Review: Namesake (Adrienne Young) – Fable #2 | the sea-adventure with the crew of The Marigold continues!

After reading Fable somewhere in October, there was no way for me to not anticipate its sequel, Namesake. I’ve said this countless times before but: there’s just something about this story. If you’re interested in reading all my thoughts on Fable, I have a Goodreads review up for it!

Fable ended on a cliffhanger that had me on the edge of my seat so when I saw I had managed to get an arc of Namesake, I was just…speechless. I couldn’t wait to dive back into this sea adventure (HA, see what I did there?) with the Marigold’s crew! But did Namesake leave up to my expectations?

What is Namesake about?

Namesake (Fable #2) by Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release date: 16th March, 2021
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy/Adventure
Representation: gay couple (mlm), bipoc characters
Trigger/Content warnings: kidnapping, abandonment, abuse, violence, drowning, murder

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Be aware: this synopsis could possibly contain spoilers for the first book in this duology.

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.

What did I think of Namesake?

The fact that this duology is over just leaves me feeling so…empty. And sad. Lots of sad feelings about that, even though the ending was really satisfying and well-done. You know when they say that finishing a good book feels like losing a friend? Well, that’s exactly what I felt after closing Namesake.

It’s just that, in my opinion, Adrienne Young has this incredible talent of making you feel like you are in the story, as if you are part of some big adventure. The writing is so vivid and everything, including the characters, just feels so real. I don’t think this is the best duology ever written, but it just has something that makes me love it so dearly. The author just really knows how to grab you by the throat and not let you go (in a good way…).

The plot of Fable and Namesake is really interesting and I love the characters, although sometimes I just craved a little bit more from them. That being said, they really grew on me and I don’t want to say goodbye! There’s something about their stories and how they intertwine that just…gets me. I think the following quote really fathoms why I love this duology:

“It was one long series of tragically beautiful knots that bound us together.”

Adrienne Young, Namesake (quoted from an advanced copy)

Something that really surprised me about reading Namesake is that the part of the story where I was most interested in, was something I didn’t care for in the first book. I really think that this book did a great job at showing the dynamic between Fable and her father. And especially why her father is that way and why he did the things he did, the influence the world and his own rules had on him.

This review is such a mess because I just don’t know how to explain why I love this book. Normally, I’m really good at understanding my own feelings. Like, when I love a certain book, I will know why I love it so much, but with this series I can’t seem to figure out the exact truth. It just has something to it (I can’t seem to stop saying that, oops!) and I feel like these books are on their way to become comfort reads of mine. They make me feel so peaceful and at home!

“We were salt and sand and sea and storm.”

Adrienne Young, Namesake (quoted from an advanced copy)

I like to think this is a story about the sacrifices we make for love, and how they don’t always feel right, but they feel like the only option. And I don’t know (like you clearly noticed), I love it.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that this book has a special place in my heart. Do I know why it does? No, not really, but the most important thing is that it’s the truth. The Fable duology is a wonderful journey to experience and I will definitely be picking up more books by Adrienne Young! Definitely deserves a 4/5!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review! This did not affect my opinions in any way.


I still can’t believe I actually got to read this before its release date (which is today by the way!), that just feels so unrealistic to me! Either way, I’m so sad to say goodbye to the Marigold’s crew but I’m pretty sure it won’t take me that long to reread Fable again so…

Also, this might sound weird but I’m looking for book bloggers to be friends with! I’ve been really into buddyreading lately but somehow it’s really hard for me to find book bloggers to buddyread with. If you know anything that could help me please tell me, or if you want the same thing as I do: I’m thinking of starting a Goodreads group for it? I don’t know, let me know! So…

10 thoughts on “Review: Namesake (Adrienne Young) – Fable #2 | the sea-adventure with the crew of The Marigold continues!

  1. ahh i haven’t read fable or namesake yet, but the covers are so gorgeous, and i’ve heard some great things about both of them!! i love both the quotes you included as well ~ the writing in this duology sounds so beautiful!! i’m so happy that the relationship between fable (who i’m assuming is the main character) and her father is shown, and more detailed, because i love family dynamics in stories!! lovely review!! 💖

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  2. Wonderful review! I loved this duology too and totally get what you mean when you say it felt like losing a friends. It’s such an immersive story and you really connect with the characters, especially Fable. I told another blogger earlier that I wish the author would do a spin-off series following the crew of The Marigold so we could see how their adventures continues. I think it would be epic!!!

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