Legendary

Legendary

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...

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Title:Legendary
Author:Stephanie Garber
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Legendary Reviews

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    Oh. Ohhhh.

    I devoured this wonderful, torturous book. And now I don't know what to do with myself aside from sit here and try and form some semblance of a review.

    I'm going to keep this review spoiler free, especially as we're a little ways away from the release, but I'll just say this took a verrrry unexpected turn and I couldn't be more thrilled. But a word to the wise (and for those who know me) - I like when books throw pu

    Oh. Ohhhh.

    I devoured this wonderful, torturous book. And now I don't know what to do with myself aside from sit here and try and form some semblance of a review.

    I'm going to keep this review spoiler free, especially as we're a little ways away from the release, but I'll just say this took a verrrry unexpected turn and I couldn't be more thrilled. But a word to the wise (and for those who know me) - I like when books throw punches in your gut and make you doubt everything you thought you knew.

    Legendary is told from Tella's perspective, and much to my delight, it picked up the morning after the first book. We're thrown into Tella's world and the consequences she faces after Caraval. And oh, there are plenty. I won't say much, but she owes a debt to a certain someone, and she's quickly swept up in a battle between power players.

    Let's just say... Legend has enemies. Someone wants his true identity unmasked, and if Tella doesn't discover him and hand him over, she'll face losing everything, including her own life.

    I knew I would like Tella, especially after what she did in the first book, but I didn't expect to fall so head-over-heels for this girl. She's way more complex and brave than she lets on. This is a girl you can root for. There's much more to her history and past that you don't get from Scarlett's POV, and oh my heart broke for her over and over.

    But perhaps the second best part was the returning characters. Though we're in Tella's POV, not even Scarlett's story is finished. She and Julian are still around, and so are rest of the Caraval crew. And of course, we're introduced to a new ensemble of characters.

    And an entirely new world.

    In fact, I daresay this one is even more magical than the last. New settings, new myths come to life. I will say it still felt a bit abstract, which certainly isn't a bad thing, especially if you like to get lost in your own imagination. The world is limitless here, and there be monsters.

    Very dashing monsters, at that. Did I mention this book was hooooot?

    For anyone that followed my status updates (and there were plenty - I couldn't help myself...) I was going straight up bananas. Like, let me tell you right now, you are in for a ride. Much like my experience of the first book, I was literally freaaaking out coming up with new theories around every corner. In this, oh my goodness... I can't even talk about it.

    IS IT REALLY A GAME? OR IS IT REAL THIS TIME? AHHHHH.

    In fact, I was worried about the ending. There was sooo much intrigue and so many open plots and there was no way it could live up.

    But, oh... the end was beautiful. Because I had a billion and a half theories, I won't answer whether or not I was surprised. I will say this: Legend's reveal was perfection, and now I need to reread the whole series just to fully comprehend everything that took place.

    But even still, I found myself even wanting more. Then I asked myself

    . Why did I want more?

    The answer was simple.

    I just couldn’t bear to leave the world or the characters. I didn't want it to be over.

    My advice to you is this: Go into this with no expectations and simply get lost with Tella. Just enjoy the ride, the characters, the thrill of adventure. There's a lot to wrap up in this book, and while I wanted to stay forever and learn everything about everyone, I am so in love with the end.

    Stephanie crafted it perfectly.

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  • Cait • A Page with a View

    Ok someone has to do this gif:

    Anywayssss I just read this book in one sitting with a stupid grin on my face because the way everything unfolds is absolutely BRILLIANT. I won't spoil anything here, though!! Just a few random thoughts...

    The main character in this sequel is Scarlett's sister Tella, whom I absolutely love. She has so much agency that it's just amazing to watch the story take shape:

    Ok someone has to do this gif:

    Anywayssss I just read this book in one sitting with a stupid grin on my face because the way everything unfolds is absolutely BRILLIANT. I won't spoil anything here, though!! Just a few random thoughts...

    The main character in this sequel is Scarlett's sister Tella, whom I absolutely love. She has so much agency that it's just amazing to watch the story take shape:

    Tella needs to win Caraval to see her mother again, but will also come face-to-face with Legend if she wins. I thought we might possibly maaaaaybe have an advantage going into this story since we're familiar with Caraval from the previous book. But, nope... we're told that the game is real this time, so even the general concept of Caraval is unreliable.

