Monday, September 6, 2021

Namesake (Fable #2) - Adrienne Young

Summary: 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. (Summary and pic from

My Review: This is the sequel to Fable, and you can read my review of that book here. Although Fable gave a great back story, if you’re reading Namesake, you should probably go back and read Fable first because it’s also really fun and the back story gives you a lot of insight into what is going on in the current story.

I’m just going to say right now that if you’re into reading about pirates, and you say the word “swashbuckling” a lot or participate in International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th (or if you’ve even heard of this), you should probably read this book. It’s all the fun about pirates and none of the bloodshed, murder, and mayhem that they actually caused.

One of my favorite parts of this duology is the female protagonist. She’s tough, talented, and good at what she does. She also has characteristics that make her more realistic feeling. I mean, there is a lot of magic going on, and some places where one must suspend their knowledge of reality (like diving hundreds of feet down for treasure while just holding your breath…don’t get me started on this), but Young does a good job of making the characters feel authentic in that no one is completely good or completely bad. Even the villains are given some redemptive qualities. This is not to say that there isn’t a YA whimsical feeling to all of it. This is a pirate story, after all. There is a fair amount of Disney-esque wonder and pirate happenings that gives one those same feelings you might experience from watching the movies or even riding the pirate rides at Disney. If you’re already humming the song right now, you should go read this book.

The story itself was a fun one. It had some good twists and turns, and some fun new characters who had a whole new element of drama and delight. There is a love story, of course, because pirates in a YA novel have to have a love story between young characters or one would question the author’s intentions. There were some things I didn’t agree with, necessarily, but even with my own opinions on this I feel like the story felt organic, even though I did have to suspend some belief, because in the end I, too, like to be sucked up in a good swashbuckler.

If you’ve read Fable, or you’re planning to, you must certainly read this book. It’s a given. It left the reader on a cliffhanger, and this sequel does a good job of tying up loose ends after creating some more danger and complications to its own story. Sometimes a sequel is disappointing in that it doesn’t live up to the awesomeness of the first book. I didn’t find that to be true in this case. Namesake has its own fun story arc, and Young does a good job of creating a fun world where one can’t help but be swept up in the romance and whimsy of it all.

My Rating: 4 Stars

For the sensitive reader: There is some language, but there are also some pretty steamy love scenes. I was surprised, actually. There is quite a bit of detail and the scenes lasted longer than I would have thought for a YA audience. There is also typical pirate violence (which is not to say that violence should be typical, but more to say the categories of violence you would expect to see from a pirate).

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