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Fable: A Novel

– tekijä: Adrienne Young

Sarjat: Fable Duology (1)

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Adrienne Young's writing is superb! Not to mention her worldbuilding. She created a culture and meticulously fleshes out the character. This is shown as she gives everyone a back story. And no, it does not make the book drag. Rather, it gives life to the narrative. What is powerful about Young's storytelling is that she shows how everyone carries their own blindspots and motives, things that must be hidden deeply because they are the strongest weapon against you. In each page, layers are peeled and in it the art and heart of a gifted wordsmith.

Fable lost her innocence the moment she was abandoned by her father on an island where you don't make friends, only enemies. In a world where there is no grace, only exchange of favors, Fable has to be astute and attentive. When troubles arise, she ends up as an unwelcome passenger of the Marigold. There she meets a group of waterside strays who might just be as canny as her because of their desperation to survive. She is not seeking to reach out to be a part of them, but sometimes camaraderie sneaks up on you and you have to decide if you will become each other's greatest fear or partner to survive the Narrows.

And then that ending came with the worst cliff-hanger and now I'm left wondering how can I get my hands on the sequel ;)

*I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own. ( )
  mclara9 | Oct 26, 2020 |
This book wasn't what I was hoping for. I loved the Sky in the Deep duology and was hoping for something similar. This wasn't it.

First, what I did like.
I love how Adrienne Young writes. She's one of the few writers I can think of that manages to write "flowery" but still not dredge the whole book down with description. She uses beautiful language to make you experience her words.
I loved the setting and the idea of the book. It doesn't mince words when it comes to the hard realities, and the setting is (what should be) an interesting, vibrant, harsh world. Plus, it's a kind of pirate story.

Now what didn't work for me.
The characters: For some reason, I never really connected with any of them. They were interesting, but felt flat. I wanted to care, but I didn't really get to know any of them well enough to care. Even with Fable, I felt like she was missing something. The most emotion I felt in the book was during the last 20 pages or so...way to long to feel something for the characters.

For me, the plot was a little boring. There's all this potential for action, but there isn't any. For example, in the beginning, we get to meet Fable and see what she does to survive, but there isn't any depth to it. It's like a quick summary...which is ok except that all of the book feels like a summary of events. The storms, the merchant shops, all of it. Another example, (spoiler alert) there is no real build up to finding the Lark. This is the whole point of the story really, to find the ship and make her own way, but it is VERY anticlimactic. And brief. It really disappointed me.

I also was disappointed that this ended in a cliff hanger, but that's a personal dislike. I was not expecting the book to continue directly into the next one, but to be more like Sky in the Deep, where we get the same world, same basic setting, but a different POV.

Overall, I would give it 3 stars, mostly because I love the writing. ( )
  RachDani | Oct 23, 2020 |
Devoured this in an evening. Loved the setting, characters and intrigue. However, the ending made me feel like I had been sucker punched by someone springing from a dark alley. The sequel better explain that as I was like "Say What!?!" ( )
  sennebec | Oct 4, 2020 |

❝ Keep your knife where you can reach it.
Never, ever owe anyone anything.
Nothing is free.
Always construct a lie from a truth.
Never, under any circumstances, reveal what or who matters to you.❞
What the what?

Holy shit, this was phenomenal!

It was exactly what I wanted. Starting from the breathtaking cover (seriously look at that fucking cover! Hands down one of the best of 2020!), feminist YA fantasy storyline, LGBTQIA representation, badass pirates, adventure with a touch of action in the high seas and let's not forget the well-considered controlled pacing romance between West and Fable that wasn't rushed nor forced—It was damn near unputdownable!

Besides the epic adventure the author takes readers on, what I enjoyed the most was the authors writing. The author's writing has improved drastically since 'The Girl the Sea Gave Back' and dare I say, the ‘Fable’ series is her best work yet. She was able to captivate me far more with the main characters than imaginable and what led the Marigold crew to cross paths, well paced plot, remarkable supporting characters whose backstories I hope is further explored in the 'Namesake' including Fable’s parents Saint and Isolde, the strong friendships and broken families ties. And that cliffhanger though! Take notes authors because that’s how you get readers amped for the sequel.

I seriously can't remember the last time I raved so wholeheartedly for a young adult fantasy novel. I thought for a second I was in a rut but hell to the naw! ‘Fable’ resurrected me from the slump grave and I’m sitting on the edge of my seat eager to get my hands on the next installment, ‘Namesake’ because it’s going to blow everything else out the water.

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  ayoshina | Oct 2, 2020 |
There are heroines for whom leadership is thrust upon them. These are the girls who reluctantly rise to greatness, which usually involves some major soul-searching and testing of their fortitude. Then, there are those heroines like Fable by Adrienne Young. These girls know their strengths and weaknesses, both physical and mental, and have no problems rushing headlong into danger for the right reasons.

Fable is T-O-U-G-H. Not only does she survive for four years on an island of thieves and cutthroats living by herself, but she also free-dives like she was born underwater, stares down potential rapists, and faces danger with a clear, pragmatic head. Yet, Ms. Young lets us know just how fragile she is underneath that cool exterior. After all, being abandoned as a preteen by your father after being told you weren’t meant for this life, is going to leave emotional scars, of which Fable has plenty.

One of the best things about Fable, outside of the fact that she can kick some major ass, is her self-awareness. She may have daddy issues, but she doesn’t (always) let them interfere with what she needs to accomplish. She knows her strengths and plays to them. Also, she has the ability to read others’ body language, which helps tremendously in her situational awareness.

For most of the novel, Fable does everything right no matter what the world throws her way. She sets goals, follows her instincts, observes, and acts appropriately, and eventually achieves her goals. This does not mean the story is boring. In fact, the story is exciting as she finds her plans thwarted at every step through no fault of her own and must constantly adapt. There is only one mistake she makes throughout the course of the novel, which ultimately sets up the cliffhanger ending to leave you wanting more, and boy do I want more.

Fable is not a long read. Personally, I finished it in the course of a few hours. This is partly because it is not a very long novel at 368 pages but also because I did not want to stop reading. I found myself so engrossed in her story that I could not put it down. In addition, with its tropical setting, Fable is the perfect antidote to a gloomy autumnal weekend. ( )
  jmchshannon | Sep 14, 2020 |
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