Author: Adrienne Young
Narrator: Emma Lysy
Audiobook Length: ~9 hours
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.
Before I get into the actual review, I just want to admire the covers. I love the divide between them and the differences that give a nod to the events and growth in the story. It is always fun when books in a series line up with each other as it just gives it an extra visual appeal.
After the complete joy that was Fable, I was excited to experience the conclusion of this duology with Namesake. For continuity, I decided to listen to the audiobook of this one considering I listened to the first novel. As the same narrator, Emma Lysy, voiced both novels, it helped keep everything consistent with my reading experience. This novel picks up pretty much where Fable’s cliffhanger leaves off, so it is highly recommended that you read to the first novel before continuing on to this one. As it starts off right in the action, it did take me a minute or two to try and remember everything that happened in the first to catch myself up to the events at the beginning of this story. For me, a slight prologue or something just to catch the reader back up if they either took a lot of time between the two novels or if they just have a horrible memory might have been nice. Those that do not need the extra recap can simply skip it, so, for me, this would have been a win-win.
Fable has been kidnapped and is taken away from the crew of the Marigold. She is now on The Luna with Zola and his crew. Working for Zola’s crew is Clove, who was adviser of Saint’s, so there is the betrayal to deal with right from the start. They are on a mysterious mission for dredging and we get to see Koy again as he is recruited to assist. I loved that Koy was brought back as his part ended on a cliffhanger where he was threatening to get Fable after their issues in book one. As he is featured more in this story, the reader gets to learn more about his character and it was great getting to know him and have him get some depth. The author does not go into crazy detail for him, but at least it was a little more than the reader got in the first novel.
Zola is working for Holland and we get to learn about her and the mission she gave The Luna. The readers learn a lot about Holland, a gem trader, in this novel and how everything all connects in one way or another to Fable. Holland enlists Fable for a mission and crazy new adventure ensues that links to events in the first novel. It is a simple yet complicated story as more secrets are revealed and, as the title states, the origin of Fable’s name is revealed. It is a well-laid out story where everything neatly links together. I found myself missing the crew of the Marigold after becoming attached to them in the first. They exist in this story, but I missed having them more prominent. West is still present as Fable’s love interest and their relationship continues to bloom. He is very protective of her and tries to do anything and everything to make sure she is safe. It felt a little overbearing at times as he wanted so badly to help that he would sometimes miss the point that maybe it was best to stay out of it until a plan could be made. Some may disagree with me and not mind it at all, but it was a little much for me.
The adventure in this story was entertaining and I loved how we learn more about Saint. His relationship with Fable grows more in this story and it was nice to see the two of them getting to the root of their issues. Some of it goes a little too cleanly, but I understand there were some limitations with the other plotlines that needed to be wrapped up all by the time this novel concluded. The story itself is well-paced as it is a high adventure where there are dangers, deadlines, and mysteries to solve. Everything wraps up in a satisfying manner where the reader walks away feeling pleased with their reading experience. It is a good conclusion, but it did feel a little rushed compared to the first and is one of the reasons I rated it a little lower. It was good, but just did not fully live up to my expectations. It did make me continue to enjoy Adrienne Young’s writing and I would be interested to read more of her works!