ARC Review: Fable by Adrienne Young

*I was given an ARC of Fable in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Titan books and Adrienne Young.*


Fable is a story about a girl’s journey to find a family. The story follows Fable, who is the daughter of a powerful trader. At just thirteen years old Fable lost her mother to the sinking of their ship and subsequently, she lost her entire family.

Her father did not die, instead, he took Fable to the island of Jeval and left her there. Giving her the challenge of finding a way off the Island, Fable become a dredger and sold her findings at a trade market. Here a handsome trader called West, who is the helmsman of the Marigold brought every piece that Fable brought him.

After a bad run-in with a Jevali dredger, Fable escapes Jeval and pays for passage on the Marigold to Ceros. Here she will be reunited with her father.

Firstly I am aware that a lot of people have already read this book, however, it is still not available in the UK. So basically this review is mostly for my UK readers who do not have access to this title yet.


I really enjoyed this book, it was not really what I was expected. But it was still enjoyable. 

The plot was somewhat slow and I really had no idea where it was going to go or how long it was going to take to get there. However, when it did pick up, somewhere after the halfway mark, I really enjoyed it. 

Character-wise this book was okay. No one was really too interesting, other than Fable’s talent with gems which I would like to know a lot more about. West didn’t really ‘come out of his shell’ until the very end and the romance felt very rushed. 

I really wanted to like Willa and I thought she had a lot of potential to be a great character. However, she and the rest of the crew fell quite flat for me. Hopefully, in the next book, we will get more of an insight into their lives and why they are on the Marigold as I do think they could all be great. 

I kept forgetting how old Fable was during this book and the fact that West was older than her felt wrong. However, it was completely fine as Fable is 17 and I was picturing West as being somewhere around 30. So that problem is on me and my bad memory, sorry. 

Anyway back to the romance. The blurb of this book actually says that it is ‘filled with romance’. I would not agree with that statement. This is probably best described as a slow burn, but it’s definitely the slowest burn I’ve ever seen. You don’t even realise that the characters like each other until the very end where they apparently love each other. Personally, it seemed a little out of place. 

The best part for me was definitely the world-building. It felt like I was really on all of these interesting Islands and honestly I wish you got to spend more time on them. The traders market in Dern was definitely one of my favourites and I wish you got to see more of it when Fable and the crew were selling there. 

As I already knew that this will be a duology I did start getting nervous near the end as I knew something was going to happen. Oh my did something happen. I cannot wait to read the next installment Namesake and I really hope that unlike Fable the UK will receive it at the same time as the US. 

I’m not sure if this review makes it seem like I liked this book, but I promise I did. I would have just liked to see a little more from it. Fable has definitely set up the next book well and I can’t wait to see what the crew of the Marigold get up to next.

Check out Fable when it is out on 26th January 2021 (UK, the book is already available to purchase in The US)

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