Book Review : Legendary (Caraval, #2) by Stephanie Garber

Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Page : 451 pages
Published : 29th May 2018

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.

“Every good story needs a villain. But the best villains are the ones you secretly like.” 

“Every story has four parts – the beginning, the middle, the almost ending, and the true ending.”

Aaaaand the second book of Caraval is here. Yay. If the first book shows Scarlett Dragna as the main protagonist of the story, now it’s time for Donatella Dragna to shine the stage. Yep. Tella is the main protagonist in Legendary.

Legendary picks up where it left off in Caraval. While Scarlett is finally enjoying her beautiful ending with Julian, Tella has another mission to accomplish. She needs to find the true identity of Legend to save her life and later, her mother’s. Tella also need to win to prevent The Fates – who was trapped inside deck of cards, to come out for the world might be in danger.

Legendary made more sense to me and I love Legendary plot more than Caraval. Although my favourite character is still Scarlett though. This second book is getting more intense and complicated than ever. Seriously, how did Tella even bother herself with Legend and the powerful said-criminals? I can’t even imagine the ending.

Well, the adventures are fun but there are more magic in Caraval than Legendary. Legendary is darker, more complicated, much more drama and full of love triangle. You heard me. Love triangle.

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Dante shows up a lot in the story and he tends to help Tella on impulse. They are not always together like Scarlett and Julian in Caraval but they have their moments. Tella knows herself that she love Dante and vice versa but then there’s this another man which played quite a big role here (I will not spoil it for you.) end up liking Tella too. Scarlett and Julian also appear as cameo and guess what? Scarlett and Julian also end up being in a love triangle with Scarlett’s nobleman partner in the past. Seriously, the romance are so thick in this book. I am not a huge romance geek, therefore I prefer Caraval for the love issues. Thank you.

In Legendary, all of the characters seem to be bolder and braver than before. Tella, who acts like she got nothing to lose and never give up until the end, Dante who acts nonchalant yet powerful in his own way and the cold mystery man with influence. What I can say is this adventure is definitely better than the first book but I just feel like it lost the originality of magic. It does not feel as magical as Caraval. Lastly, too many descriptions. I kept on reading for the best part but the description are making it long and boring.

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Still, Legendary has successfully made his debut as Caraval sequel and I can’t wait to read how things turns out in the last book.

“For centuries the Fates were locked away, but now they wish to come out and play.If they regain their magic the world will never be the same, but you can help stop them by winning the game” 

Author : Celine

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