The Lark. the place my mother’s story ended. And in many ways, the place where mine began.Adrienne Young, Fable
There’s nothing more comforting than drinking a hot cup of tea in front of a roaring fire and reading a good book. That was me back in December reading the first installment of the Fable series.
I hadn’t read a YA book in quite a bit, so reading Fable sort of felt like coming home. These are the kinds of books that really got me into reading. You have a strong female protagonist, a handsome love interest, and of course an array of interesting side characters. This is a formula that cannot and has not disappointed me (yet).
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.
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Imagine this: You’re 14 years old and you’ve just witnessed your mother die in a horrible shipwreck, on a ship that you considered your home. Thankfully – depending on how you look at it – you make it out of the shipwreck alive, along with your only living parent. You’re grieving, but you aren’t alone. Until your father stops your boat at a sketchy island that’s notorious for being a horrible place to live. He takes a knife, cuts a weird diagram on your forearm (ouch), gives you some rules to follow, and says, “Find me later if you ever survive this incredibly dangerous place – byyyyeeeeeee.”
I’d be really mad at my dad if he did that to me. Like Animal from The Muppets mad.
Of course, Fable is also mad at her father. Unlucky for her, she gets four long years of barely scraping by to fume over it. She lets the tragedy of being abandoned by her father fuel her motivation for leaving the island and finding him so that she can claim her rightful spot on his crew.
And after those four miserable years, Fable finally finds refuge on The Marigold, with the handsome helmsman West and his crew of misfits. Together the crew works with Fable to find her father. Like any good YA fantasy book, the crew runs into many problems on their journey through the Narrows. We’ve got rival traders, unrequited love, and daddy issues. We also come to find out that West’s pants are on fire big time. You’ll probably know that the moment you meet him in the book.
Is this book predictable? Yes. Is that bad? I don’t think so. It’s kind of nice to read a book and not have to overthink everything. It’s like re-reading a complex book or re-watching your favorite show. It’s comforting. It also boosts my self-esteem when I predict a plot twist.
My final and most important thought from reading this book is that it gives off HUGE Pirates of the Caribbean vibes. I’m not just saying that because both primarily take place on a ship, but I also kind of am. There are other reasons I think they’re similar, but that’s a different post.
So, if you are not a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean, or any other pirate or sea-dominating book and or film, then the chances of you enjoying this book are slim. If none of that bothers you then you should definitely stop reading this post and start reading Fable, but only if you are able.
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