A review by erinpatreiss
Namesake, by Adrienne Young

adventurous dark emotional hopeful inspiring tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


Namesake picked up immediately to follow through with the cliffhanger from Fable. The Fable is separated from her crew and forced to revert back to surviving on her wits with danger where ever she is. 

The second book focused less on the love story, because it was already established and flushed out, and more on Fable’s other relationships and the grief of losing her mother, which I found very satisfying! I wouldn’t have minded a little more getting to know you between Fable and West. Some more intimate dialogue between them… but I understand why it wasn’t done.

I feel like I wish that there had been more of a show of the relationships between Fable and her found family/crew mates. So many crew member characteristics were well founded in Fable, their histories explored in Namesake, but not as fully as I felt they could have been. The bond of their crew seemed to extend to Fable more by default of West than earning the individual friendships. It would have added depth. But I still enjoyed learning about a little of the crew’s histories. 

I think the least purposeful character was Holland. Her character seemed like a place filler. I wanted to see her deviousness and cutthroat business. I understand how Priest rose to the top, but Holland’s rise was less explored and more implied. She seemed like a petty old woman, easily pushed aside. I wanted more evil mastermind to explain why things played out the way they did. 

But I loved it all the same. I didn’t want to leave this world and was so excited to see that there was a stand-alone out there and The prequel, Priest, out in November of 2022!

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