Synopsis: A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.
After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister, Scarlett, from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.
The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice, but now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever…
Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . the games have only just begun.
Review: Isn’t this a gorgeous cover or what? If you haven’t read the first book of the Caraval series, here is my review.
Legendary focuses on Donatella, Scarlett’s sister, a secondary character in Caraval. In this book, Donatella (Tella) has to pay the anonymous benefactor or “friend” in return for gaining her sister admittance to Caraval. Not only that, but Tella also owes her “friend” for another favor she has asked of him.
This time the game is set in an entirely different town and with different rules. The stakes of the game are higher than it was in Caraval. While Scarlett was utterly naive to Caraval and its twists and turns, Tella knows them firsthand. I loved Tella, maybe more than Scarlett, for her boldness and cleverness.
“Every story has four parts – the beginning, the middle, the almost ending, and the true ending.”
There are several reveals in the end, and I am stoked that I guessed Legend’s identity correctly! Although I didn’t like some parts of the book, I loved as the book came nearing its end. I loved Dante, who at first seems like your regular Casanova, but there’s more to him than just that. He was awful numerous times, but he also encouraged Tella when she was about to give up playing the dangerous game of Caraval. If there’s bad boy Dante, there’s also his competition – Jacks or Tella’s fake fiance. Even if I were nauseated by the sheer amount of apples he consumed, I would have liked to see more of him in the book.
Stephanie Garber’s writing was full of vivid descriptions, and the tone was playful and light, like Tella herself. BUT! Stephanie left us hanging here again! AGAIN! Anyway, the game of Caraval will continue with the final and third book in the series, Finale.
“When you truly care about someone, aren’t you supposed to be honest, even if it means you might lose that person?”
Verdict: I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend this book but…please read Caraval first, or you will be utterly befuddled.
About Author: Here’s the author website where you can find out more about her => http://stephaniegarberauthor.com.
**Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: May 2018
Hardcover: 451 Pages
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