If Fable is going to save them then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.
Filled with action, emotion, and lyrical writing, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Namesake, the final book in the captivating Fable duology.
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Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Wednesday Books for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I completely fell in love with Fable and it's amazing characters and storyline, so of course I was thrilled to get an ARC of Namesake. Fable had ended on an intense cliffhanger and I was dying to know what happened next. Adrienne Young has created such a wonderful fantasy world and I'm thrilled to dive back into it.
West's Dark Past
One of the big themes of this book is how little Fable really knows West and is she willing to accept him once she learns more? I loved seeing their relationship develop because they were only fully together briefly in Fable, whereas Namesake gives us the chance to really see them as a couple...and man, does West need to work on being part of a couple! To be fair, this is a guy that has been the problem-solver, leader, and protector of his friends and family for so long that I really do understand how hard it is for him to share the burden. However, he needs to figure out how to do this if him and Fable have a chance together. We are also given the chance to see just how brutal West can be when the moment needs it - we got a taste of it in Fable with Craven's death, but Fable is forced to come to terms with this side of him and decide if she can truly love him.
Excellent New Characters
We spend a lot more time with Zola in this book (as he has just kidnapped Fable), but he's not the most interesting villain. Instead, we are introduced to Holland, the mysterious woman who controls the gem trade in the Unnamed Sea, and wow, is she something else. She's cruel, manipulative, smart, and has a lot of plans for Fable's future. Honestly, I loved her as a villain. She's so smart and is able to maneuver people exactly where she wants them. Cruel? Yes. Incredibly interesting? Absolutely. We also learn more about Isolde and Saint - while they aren't "new" characters, we didn't really see them in Fable, so it felt like we were really coming to understand them both in Namesake.
Love Character Relationships
There are so many interwoven histories and relationships between characters in this duology and I love that we are given the chance to unravel some of them. Besides the newer ones (like West and Fable), getting to know more about Fable's past relationship with Clove, how Paj and Auster came to be together, and learning more about Isolde and Saint were wonderful! There are so many rich characters in this series, it's hard to know that we'll never really know the history of all of them. BUT Young has briefly mentioned that she's been getting a ton of requests for Saint's story, so maybe we'll see more of him and Isolde in the future (keeping my fingers crossed for this).
Overall, this book was everything I was hoping for in the sequel to Fable. New characters introduced, relationships are tested, and character storylines are well resolved. I'd highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone who loves young adult fantasy, who enjoyed Fable and wants to know what happens next, or those who are looking to try YA fantasy for the first time.
Namesake comes out March 16, 2021 and I can't wait for everyone to read it so we can talk about it!!
SIDE NOTE: Did you know that Reese Witherspoon's book club has chosen Fable for their YA Book Club pick? If that doesn't tell you how much you should love (and read) this series, I don't know what will!
FINAL RATING: 5/5
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