    Once again, the story becomes an incredibly twisted web of identities, loyalties, and motivations (even from characters you think you know). For most of this book I was sitting there like "EVERYONE IS LEGEND. NOBODY IS LEGEND. Am I Legend?!"

    I would love to see how Stephanie plots out these stories because they're such a fun roller coaster of reveals and FEELS. Her strong writing is another aspect that really stands out... I honestly couldn't put this down and totally forgot I was reading a piece of paper. The execution is so good and the writing is so engaging that it's completely effortless to read. That alone is so, so wonderful to find, but then there's an awesome story on top of it aaaaand now I have a major book hangover.

    Umm other things I loved: the cocky guys, POC characters, romance, new setting, and that ending omgggg. I don't care what we've been told - I STILL TRUST NOTHING OK.

    Basically, this was everything I hoped for. If you liked Caraval then get excited for this one!!

  • Stephanie Garber

    Hey friends!

    Legendary is out today!! I'm so excited for readers to jump into this story! I hope you all enjoy it!

    May 23rd Update: Legendary is only six days away! I'm so excited, and for anyone else who might be excited too, I thought it would be fun to share my Legendary Pinterest Board:

    Another update: Lots of readers have been asking me if Legendary is the last book in the Caraval series or if there will be more, and I'm thrilled to share that there wi

    Hey friends!

    Legendary is out today!! I'm so excited for readers to jump into this story! I hope you all enjoy it!

    May 23rd Update: Legendary is only six days away! I'm so excited, and for anyone else who might be excited too, I thought it would be fun to share my Legendary Pinterest Board:

    Another update: Lots of readers have been asking me if Legendary is the last book in the Caraval series or if there will be more, and I'm thrilled to share that there will be another book: FINALE. I'm so excited to write this book, and if you're interested you can add it to your Goodreads shelf right now:

    Update March 19, 2018: More exciting news! I'm going on tour for Legendary and today Bustle announced tour dates and locations. Hope to see some of you there:

  • Anissa (FairyLoot)

    Oh. My. Gosh. This book is perfection! Stephanie, you have truly outdone yourself! The writing, the twists, the story, the characters - I loved it all and already want to reread this gem, I can't stop thinking about it!

  • C.G. Drews

    There is no hope for me btw, I am completely

    . I'm just so in love with this world, these characters, the twisty plots of magic and mind games and darkness and glitter...it is EVERYTHING. It just captures me so much! Coupled with gorgeous writing that makes you feel like you, too, get to experience Caraval?!

    10000% all my affections are YOURS, little book, I'm ready to be destroyed for the finale. Who needs calmness anyway

    There is no hope for me btw, I am completely

    . I'm just so in love with this world, these characters, the twisty plots of magic and mind games and darkness and glitter...it is EVERYTHING. It just captures me so much! Coupled with gorgeous writing that makes you feel like you, too, get to experience Caraval?!

    10000% all my affections are YOURS, little book, I'm ready to be destroyed for the finale. Who needs calmness anyway. [chokes on a laugh and dies]

    This time it's set in a different town, different rules, different stakes = but it's still so intoxicatingly mysterious and twisty. This is like one of my favourite Slytherin books. NO ONE is being straightforward. It's all double-crossing the double crossed and outwitting someone who's already playing tricks on you. Who's lying???? Who's who they say they are??? WE DON'T GET TO KNOW. I freaking love this.

    Thank you, lifesaver, because holy heck, Tella is AWESOME. (And I won't lie lmao, Scarlett was so whiny and such a damsel in book one that I nearly broke a plate and ate through a brick wall.) Tella is refreshingly

    . She kisses boys without a care and wears murderously gorgeous dresses and is unapologetic. Also she doesn't judge Scarlett for being an opposite and

    . TheSE SISTERS. THANK YOU.

    The whole book she's like: "I dO NOT LOVE" while, ya know, furiously loving so so many people.

    YOU'RE GOING TO GET HURT, TELLA, AND I'LL CRY WITH YOU.

    Family is like such a huge theme for these books! Scarlett would do anything for Tella and Tella would do anything for Scarlett. AND her mother! Like Tella just really wants to find her long-lost-mother. And also the fact that Scarlett/Tella are survivors of abuse and they like

    is really really awesome afjdkslad.

    Reminds me that I'd sell all my sisters for a grape but I DON'T CARE. I APPRECIATE THE FICTIONAL ONES.

