Not only did Fable watch her mother drown during a horrible storm, but then her father (a powerful trader named Saint) abandoned her on a desolate island full of thieves. Using the skills her mother had taught her, Fable survived by diving and mining pyre that she could trade for coppers. After scrimping and saving for a time, Fable suddenly found herself under attack and in need of a quick escape. Fortunately, she managed to find passage through the Narrows on a ship with a trader named West. Something seemed off about this ship, though. And it wasn’t just the fact that West was so young, or that he had a particularly small crew… When they stopped in a port to do some trading, Fable couldn’t help but notice some further abnormalities about their business dealings. When this stop also revealed something peculiar about Fable, though, it became clear that she and the crew would have to learn to trust one another if she was going to stay alive, let alone find her way back to her father.
I loved so many things about this book. From the strong female characters, to GLBTQ+ representation, to the fact that it was such a well-paced and adventure-packed story, there are doorways to attract all sorts of readers! I can’t wait to read the sequel, Namesake (due out in 2021).