Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Title: Legendary

Author: Stephanie Garber

Pages: 451

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Published: 2018

Source: ARC (Thank you, Hodder!)

Rating: ★★★★★

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 was one of my most anticipated reads for 2018. I absolutely loved Stephanie Garber’s debut novel Caraval and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second book of the series. I was extremely lucky to receive an ARC of Legendary which is just a miracle in itself. I was honestly so happy to receive a copy and it’s safe to say I really, really loved this book.

Caraval gave us a great introduction to this series and really set the tone but I feel like Legendary really took the series up to another level. In Legendary, we follow Scarlett’s bit of a rogue sister, Tella. Tella is a young woman who loves to push the boundaries but lives and deals constantly with the pain of losing her mother when she was younger. She loves to play games and I found her playful nature to really shine in this book. Our story follows Tella as she plays Caraval this time and navigates through the game. Tella is determined and clever but also has fun. Although I say she is clever, she does manage to get herself into a rather sticky situation in this book.

We don’t see as much of Scarlett in this book which was a little sad but it wasn’t a huge issue. There is one character that we really get to know more throughout this book that was present in Caraval. I won’t mention who it is but I’m really glad that we got to see this character more.

Stephanie’s writing is always a joy to read and has quickly given her a spot in my top author list. I love how the magic really comes off the page and how I feel like I am fully immersed in the book. The writing makes it so easy to imagine the characters, settings and makes this book a memorable read.

The setting was similar to the setting of Caraval but different. We travelled to the Valenda which had a whole host of new places to explore and visit with new and intriguing characters. I love that the books include a map at the front as this helps to really make the book a more immersive experience. I felt like Legendary went further by having an added magical and mysterious element, but I won’t say too much as you’ll just have to see! All I will say is that it involves fate.

Legendary ended with the biggest twist of the series so far. Although a little predictable, I was still happy with the turn this book had, especially since there were so many throughout the book.

Legendary, in conclusion, was a wonderful read. I’m so glad that books like this exist and I’m ecstatic that there will be a third and final book to (sadly) close this series.

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