Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Book Series Review: "Fable" Duology by Adrienne Young

Book 1: Fable 
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Page Count: 357 pages
Rating: 5 // 5 stars

Book 2: Namesake
Publication Date: March 16, 2021
Page Count: 360 pages
Rating: 5 // 5 stars

Overall Rating: 5 // 5 stars

I've been a fan of Adrienne Young's ever since her debut novel, Sky in the Deep. I absolutely loved that book and I really enjoyed her follow up, The Girl the Sea Gave Back. When Fable came out, I was really intrigued at the idea of a nautical fantasy duology from an author I'd only previously read standalones from.

It took me a while to finally start this duology but someone who's opinion I trust ended up reading it recently and recommending it so it got moved up on my TBR quite quickly. I read this duology in less than a weekend and I enjoyed every moment.

These books have not only an intriguing world and vivid setting but also interesting characters and an addicting plot. I've always found Adrienne Young's writing style to be very accessible to me, which helped a lot as I recently emerged from quite a long reading slump. All of these elements combined led to me being complete sucked in and forgetting that I was reading a book and not sailing on the seas with this cast of characters. I was fully invested in every moment. 

The only thing I will say is that the romance wasn't as big of a deal as I'd hoped, but I also wasn't let down by it so it's not a negative that I wasn't addicted to it. I think, for me, I really cared more about the narrator and how the entire cast of characters were, rather than the individual romantic relationship. In that regard, I found myself skimming over the romance-only scenes and favoring the scenes where all the characters were together, whether it be for witty banter or clashing opinions. 

I will say, I've enjoyed most nautical fantasies that I've read. I haven't read very many in comparison to, say, regular fantasy or romance books. However, I've always really enjoyed this sub-genre. I think part of this might be due to my obsession with Pirates of the Caribbean when I was younger. In any case, I think my past nautical story experiences allowed me to understand the settings a lot better and know what different terms meant. 

Overall, I absolutely adored this duology from start to finish. I can't wait to read the spin-off sequel about a certain family we met and see how the world and side characters are progressing. I also just am excited to get a copy of Namesake in the future when I have proper bookshelves again and display these gorgeous books. 

Fable and Namesake were enjoyable, addicting reads from Adrienne Young that has cemented her on my auto-buy author list. Having read 4 of the 5 books she's published, I think this is definitely a fair assumption to make.

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