By: Adrienne Young
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Page Count: 357
Synopsis: For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one, and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father, and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.
But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him, and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.
This review will be spoiler free.
Before I get into the review can we take a moment to appreciate how INCREDIBLE that cover is?! I was already in love with this book before I even read the synopsis. Anyways *sighs to collect herself* we’re here for my review, not my obsession with that gorgeous cover, so on to the story!
This book is full of pirates, cutthroats, epic high seas adventures and the dark fantasy backdrop reminiscent of a show like Black Sails. This book is slow, it’s not a fast paced goofy pirate tale akin to Pirates of the Caribbean, no this story lingers with the characters and gives us a look into Fable’s life and her struggles after being abandoned. I love Fable, she is tough and scrappy and she fights for her place and I love to see that in a female character. I also liked that the book was just from her POV, which is odd because usually I am the first to say every book should have a dual POV. I just think that the point of this book was to see the world through Fable’s eyes, to feel her struggles and her relationship with her life at sea, and that was perfectly captured.
Another thing I liked about this book, which is going to sound really weird, is that this was a fantasy book without really any magic. I know that sounds kind of like an oxymoron but I think fantasy doesn’t need to be magical, and somewhere along the line we forgot that and every fantasy became centred around characters with magical powers. I really liked that the fantasy elements of this story worked to weave the dark world which allowed the story to feel more grounded.
My only complaint, and this is incredibly minor, is that I felt the book was like maybe a chapter too short. I think certain things at the very end felt a little rushed (hence the 4 star rating) but honestly this did not detract from the story and I think (especially considering that cliffhanger) the second book will give more depth to any sections that felt a little rushed.
I highly recommend this book to any fans of fantasy, pirates or dark adventure stories, this is definitely a must read! I actually think this book reminds be a little of six of crows, only more grounded with less characters to keep track of. I think the fact that the magic in this story isn’t as flashy and in your face allows you to focus on the characters themselves and their relationships in a way that similar books do not.
Have you guys read the sbook yet? let me know your thoughts down int he comments.