    I love it. This is like the

    way to write devious and dark boys...it's not all alpha/abusive/relationships. (THANK YOOOOU.) It's mind games and sinister magic and otherworldly powers and manipulation. Livin' for the Slytherins here. LIVIN FOR IT.

    Their relationship is so love/hate and trust/distrust, but it played out so well. And infuriatingly. I will sCREAM a little, but it's ok.

    Also Jacks was a freaking nightmare but also so interesting. Also he ate a lot of apples and was so pale he was nearly blue and 100% an otherworldly demon. But why so many apples Jacks. I have eaten pears for like 3 months straight and now can't touch them again. Do not ruin apple pie for yourself, you dumb son, look at me looking out for the villains. I can't even.

    This time we have cursed cards and Fates who are trying to be let free. And also there's the eternal question of: WHO IS LEGEND. (I knooooow now afjdklafds I KNOW!!!) And every question and mystery and complicated messy subplot was tied up so

    .

    Both satisfying and torturous. I want morrrre and I'm slightly suffocating with the need to find out what happens next. I think (I heard?!) both Scarlett and Tella will narrate the next one and I'm !!! excited!!

    I was glued to this page. My eyeballs are in LOVE with the gorgeously lush writing. The gowns! The flowers! The jewels! The richness dripping off the page in perfect descriptions! GAH. Everything about this caught my heart.

  • Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)

    This game is a dream wrapped in nightmares, yet to some it is a nightmare wrapped in a dream, it is deceptive, it is beautiful, it is addictive and yet it is the one thing that can break your mind before it breaks your heart, or maybe even both at the very same moment without you ever realising it. It is hatred and love and happiness and sorrow. There are more players in

    This game is a dream wrapped in nightmares, yet to some it is a nightmare wrapped in a dream, it is deceptive, it is beautiful, it is addictive and yet it is the one thing that can break your mind before it breaks your heart, or maybe even both at the very same moment without you ever realising it. It is hatred and love and happiness and sorrow. There are more players in this game than we imagined, but this time they might just be real. Beings of monsters and magic filled with a desired for something beyond our knowledge.

    But just keep in mind, it’s only a game… or is it.

    In this sequel to the beguiling story of Caraval, Tella will risk her life to find her mother who abandoned her and her sister when they were kids. In order to find her mother, Tella reaches out to people who might just be more danger then they’re worth, but love makes people do crazy things and this time it might just result in her death. She’s putting her life on the line for a mother whose true identity might just change her perspective on everything she’s stepping into and in her attempts to find her long lost mother she might lose her sister who risked her very sanity to find her in the last game.

    I absolutely love the fact that Tella is always so honest with herself and knows what she wants and what she’ll do to get it. Anyone else would tell themselves lies to cover up their true feelings to justify what they are or are not feeling, but Tella will think to herself that she knows she shouldn’t want something but she happens to want it so she will hold herself back or will give into it. She will let let herself indulge in her desires whenever she can but will ignore all comforts if it means doing what she has to do. I like that she will finds bits of happiness and satisfaction whenever she can, however dire the circumstances, because time may be endless but life is not.

    I love the descriptions of everything throughout the book. The concept of Caraval in itself is so dreamlike and magical that the near poetic descriptions of people, places, and thoughts adds to the beauty and mystery that is Caraval. And I swear I can read the clues in this game a million times and not get bored of them, because those words are put together like a tailor weaves cloth, each thread put together in the most perfect way possible to make every thread seem impeccably melded into the one before it in the most seamless way possible. The writing of this book is amazing and I will always look forward to Stephanie Garber’s books. The characters in this book are mind blowing in their own complexity and the nature of Caraval will make you question whether you really know the person or just the role they’re playing.

    I would have liked a more definitive ending but the open end of the book maintains the mysterious charm of Caraval and left me entranced because the endless possibilities of where this story could go is mesmerising. And to no one’s surprise this book, just like the last one, leaves me even further obsessed with this series. I figured out nearly every plot twist in this book, but now I think the frustration of having figured out a lot more than the protagonist adds to the infinite mystery of this concept of Caraval. I can’t wait for the finale of the series of this enchanting world filled with stories begging to be told. 5 stars again!

  • Melanie

    1.)

    ★★★★

    I know that

    was a super polarizing read last year when it released, but I fell on the side of totally loving. From the game, to the mystery, to the lyrical writing, to the compelling characters, I couldn’t get enough. I devoured it in two sittings and never wanted to stop the reading experience. And

    1.)

