in love with books set on the ocean, in ships (whether it’s pirates or sailors or anything in between) the story is over too soon.

This was a great ending for a great duology.

I read like, 50% in one sitting, and if I hadn’t had work, I probably would have stayed up all night reading it.

I will say that there was a moment where the ending was feeling a little anticlimactic, but it pulls through and leaves you wholly satisfied. Also, the whole Holland element wasn’t my favorite, but I do appreciate the emotional weights it causes the crew.

I also think everything happened really fast. Not necessarily a bad thing – but left me wanting more. Just more time spent on everything. I just wanted to spend more time in the world, with the characters, watching everything unfold.

Fable takes so many risks, and it’s nerve-racking, but incredibly satisfying.

West is just a poor troubled, in love boy and I think he needs a hug.

The soft moments between the two of them were just as enjoyable as the ones wrought with emotions, questions and tension. I just love them so much.

The world opened up more and I’m really bummed that this was the conclusion. I could easily read a bunch more books about the crews trading and antics. Like, give me the day to day, just living life stuff. I’ll eat it up. I’m also not ready to say good-bye to West and Fable, so I’d be down for the Happily Ever After stuff.

This book keeps you turning the page, falling in love with the characters and then suddenly you’ve reached the end. Fable and West are adorable – even through the ups and downs. I don’t think I was as blown away with this book, but that might just be because the hype surrounding it hasn’t yet reached a crescendo. Fable was so utterly fantastic and beat all my expectations.

I highly recommend this duology – you won’t regret it. Namesake is out now, so make sure you grab your copy!

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