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Review: Namesake by Adrienne Young

Having been SO surprised at how much I enjoyed Fable, I had even higher hopes for Namesake. If you’ve been looking for your next nautical adventure fix then you definitely should check out this duology. It’s a book where trust is scarce and secrets unfurl with the sails. Keep reading this book review to find out if you’re ready to set sail!


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.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Is it just me or does everyone suddenly have a thirst for nautical adventures? Sure, I’m not going to go jet off on a smuggling ship because you know reasons, but if that’s the vibe you’re looking for, then you have to check out Fable and Namesake. While the beginning almost starts as a parallel to Fable – starting off more on land – at around halfway through, we are back to nautical scheming. It gives you that thrill of adventure, sea salt, and callouses. Namesake introduces new players and pieces to this puzzle. I couldn’t help but wonder if Fable will ever find peace.

Listening to this on audio book, paired with the fantastic narration, mean that I was done in a matter of a few days. I was making excuses to listen to this! I was like, “well I guess I can clean my sink”…..who volunteers to clean?? All in all, when I wasn’t absolutely swept away by the schemes, betrayals, and high tide, I enjoyed the way Namesake looks at people. Are they merely sources of weakness in a world where we can’t wear our heart on our sleeve. While they can be people that are used against us, they can also make us stronger, give us help, and convince us to be brave. Plus that ending though – definitely had to listen to the last quarter in one sitting.

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