Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Also by this author: Caraval, Finale
Series: Caraval #2
Also in this series: Caraval, Finale
Published by Flatiron Books
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
After the magical ride of the first book I really wanted to know what would happen next. I was not thrilled that this would be from Donatella’s POV but I was willing to give it a try to see how it went.
The story starts off with the reader learning some very important things about Donatella, things she never shared with her sister. I really loved the beginning of this book because it brought back all of the magic of Caraval. I loved seeing what the master of caraval had up his sleeves for this book and I liked the added challenge of what a man who has everything could really be looking for.
I didn’t love Tella’s voice in this book because I still found her to be a bit crazy and a snob but she grew on me as the book went on because it seemed she was always willing to take on the hard parts of life in order to spare her sister that grief. I liked Tella’s journey and how she had to navigate everything by herself this time and how she didn’t know which man to trust. I loved being swept away in this world again and there was one point were the book was just pure magic for me. Everything was coming together so nicely.
I feel that while I love the magic and storytelling of Garber’s writing that she sucks at endings! I am always 100% with the story until we get to the ending, then I feel that everything we were led to believe this whole time was false and the magic just instantly dies. So how does one rate a series of books were the book is so magical, beautiful and pure until the last 10% of the story? Well I’m still struggling with this myself. I thought the ending of this story was just abrupt and rude. I don’t even know where to put my feelings now. So I suppose for now I will just have to be patient and wait for the last book and hope Garber stops messing with my head and heart when it comes to the ending.