Sunday, 24 February 2019

Book Review | Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Legendary by Stephanie Garber book review

My Rating: 10/10 
Published: May 29th 2018
Pages: 451
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy  
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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


Legendary is the second book in the Caraval series, and if you have read my Caraval review you will know I gave it 10/10, so I went into Legendary with very high expectations, and luckily this book totally exceeded them and is my favourite in the series so far. 


I don't want to go into plot points too much as this is a sequel and I don't want to give away anything from the first book, but in Legendary we focus on the sister Donatella, who is a lot more feisty and fun than her sister, Scarlett who was the main character in the first book. Tella is quite a flawed character and makes many choices that will have you screaming at the book, but there is something about her that has you rooting for her.


The mystery of who Legend is is a lot of fun too. Tella is constantly questioning characters in the book and I love being there and seeing her thought process and trying to figure it out along with her. There is so many twists and turns and with everyone playing the game of Caraval it's hard to know what to believe.


Legendary also goes so much further than the game of Caraval though and really works on the world building with the introduction of fates which feel like a mix of mythical Greek gods and tarot cards, two things I love as well as increasing on the politics mentioned in Caraval and it makes the world feel a lot more fleshed out and real. 


Much like Caraval, the writing of Legendary is beautiful and whimsical which really helps with the magical feel of the story. The descriptions in Legendary are just so lovely it really makes you feel as if you are there and I wish I could actually experience these things for myself. 


To say I loved Legendary is an understatement. It's just a beautiful magical mystery adventure that I devoured and I really can't wait to see how the story wraps up in Finale which is out this year. If you haven't read Caraval or Legendary yet, seriously, pick them up today! 
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4 comments

  1. I am glad to know it was your favorite. I listening to the first one and did not care for the voice. I do want to read the rest.

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  2. I am sure I've had heard a few things about this. It sounds like it a fun series, it's a shame Tammy above found the voice hard to listen to as I have to listen to books now as I can't read them and voices really can put me off sometimes.

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  3. It's good to hear that the second book in the series is as good as the first as you always run that risk of it no quite living up to expectations x

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  4. I've never heard of this book before, but it sounds like something that I would really enjoy. Happy to read that it's a series too, something to really get stuck in to.

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