Namesake by Adrienne Young is the second book in the Fable duology. It’s been awhile since I read Fable, so I listened to the audiobook before starting Namesake. I’m glad I did and then immediately jumped back into this story. Like always, I will not have any spoilers for Namesake.
Now that the Marigold is free of Saint, Fable and the crew are set to make a new beginning. However, their freedom is cut short when Fable is taken and forced into a scandalous scheme. To get back to West and the Marigold, Fable must help this thug secure a partnership in Bastian with a powerful gem trader who is more than she appears: Holland.
While diving deeper into a world of betrayal an deception, Fable learns that the people she loves are being put in danger by the secrets that Isolde took with her to her watery grave. Now Fable must risk everything if she is going to save them—not only the man she loves, but the new found home she adores.
For such a quick read (for me), a lot happens to Fable and the secrets that everyone is hiding come to light. How she is able to trust anyone is beyond me. The fact that Fable is taken almost immediately after freeing the Marigold, settling things with Saint, and being able to be with West openly just sucks for her. However, having someone from her past that she thought was dead pop back up is a great twist. Despite not being able to trust anyone, Fable does find some unexpected and tentative allies while she’s forced to work this scheme she’s been pulled into.
Once Fable is in Bastian and learns about Holland, West finally appears. Bastian is a whole new playing ground for this duo, and the way that Fable and West constantly try to save and protect each other while outsmarting those who try to trap them is frustrating. Although I love that they do eventually stick together and come up with a plan, the lack of communication isn’t ideal. I really enjoy the world Fable lives in, and I’m sad that her story has come to a close. The ending though leads me to believe that there is an opening for more in the future, which I hope happens.
“I was Saint’s daughter. And before I left the Luna, every bastard on this crew was going to know it.”
“That was the first time I’d seen the underneath of him, if only for a moment.”
“There are some things that can’t be carved from a person, no matter how far from home they’ve sailed.”
“”I’m not a doll,” I snapped. “I don’t need to be dressed.””
“You can’t keep trying to take control of everything. You can’t save everyone, West.”
“For the first time in my life I wasn’t hiding, and neither was he.”
“It was one long series of tragically beautiful knots that bound us together.”
Star Rating: /5
Spice Rating: 0/5
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