There are some excellent parts in Namesake, don’t get me wrong. I love the plotting and the hints at being a gem sage, the second-guessing of everyone’s motives and how things will work out. Unfortunately, there are too many conflicting plots which means that the insurmountable problems are solved too easily to make way for the next impossible situation. And nothing works out the way it’s supposed to, but don’t worry, it does. It’s all too easy – without allowing time to sit in the consequences of some very big decisions made here, everything starts to feel inconsequential. And if nothing matters, why are we here?
The words on the cover are very misleading.
Literally nothing is traded throughout this entire book. Deals are made, and bargains struck, but no goods exchange hands.
If anything, Fable is the opposite of a fighter – she’s dragged from one situation to another with very little say. HOSTAGE would’ve been more accurate.
How can she be a legend when even her grandmother didn’t know she existed? Is her mother supposed to be the legend? Maybe to her family but not to many others. Or is it the gems that are legends? That seems a little high-handed for one little gem lost twenty years ago.
It’s like the first book being called Fable despite being only marginally magical realism. So many lies.
I’m surprised there’s another book in this series, as I’m starting to doubt we needed this one. I will admit that it did round things up nicely, though. I’m worried it’ll feel excessive, but I am always hopeful that I’ll be pleasantly surprised. If nothing else in life, I’m always optimistic about books.