ARC Review: Namesake

I was so excited when I received an ARC of Namesake from Wednesday Books, all I wanted to do was drop everything and read this. Sadly, life gets in the way, but I was finally able to read this book and I loved it! If you haven’t read Fable yet, be sure to check out my spoiler free review here.

Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced readers copy. This is an honest, spoiler free review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.


Namesake by Adrienne Young
Published: March 16, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 368
Rating: star-1star-1star-1star-1star-1

Trader. Fighter. Survivor.

With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she 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 her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets 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.

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.


I loved this book so much. That is all.

Okay, all joking aside, this book picks up right where we left off in Fable and sets us on a journey I did not expect. I love this duology and I love what Adrienne puts Fable through as she fights for her freedom and her place out at sea. There were so many moments where I was just reading as fast as possible so I could see what was going to happen next. I haven’t read an entire book in a day in a while, but Namesake was so easy to get through because every chapter pulled me in more and more.

One of my favorite things about this book is the political tensions between the different traders. While some may not care so much about it, or find them interesting, I loved that tension between them and the problems it brought for Fable. Eliminating competition, especially for business, always makes a great motivator for characters and it’s clear that a lot of Fable’s problems would be solved without these ploys to take over the trading routes. Each time Fable gets handed off like a token, I wondered how she was going to worm her way out of the next problem. It was so fun trying to figure out how she could save herself and win back her freedom.

Fable is a favorite for me and even though she has some tough decisions to make, I love her way of thinking through problems. She gets so creative and finds ways to help herself that I would never have thought of for myself. We hear a lot about Fable’s mother, Isolde, and in this book we got to learn more about her. It’s clear to see where Fable not only got her looks, but her brains from.

This book comes with a punch as we weave through various twists and turns with the goal of returning home the only thing in mind. I love that Adrienne is able to make you care so much for these characters and get you engaged with even the smallest struggles going on. But by the end, I think this was all worth it. I loved the ending that Fable got and it makes me happy to think that through everything, at least there’s a happy ending.

If you’re a fan of seafaring, feminist adventures, be sure to check out This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria – and you can check out my spoiler free review here!


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