Review – Namesake by Adrienne Young

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Book Title: Namesake

Book Description: “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.”

Book Author: Adrienne Young

Book Format: Hardcover

Publisher - Orgnization: Wednesday Books

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Date published: March 16, 2021

Number Of Pages: 368

  • Writing - 8/10
  • Art - 8/10
  • Overall - 8/10


Namesake is the second novel in Adrienne Young’s Fable duology, bringing the story as we know it to its natural conclusion. This is a fast-paced and thrilling read for all the fans out there.

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Namesake Brings With It a Satisfying Conclusion

Namesake is the second novel in Adrienne Young‘s Fable duology. It depicts a fantastical world full of emotion and action—plus trading and secrets. If you read the first novel in this series, you’re really not going to want to miss out on the sequel.

Adrienne Young - NamesakeLast we saw, Fable was ripped away from the life she had chosen for herself. Simultaneously, she was ripped away from the Marigold. Now she’s once again been thrown into a sea of deception, and she’s going to have to fight to make it out intact.

It seems that no matter how far she runs, Fable cannot escape her past. Or her family. Both keep coming for her, and trying to interfere with the decisions she makes for her future. Yet, so far, that hasn’t stopped Fable or her dreams.


The biggest question on everyone’s mind, I’m sure, is if Namesake is worth the wait. The answer is yes. If you enjoyed Fable (like I did), then you will certainly enjoy the conclusion to her story. Namesake is an evocative read, one that tugs on heartstrings and pulls the reader in a thousand directions.

It all begins with a kidnapping. Well, to be fair, we already knew that part. It happened at the end of Fable. But that is where this story begins. Over the course of this novel, the world seems to expand, showing us more destinations and characters than ever before.

It also expounds upon Fable’s own history, a story that had already felt complex enough. Understandably, Fable herself goes through quite a lot in this novel, giving her plenty of room for character growth and more.

This is the fourth novel I’ve read by Adrienne Young, and I believe you can really see how much her writing has improved by now. I’ve always enjoyed her way with words, but she somehow took it to a whole new level here.


Understandably, Namesake is a pretty fast-paced read. It seems like there is always something going on, be it Fable diving into a reef, or dealing with the surprising politics of her world. It’s one of those books that will do its best to kidnap readers. For example, I read the whole thing in one go, because I simply couldn’t put the book down.

The revelations and new antagonists of this novel were a surprise, but in a good way. The twists and turns were exactly that—a surprise. Yet they also fit in with the rest of the world that Young has created. They also fit in with what we know about Fable, and that is something we should never take for granted. Overall, this novel actually did a great job of wrapping up all of the loose threads revolving around Fable and her goals in love.

In that way, this was the perfect conclusion to the story. While I am sad to see it go, I am happy to see an ending that did her story justice. It’s bittersweet, to be sure, but all of the best endings always are.


Namesake is every bit the novel I had hoped it would be. It was entertaining, fast-paced, and full of surprises. It was also the conclusion that Fable and all of her fans deserved, and that alone made it worth the read, in my book.

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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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