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Is It Really Still "Just A Game"?

November 23, 2018

“If you can convince yourself it's true, you can convince anyone.” 



Before we get started, whatever notions you had about what you thought you knew about Caraval – Throw them out the door.


That’s what I had to do.


And boy, Caraval’s successor certainly did a number of me. The unexpected turn of events at the end? DAMN. I’m still shook!


Stephanie Garber’s “Legendary” is told from Tella’s point of view – and even though I think she’s a bit annoying (Ehh… Or she just has a strong personality, I suppose?). Tella does well in her efforts to fulfil her debt she owes to someone.


In a battle between power players (Que another plot twist here), Tella finds herself falling in love with someone who may, or may not, be who we think they are.


Outside the narrow circle of Caraval, other forces are at play—forces that emanate from a surrounding empire built on ancient mythologies, rumored gods and goddesses, and superstitions that have granted Caraval and Legend their power, making the feeling of charge, of possibility, immediately more pronounced.


Someone wants Legend unmasked, if Tella doesn’t find this little tidbit – she stands the change of losing everything she holds dear. Even her own life.


The second instalment in the series, while focusing on Tella, doesn’t let us forget about the characters that we know and have come to love from Caraval – Scarlett, Julian and the rest of the Caraval crew. Did you think they were forgotten?


If you’re Team Scarlett – Fear not, she’s still there. Along with an entire cast of new characters.


And a new world.


In a book where nothing is as it appears, Garber created a captivatingly beautiful tale with several twists and turns. Legendary is filled to the brim with secrets, and you’ll go mad trying to uncover them.


In a world drenched in energy, backstabbing, romance and mystery – the edges are quickly blurred as we’re flung back into the world of Caraval, along with Tella.


Who I may, or may not, like a little more after this instalment.


Overall, I struggled to keep abreast of the riddle after riddle, and through a lot of questions and bewilderment, I felt Tella’s frustration as much as what it could have been my own.


The last chapter left me with so many open-ended questions, and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.


Luckily, we’ve got another instalment coming up in May 2019 – Can we not use some of Legend’s power to get it here sooner? Anyone keen to help me out here? I’ll keep your secret. I promise!


“Not everyone gets a true ending. There are two types of endings because most people give up at the part of the story where things are the worst, where the situation feels hopeless. But that’s when hope is needed most. only those who persevere can find their true ending.”


My head hurts just thinking about Caraval, and Legend, and Tella, and Scarlett and that damned Prince of Hearts – Wait… did he kiss me and I just don’t know about it?


Ohh.. never mind. My heart is still beating fine.


I think.


“Legendary” deserves a decent five out of five – if only because, like I said, I NEED TO  KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.



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.



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