Oh my gosh. You guys. Caraval may have swept me off my feet but Legendary took my breath away. Stephanie Garber is a sorceress with words! Before I dive into my thoughts, here is a 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.
Stephanie’s writing is just so gorgeous and atmospheric!! Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I got so hungry reading a book. Every word on the page felt infused with its own special magic.
Valenda was AMAZING! Every new place Tella went felt so unbelievable yet so real. Elantine’s palace, the Temple of The Stars, the dress shop! I don’t understand how such magnificent and wonderful ideas come from her imagination but I’m not complaining.
Going into this book, I wasn’t sure if I would like it. Heck, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it! Mainly because this book is from Tella’s point of view and I didn’t like her much in the first book. But man oh man. She’s much more clever and daring than anyone gives her credit for! I’m happy Scarlett and Julian were in this one even if they were hardly there. And I LOVE Jacks (don’t ask me why) and I ship him and Tella so hard (again: don’t ask me why). I felt as if there were more characters in this book than the previous one, and were more fully fleshed out.
The plot in Legendary is SO much different than in Caraval! That’s not a bad thing, however, I really enjoyed a completely separate game and never being able to know what would come next. I was somehow even more intrigued in this one, the mystery aspect was so twisty I couldn’t put the book down!
My main complaint is the focus on romance. I didn’t like how often the romance aspect popped up in the book, it took away from the high-stakes suspense. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a romantic, but this was too much.
I really, really loved Legendary for its fantastic plot, amazing characters, and beautiful writing. In some ways, I actually enjoyed it more than Caraval! I’d highly recommend for fans of fantasy and YA. Hope you liked the review, and tell me if you’ve read Legendary! Au revoir!