Along the way, Fable will learn more about who she is, the people who made her, and where she wants to go moving forward. Although she fears that her emotions make her soft, these are some of the parts of her that make her strong against the storms of others' desires for her. The character growth and development that happen in this book are equally as strong as the first. Combined with the lyrical prose and absorbing plot, this sequel is a strong book in its own right.
There were some interesting themes about monopolies, political power, and the control of trade that were thought-provoking. I also appreciated the themes of forgiveness, family, and romantic love that continue from the first book. The romance takes a backseat here, but I still loved its inclusion. Beyond Fable, other characters are also finding their own truths, and I enjoyed their journeys as well - there are so many fantastic and compelling characters in this duology, and I loved every tidbit about them. This was a world that I would love to follow more, and I am sad to leave it behind.
With compelling characters, atmospheric writing, and intricate plotting, NAMESAKE is a riveting and stunning conclusion to the FABLE duology. Highly recommend for fans of YA fantasy - this is a duology not to be missed.