Legendary by Stephanie Garber Source:*E-ARC from Netgalley
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Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval
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 read Caraval earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I gave it 4 stars and the review to it is linked here.
I loved Legendary!I really liked the characters and the relationships between them didn’t seem forced. I liked that we got to see from Tella’s point of view and what she was thinking in the last book and what her motives were. I wanted to get to know more about her in the last book and find that I like her better than Scarlett now! It was the other way around in the last book. The world was just as magical as it was in Caraval and sometimes what I thought as true was not. The stakes were much higher in this book than Caraval.The minor problems I had with Caraval were not present here.I have to say I loved all the characters and the relationships.
This whole story was very magical and I could never have guessed the turns it took. I thought that their mother just left them and didn’t even think to imagine that it had to do with something magical and that she would be the catalyst to the whole story. I’m glad that she was saved and hopefully we will get to know more about her in the next book.
I really liked Tella and Dante together and,as individuals. Their relationship was just how I like it. It didn’t seem forced or drawn out to much. I liked Dante in the last book and wanted to know more about him too. I didn’t exactly guess he was Legend. I kept going back and forth on who Legend was just like Tella was. When she was given blood and he called Julian,his brother, I was back to thinking he was Legend but then kept thinking it was done to confuse me. One thing, I was certain of was that Dante had something to do with Elantine’s heir. At that time, I thought he was actually the true heir,but it was just a part of Legend’s plan. I really hope that Tella and Dante/Legend get back together in the next book as he did say they have a lot to discuss.I think he really loves her as he freed the fates so she could be free.He’s protrayed as the villain, but here he definitely was the hero. I liked their relationship a lot more than Scarlett’s and Julian’s.
When we were introduced to Jacks’ in the ball, I had a feeling that he was Tella’s ‘friend’ but I did not guess that he was the Prince Of Hearts! I also thought that Tella would become his one true love but I did think that Tella would fall in love with him. I didn’t want that because I wanted her to be with Dante. I liked Tella with him too, but I thought he was too evil and manipulative for her to be with him. At least he kept his end of the bargain by bringing her mother to her,although he changed it to his means anyway.
Another thing I’d like to mention is Scarlett going behind Tella’s and Julian’s back to look for her fiancé or ex fiancé. I’m okay with her going behind Tella’s back because Tella had done a lot of things behind her sister’s back but I don’t like her going behind Julian’s back.I think there should be trust and it causes unnecessary drama. I hope she will tell him soon in the next book.
All in all, I loved everything about this book! The characters, the world, the pacing. I highly recommend this book!
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*Thank you to netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the e-arc. All views expressed are my own.