As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable 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 was such a gorgeous edition that Fairyloot gave us, and I was a little afraid to touch it when the readalong started, haha, what if I rubbed off the shimmery edges with my fingers?!
Luckily I didn’t do that but I did hold this book extremely carefully for each reading day lol.
So this book’s start off pace was a sprint, I was a little in awe of how heavy and tense it is from the start, but I was totally there for it.
Fable’s had a very hard life, and she’s been hardened by it and it shows, I like that she wore this callus of life so openly, she has to in order to survive but it also makes seeing any vulnerabilities just that much more satisfying and well earned on the reader’s part.
The crew she ends up joining are just this epitome of mysterious and gruff, in some ways they reminded me of the squad from Gilded Wolves, not in their personalities but in their close-knit ways, they are obviously completely loyal to each other and Fable is a newbie, an outsider to them.
I felt Fable’s loneliness from the beginning, it’s really starkly presented and tugs your heartstrings. This also made for such a great journey for me and Fable as she gets to not necessarily lower her defenses but learn to become part of a crew/team.
Fable’s father was definitely a mystery that I wanted to unravel and was so impatient, and the reunion of Fable and her Father, well, that was a hit int he feels that I will leave for you to be surprised about if you haven’t read it. One thing is obvious though and that was Fable’s mom was the solid link between her father, Saint, and Fable. It was a shock to read it but holy cow, so well written.
Part of me wonders what role Fable’s mom will play in the next book, just because a character is dead doesn’t mean they don’t have a lasting effect in the presence so I’m looking forward to that.
The ending was a cliffhanger and I have no idea how i’m meant to be patient in waiting for the sequel when I need it ASAP.
Pacing was continuously intense and a ‘sprint’ from start to finish. I loved it and it was a great 2020 read, 5/5 cups of hot chocolate from me!