At 13, Fable lost her mother in a terrible shipwreck. Then she was abandoned. Her father, one of the richest traders in the Narrows, left her on an island populated by the worst thieves the Narrows have ever seen and with little food. She knows to trust no one and depend only on herself for what she needs. Every day is a fight to survive, but she is determined to find her father and take her rightful place alongside him and his crew. Three years pass and Fable finally sees her chance off the cursed island: joining trader West’s ship, the Marigold, and its rather odd crew. It seems that getting off the island was the easy part as she discovers her father’s business has grown and with it, its dangerous consequences. She finds herself learning new truths every day. From the lines carved on her arm to West’s true purpose. Will she ever find out why she was left on that island and will her father even take her back now that she's found him?
Teen Student Volunteer (15):
I really enjoyed this book and its set of quirky characters made me smile. Fable’s persevering nature is also quite the inspiration to people all around. The cast of characters is, most definitely, the best thing about the book. With its very strong female protagonist, a plot with twists and turns, and characters who have their own personalities and intentions, it is absolutely amazing.
Fable has a GORGEOUS cover! This book is the first in a duology, and the second book has a cover that complements this when they are next to each other. They are two halves of a face that form Fable and it’s beautiful!
Strong girl pirate ... and so much more. The characters (despite their line of work) are endearing and quirky. Readers will enjoy this high seas adventure and Fable's journey to find the truth.
There is YA-level romance.
This is a high-stakes, high seas adventure.
The book can strike some interesting conversations about what being independent means. Does it mean never yielding? never seeking or accepting help from others? It's easy to say yes or no, but what are the 'whys" behind it. How hard was it for Fable to see these lessons?
14 and Up
13 and Up
Teen Student Volunteer. Reviewer's Age: 15
Buy. The story has a great femaie protagonist and pirate adventure.