Legendary by Stephanie Garber


Author: Stephanie Garber

Published on: 1 July 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 416

Format: Paperback

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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.

I’ve been looking forward to reading ‘Legendary’ since I finished ‘Caraval’ last year. I was looking forward to dive into the world where magic comes alive and everything is a ‘lie’. Except in ‘Legendary’, is everything in the Caraval really a game or are they actually real? On the side note, if you have yet to read my book review on ‘Caraval’, you can do so here.

‘Legendary’ never fail to amaze me. Moreover, the novel pull me into the magical world once again. It almost felt surreal to be back again in the magical setting. The world building is spectacular and it far exceeded my expectations. The characters feel so alive and lifelike, they knock my breath away. Something which could be improved on would be the storytelling. I hope that it can be better woven to contain the mysterious element in ‘Caraval’. Don’t be mistaken though, this novel is filled with nothing but magic and mystery. However, I would have enjoyed the novel more if more mysterious element is embedded in the plot.

Dante is going to be my favourite character in ‘Legendary’. He is still so unpredictable and mysterious. I can never predict or even guess what is actually going through his mind. Whether he is playing his role in Caraval or whether he actually meant what he has said or done. Everything about him is just a big question mark. Throughout the entire novel, I’m unable to understand his true motives and thought processes. He seems like a puzzle piece that can never be fixed, as in you wouldn’t be able to successfully read him. I’m looking forward to more of Tella and Dante in ‘Finale’. Hopefully, we are able to see his true motives then.

Out of all the characters in the novel, the most predictable one is still going to be Tella. She is still the hot-headed, stubborn, ambitious lady in ‘Caraval’. I will never be able to keep up with her and I wonder, at times, how Scarlet is able to handle such an ambitious and spontaneous sister. Although Tella is reckless sometimes, I give her credit for being quick witted and street smart.

‘Legendary’ is definitely a page-turner, full of surprises, twists and turns, magic, an entrancing world and beautiful characters. I would certainly love to read ‘Finale’ and immerse myself in the world of magic to see what is in store for our main characters. Hopefully, this trilogy will end with a bang. 🙂

I have to give a huge thank you to Stephanie Garber for writing such a magical novel which got me hooked right from the beginning. I would recommend this trilogy to readers out there who wish to immerse themselves in a would of magic and adventure which will definitely blow their mind away. If you choose to embark on this journey through the Caraval, I will have to warn you though…

“Welcome, Welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.”

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