Review: Namesake by Adrienne Young

Author: Adrienne Young
Series: Fable #2
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Released: March 16th, 2021
Received: NetGalley

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I received a copy of Namesake in exchange for a fair and honest review.

It is time. Adrienne Young’s duology, Fable, is about to conclude in Namesake. It is time to see how Fable’s story wraps up, don’t you think?

Last we saw, Fable has been ripped away from her hopes, and her home, all of which could be found on the Marigold. Now she’s been sent off on another adventure – this one she is much less willing to take part in.

Yet it all ties back to her past. And her family. It always does. In some ways, it feels like she will never be free of the world that she was born from. But Fable is a driven woman, and she will fight to the end to have a choice for her path in life.

“I was the Saint’s daughter. And before I left the Luna, every bastard on this crew was going to know it.”

I’m not entirely certain what I expected, when thinking about how this duology would end. I can tell you that no matter what I was thinking, Namesake surpassed any hopes I had on the matter. It did justice to the tale that Fable started, and kept me reading right up until the end.

No really, I read Namesake all in one go. I couldn’t bring myself to put it down, not even for a snack break. The new antagonists, revelations, and emotional turmoils kept me fully invested, and even left me just a little bit sad, when it was time to say goodbye to it all.

That’s the sign of a good story though, so I won’t complain about it ending. Not much, at least. I promise. All good things must come to an end, and that includes our time in this world that Young has created.

On that note, I really did enjoy the world itself. The concept of living on the ocean, of diving for treasures. All of it, even (perhaps especially) the less glamorous parts. It all felt so alive here, especially when Fable’s story got brought into the fold.

Namesake did a fantastic job of wrapping up all of the plot arcs already started, while creating a few more to make us all the more invested. It brought Fable’s conclusion to the perfect point, and really did justice for all of those fans out there. Of which I know that there are many.

Honestly, I feel like duologies are underrated these days. I love book series, don’t get me wrong. However, I do enjoy a shorter series that knows exactly what it wants to do. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why I loved Fable so much. Adrienne Young set out to tell us a story, and she did exactly that. I know that this is one that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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