    ★★★★

    I know that

    was a super polarizing read last year when it released, but I fell on the side of totally loving. From the game, to the mystery, to the lyrical writing, to the compelling characters, I couldn’t get enough. I devoured it in two sittings and never wanted to stop the reading experience. And guess what?

    was no different.

    In

    we follow Scarlett and watch her run away from her home, and her abusive father, so that she can try to rescue her sister, Donatella, by winning the magical game of Caraval. Well, immediately after the outcome from

    ,

    picks right up. Except this time, we follow Donatella, and she has stumbled on her own very own mystery and her very own game. And forget everything you think you learned in

    , because this trilogy takes a completely new approach, with completely new twists and turns, in

    .

    The invitations are distributed and a brand-new game of Caraval is going to begin, in a brand-new empire that is ruled by a very powerful empress. And this time Tella has decided to play so that she too has a chance to locate someone who has disappeared from her and Scarlett’s lives, their mother. Paloma was truly a woman of mystery, but we are able to see a few flashbacks that Tella has of her mother, along with a few of the keepsakes that Tella has kept all these years.

    We also get to see that a magical card prophesied that Tella would be a victim of unrequited love for her entire life. So, a ring that appears to be more than just a ring, and a card (think Tarot cards) that Tella took against her mother’s will, is all she has as clues. That is, until she meets someone who knows much more about that particular card, and the entire Deck of Destiny. And Tella ends up trying to win Caraval for this new stranger, for her mother, for her heart, for her life, and for Legend himself. Because the only way Tella will ever see her mother again is to win this game.

    This book also had a bit more romance than

    , but I was completely living for it. And I’m still living for it, honestly. And like, we are maybe about to get a love triangle and I’m still totally here for it. And some of these scenes were legit 11/10, and I completely recommend. Also, I’m still swooning over Dante. But I also can’t stop thinking about Jacks and love that good angst. Be still, my heart.

    Okay, now I don’t want to gush too hard on you all, but you want to know what this book reminded me of?

    and

    by Holly Black. And chapter thirteen was such a work of art. Probably the best chapter I’ve read in any book in all of 2018.

    So, why did I end up giving this four stars and not five with glowing sentences like the paragraph above this one? With so many twists and turns throughout this book, all of which blindsided me and made me fall more and more in love, the ending ended up being so predictable. Like, to the point that I thought it couldn’t be real, and that the epilogue was going to pull the wool from my eyes. But no, the disappointment just stayed. Which is so sad, because this book was so good, and such a treat to read in every single way, but the ending just made this amazing book really end on a bad note.

    Also, there wasn’t as much of a positive sibling emphasis in this book. Like, Tella was 100% committed to Scarlett, and we know from

    that Scarlett was 100% committed to Tella, but

    didn’t do anything to help enforce that percentage. Scarlett was honestly kind of a hot mess in this book, from start to (especially) end. I pray that

    is either entirely in Tella’s point of view or it switches between Scarlett and Tella’s point of view. I don’t think I can deal with another solo Scarlett book after her actions in

    .

    But overall, I really did love reading this. Again, I know not everyone does, but I just love Stephanie Garber’s writing and purple prose so much. I completely connect with it, and it completely immerses. I always feel like I’m there for all six nights of Caraval, in the castles, carriages, balls, and cathedrals. Also, these books and their settings are such aesthetic goals, I swear! Plus, this entire series is such a love letter to morally grey characters! I can’t wait to see how this all wraps up in the last book,

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  • Em

    You know what, *pulls heart shaped lollipop out of my mouth with a pop noise and points it at you* I may be more into this series than originally planned....

    Becoming re-obsessed with a story is probably the best feeling in the world. It feels like coming home, like "

    ". I stayed up until the early hours of the morning reading this book with my eyes itching and burning with tiredness and my vision blurring as I was fighting to stay awake to finish it and when

    You know what, *pulls heart shaped lollipop out of my mouth with a pop noise and points it at you* I may be more into this series than originally planned....

    Becoming re-obsessed with a story is probably the best feeling in the world. It feels like coming home, like "

    ". I stayed up until the early hours of the morning reading this book with my eyes itching and burning with tiredness and my vision blurring as I was fighting to stay awake to finish it and when I did, it felt like all of a sudden my lifeless corpse was dropped down by strings like a puppet. It was

    kind of an experience.

