Book Review: Legendary – Stephanie Garber

Book Review: Legendary – Stephanie Garber

BOOK REVIEW (9)Series: Caraval #2
Release Date: May 29th 2018
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Pages: 432
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: I picked up a signed edition at my local bookshop.

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

I absolutely loved Caraval and Legendary was one of my most anticipated books of 2018. Legendary picks up right where Caraval finishes, although this time the focus is Scarlet’s sister Tella. The book is full of magic and mystery and I raced through this book, I just couldn’t put it down.

Untitled design (36)The second book in the series is much more complex, as this time it’s even more difficult to tell what is real and what isn’t. The book was well paced and I enjoyed the glimpses of characters from the first book as well as the introduction of new characters. I did feel the book was a little too romance heavy, but overall I thought it was a really terrific read.

The world building and character development are truly excellent and I definitely felt that Stephanie Garber upped the ante this time around. Tella is a really fascinating character, she’s wilful and stubborn and has to make some really difficult decisions in the story. Although I preferred Caraval, I definitely felt like Tella was a more interesting protagonist.

Legendary is full of magic, excitement and beautiful writing. If you loved the first one then you will not be disappointed. If you haven’t had the chance to pick it up yet you should definitely do it now – plenty of time to binge read both books before Finale is released.

5 stars

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