As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable 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.
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.
Honestly, I was on the fence about requesting this book from NetGalley, but after reading so many fantastic reviews, I decided to give it a try. Now, I’m raring to get my hands on the second in the duology.
From the first page, your heart goes out to Fable. She’s literally abandoned on an island full of criminals by her father – it’s a true sink or swim situation. Over the course of two years, she struggles to survive and learns some hard lessons along the way. Considering all she experiences, her trust issues are valid. Without such a strong, independent, charismatic MC, I’m not sure this book would have gotten such stellar reviews, but for me, Fable and her quest make the story. With much of the setting on the open sea, it receives bonus points.
Stakes are high, and Fable is in near constant danger. When the crew of the Marigold reluctantly take her in, she discovers they harbor many secrets of their own. After a rough getting-to-know-you period, trust and relationships form – I’m a sucker for found family stories. And if anyone ever needed the support of a family, it’s this group. With the crew, West’s and Willa’s characters are well-developed, but the remaining three aren’t as clear-cut and seem interchangeable. The author could have more planned for them in the next book – I’m anxious to learn their stories.
If you’re a fan of pirates, high seas adventure, closely-guarded secrets, and feisty main characters, I highly recommend Fable. Now I need the second book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.