ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Saint by Adrienne Young


Publication Date: November 29, 2022
Format: Audio
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Narrators: Ell Potter, Will Damron

Publisher: MacMillan Audio
9 hours 39 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


As a boy, Elias learned the hard way what happens when you don’t heed the old tales.

Nine years after his lack of superstition got his father killed, he’s grown into a young man of piety, with a deep reverence for the hallowed sea and her fickle favor. As stories of the fisherman’s son who has managed to escape the most deadly of storms spreads from port to port, his devotion to the myths and creeds has given him the reputation of the luckiest bastard to sail the Narrows.

Now, he’s mere days away from getting everything his father ever dreamed for him: a ship of his own, a crew, and a license that names him as one of the first Narrows-born traders. But when a young dredger from the Unnamed Sea with more than one secret crosses his path, Elias’ faith will be tested like never before. The greater the pull he feels toward her, the farther he drifts from the things he’s spent the last three years working for. 

He is dangerously close to repeating his mistakes and he’s seen first hand how vicious the jealous sea can be. If he’s going to survive her retribution, he will have to decide which he wants more, the love of the girl who could change their shifting world, or the sacred beliefs that earned him the name that he’s known for—Saint.


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I may be one one the only people who hasn't read Fable...yet.  Saint is a prequel to this novel telling the story of her parents Elias aka Saint and Isolde. Isolde is from he unnamed sea and her mother only cares about her success in business no matter what the cost.  When Isolde discovers her mother had her father killed she decides she needs to run before she falls to the same fate. 

Elias aka Saint is an orphan, his father drowned at sea because Saint didn't follow the signs or respect the sea the way he should. Now he does everything the old way. He has seen the shippers from the unnamed sea flood into his territory and take over but he has plans to put the riches back into the hands of the people of the narrows. 

When Saint and Isolde meet there is an instant connection but there is much keeping them apart as well. Through a well told tale of politics, wheeling and dealing and always trying to stay one step ahead of her mother and the other merchants in the narrows Saint and Isolde fight the odds. Saint is devoted to the sea but will the sea all him to split his love between Isolde and her or will she take revenge on him. 

Brilliantly told, made me want to run out and grab Fable. I was instantly interested in the world that has been created full of merchants and guilds and the politics that keep certain people in power. Excellent read and the narrators only enhanced the experience. 

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