    Legend is hosting his second magical games in a single year in Valenda – the capital of the empire, and while Scarlett doesn’t want to play again, Tella, most interested, as always, in the thing that remains unknowable to everyone: Legend’s identity, and enthralled by the carefully cultivated sense of danger to him, gets enmeshed once again in the deadly game. But this time, the stakes have never been higher: the lives of everyone tied to Caraval are a web, and Tella, had somehow managed to do something to get herself stuck in the very edge of it.

    With the memory of the cursed Deck of Destiny she used as a child which prophesied her loveless future and the charged possibility of uncovering her mother’s whereabouts if she wins Caraval, Tella finds herself caught in an endless maze of reality and fantasy where everyone involved is suspended somewhere between the two.

    In a book where nothing is at it appears, one thing is certain:

    The author created a captivating, delightful tale with several aces up its sleeve. But the real star here is Caraval and its secrets: an immersive and imaginative world brimming with energy, mystery, backstabbing, romance and even more unforeseen twists. A world where everything seems not exactly undone but

    , released from the ruts of logic, where the rules become flexible, blurring the edges in a way that highlights that place where stories and real life convene, where magic contains truth and the world as it appears is false, where the future seems to hold too many possibilities to bear and just about anything can happen.

    And 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 given Caraval and Legend their power, making the feeling of charge, of possibility, immediately more pronounced.

    I loved how the story was wrapped in a riddle and tucked into an enigma, and through that writhing confusion and bewilderment, my mind was racing, fighting to puzzle out what was happening. I was struggling to wrap logic around everything that was occurring, formulating hypotheses and dismantling them. I felt Tella's frustration whenever she manages to find the thread of a clue, to take hold of it and untangle its meaning, only to realize that someone, some

    is always a step ahead. I was also pleasantly surprisd by how the author pushed her world-building even further, expanding it to the complex machinations of the Prince of Hearts, Legend, and even the empress of Valenda.

    On a slightly unrelated note, I know this isn't even remotely related to the

    events of this series, but what if - just hear me out, what if Legend is actually some sort of ageless nymph who just kind of came into existence sometime in the early 1800s and has been trying to share the magic and the otherworldly and transcendental beauty of Caraval with humanity ever since but everyone keeps interfering, spreading rumors filled with cryptic warnings about Caraval being a hazardous game orchestrated by a devilish someone with terrible powers who's intent on destroying them all... propelling Legend to succumb to the innacurate myth that was built for him and proving that human race is a failure.

    Anyway, the unfinished feeling of the story is definitely going to eat me from the inside out until the next book. This book has set up a future volume which promises to go bigger and I can't wait!

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  • Lola

    I don’t know where it went. I wish I could go on an adventure to find it, but alas I have finals next week.

    was one of my top five favourite releases of 2017. I remember when I received my copy of it, I took tons of pictures and kept staring at it like I was drunk with love.

    That one was fast-paced and action-packed and so very surprising as well as enchanting. Legendary is

    of those things.

    It’s slow-paced, character-driven, mostly predictable and basically magic-les

    I don’t know where it went. I wish I could go on an adventure to find it, but alas I have finals next week.

    was one of my top five favourite releases of 2017. I remember when I received my copy of it, I took tons of pictures and kept staring at it like I was drunk with love.

    That one was fast-paced and action-packed and so very surprising as well as enchanting. Legendary is

    of those things.

    It’s slow-paced, character-driven, mostly predictable and basically magic-less. All of those things would have been somewhat acceptable if the characters had been keepers.

    They’re not. Tella is an authentic woman, which I quite like about her. She is unapologetic about her arguably bad choices in men and she walks with her head held high.

    But she’s not smart. She may admit to being that, and show pride in it, but the number of mistakes she makes is ridiculous. One time, she actually wastes a question asking a question. Come on! She doesn’t know how to play the game at all.

    And here I feel compelled to ask my invisible friend: ‘‘What game? Where is the game?’’. Most of it consists of Tella walking around lavish places and talking to random people.

    How exciting. *yawns*

    Also, was the writing always so annoying and purple-infused? All I know is that I

    the first book and this one I couldn’t wait to close. I kid you not, this story is made of 90% of descriptions and 10% of action. It’s sad, really.

    Oh and am I the only one who finds all of the male characters/love interests to have ridiculously similar personalities? Ms. Garber sure is into alpha males and Mr. Darcy variants.

    I was ready to love this book. This is heartbreaking, especially since I have a feeling there will be more books.

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