With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and the rest of the crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when Fable 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 the secrets her mother took to her grave 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.
That writing of hers … Young has done it again. Her poetic writing style intertwined with her wonderful storytelling has kept me compelled once again.
Continuing right where her prequel Fable left off, we uncover more of Fable’s past and what journey’s lie ahead for the crew of the Marigold. Though there are definitely some more willing to go than others, the crew comes together to venture off once more.
As much as the writing and aesthetic of the world brought me delight, I did have a hard time getting into the story in comparison to its predecessor. It felt a little slow but rushed at the same time; the parts I wanted more detail with were rushed and made me wanting more. And of course, no one has learned from their mistakes, as West and Fable continue to “protect one another” behind their backs … which also hinders the crew (that poor crew). I also felt that the side characters (ex. the crew) were neglected to focus more on Fable and West. Normally I wouldn’t find this an issue, but book one really started to expand their stories while book two left me with questions and yearning for more.
Overall, I’m still very pleased with Young’s duology and I’m eager to read more of her works.
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