Nothing ever works out like one hopes and the Narrows have a way of defeating you just as you think you have won. Except now, Fable finds she has much more to lose, "Never, under any circumstance, reveal what or who matters to you," her father also warned. Far too late, Fable finds that more people are important to her than she have ever realized.
A breathtaking fantasy story set in a naval setting. Young creates a tense world, teetering unsteadily between order and chaos. Danger is ever present and haunts these young people's lives. There's never a restful moment in the story (Fair warning: as this book is the first of a duology, you won't even find rest at the end of this book!). The tense storyline is enhanced by the complex relationships between the five young people on the ship and the overlapping threads with their antagonists. There's rich drama here/
There is, in fact. much to love in this book: an immersive and plausible setting with a complex socio-political structure, vivid scenery, lots of naval action, and meaningful human interactions between Fable and the four members of the Marigold. Romance, a late arrival to this passionate story, almost seems like an unnecessary afterthought, but it certainly doesn't detract from the story. The focus though is the usual lifeblood of a great adventure: loyalty, betrayal, legacy, and destiny. A gripping page turner.