Legendary Book Review

Legendary is the sequel to Caraval by Stephanie Garber.


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.


I found it intriguing going back to Caraval where it is filled with magic and the game this time round is the most important. It is set only days after Caraval.

The protagonist in this novel is Tella, who is Scarlett’s sister who very much aware of what is in store if she plays the game. She is a strong protagonist, however in moments of weakness we can see her doubting herself and not truely believing that the game is real.

This novel is full of mysteries and deceit, that when you thought you knew all about Caraval, you are wrong and there is much to learn about the game.

Tella is caught between powerful players, one being Legend and one being a Fate, and if she doesn’t hold up the bargain she made she stand to loose everything, including her life.

I enjoyed seeing the development and the struggles in Scarlett and Julian’s relationship as no relationship is perfect as well as seeing Tella changing her feelings towards Dante.

The game this time round focuses on find the truth about Legend and I wasn’t expecting his true identity. I’m looking forward to how the trilogy ends in Finale and how these two couples will come together or fall apart.

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