For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one, and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father, and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.
But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him, and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.
This book is a perfect example of #BookstagramMadeMeDoIt. I had seen this beautiful cover everywhere and seemingly everyone was chatting about it, so I finally caved and picked it up.
I went into this book with no expectation, yet somehow it was still not what I was expecting. First off, this book is VERY light fantasy, however, I believe that the fantasy elements will be built upon in the sequel. I wanted more fantasy. I wanted to see sea monsters and see how our main character could interact with this world through magic. The lack of magic did pull the rating down a bit for me, just because I wanted more. At its core, this is an adventure survival story and if you look at it through that lens then this is a really great story. I think I would have been more satisfied with this story if it was marketed like that, as opposed to a YA fantasy.
I have seen many people dislike the romance, however, I thought it was solid. I think we were given enough little hints to it, without it falling into the “insta-love” trap. In fact, I think that the romance brought the rating up in the end for me. I am excited to see the relationship between West and Fable evolve into the next book.
The big highlight of this story for me was definitely the characters. Our lead character of Fable is one of the best female YA protagonists I have ever read. This is the feminist story I think more young girls should be reading. While Fable is determined and strong, we also see her vulnerabilities. She feels very genuine and real, making you feel this attachment to her. The entire cast of characters was great. They were well fleshed out and you feel like you really know them.
Overall if you enjoy young adult, I definitely recommend this book. If you love the found family trope, then this is a great one to pick up. I am highly anticipating the sequel and will definitely be reading it when it is released.
I would like to thank the author, Wednesday Books, and Netgalley for sending me an eARC.