Published: May 31st 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton
Synopsis: 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.
The cover is gorgeous, and represents the very finale of the book, grand fireworks on display..
This book! Oh, my! Complete 5 starred rating in one go! Without going much into paraphrasing what has been told on synopsis, this was amazing read, I absolutely loved the suspense, mystery about who the Legend will be, which new character will appear and how will it be handled as it start to become more and more complex. I have read the great reviews and still was skeptical to the series, as very often second book messes the first one, this is not the case. The plot developed, characters grow throughout the book, it handles the multiple climaxes excellent way, and is wrapped in wonderful, smooth language. The little pinch of romance included adds the charm.
I loved the focus on this book was for Donaltella and Dante, and i am happy the book was not only about Scarlett and Julian, although I did enjoyed their story in previous book Caraval. The Legendary is written from Tella’s point of view, we, readers get to know below surface, her sister Scarlet has never known about, and we had no idea what was going on book #1, which creates the urge to re-read the book again to understand with this extra knowledge now, why Tella’s actions were as they were in Caraval’s first play this year.
Tella is acting first and thinking later, often it has led her to troubles and now that’s exactly what happens again and again. She is someone who is not afraid to take a risk and jumps for it, hoping it will work out and she will find a way to tackle the problems, the aims and her dreams she have had forever and which ones have kept her going. Don’t we can refer to this? Sometimes we just jump for a thought it may work and whatever happens we could deal with any consequences…
Tella doesn’t believe in love, but still she dreams of having this one for her she has been fantasising about. She has kissed many boys and knows she can’t trust them or they are willing to promise million things for kisses and love makes people stupid. Still she wonders how it is to kiss when you could die for that one kiss…is that even possible? Can a kiss cause such emotions? Donatella believes being in love makes person stupid and sooner or later it will die. She fights her own demons and game she has been playing in order to pay debts of requests she has made, which has led her here where she is now… some are deadly and some are adventurous. I loved her wicked tongue and that we can read how she is weighting her thoughts for which decision to take. We learn more about her mother and how her disappearance seems too mysterious and it also opens more questions for the next finale book!
In Legendary we have a new character Jack, he is well-known for his skills by killing each of his finances, everyone is scared by him and he also has a wicked humor as much as Tella and Dante has. It’s fun to read and yes, as you may have read Caraval or have heard, the both books are united by one common thing – nothing is as it seems – its way crazier and there’s always possibility of betrayal when you can’t rely on anything, unless you hold a strong believe and hope.
The Caraval series have become one of my new favorites. Which means I will be trying to get those for my bookshelf. Thank you for reading!