Review: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Legendary (Caraval, #2)Title: Legendary
Author: Stephanie Garber
Type: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Date published: May 29th 2018
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 451

Rating: 5/5

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.


OMERGODDDDDDD. Can we just take a moment to admire the book cover? Like, it’s beautiful, period.

I was actually so hyped to read the second book of Caraval. I’ve heard so many good reviews about Legendary, and I’ll say it now: I was not disappointed. I loved every moment of it! You thought Caraval was great? Wait until you read its sequel xD Wait until Finale comes out.

The story is told through the eyes of Donatella. Unlike her older sister Scarlett, who’s more careful and prudent, Donatella is wild and brash. At first, I thought I wouldn’t like her much, but I was delightfully disappointed. Aside from some moments that made me want to pull my hair out, I loved everything about Tella.


The setting alone would make me swoon over the book. This time, Stephanie really mapped out the entirety of Caraval’s world, with its magical history and even more magical beings.

It has literally no resemblance to our world, and I LOVE it.


I’m so so so happy that all the characters came back. Scarlett, Julien, Dante (yes, even him) just made me so happy. I also enjoyed the newest additions 😉

But again, focusing on Tella. Like I’ve said before, brash and wild and free. But as the story began to reveals why Tella is the way she is and makes you start to like her more and more. Despite her recklessness, she loves her family and would sacrifice anything for them. Tella is such a strong character, and I think it’s her big heart that really draws you in … and her ability to cause drama and sexual tension.

While Caraval focuses on Julien and Scarlett, Legendary puts other characters on the spotlight. Although I missed seeing more of the couple, I really enjoyed learning more about the new characters.


Compared to Caraval, Legendary was much more interesting in that there were more subplots and sub-subplots. Where usually too many storylines would confuse the heck out of me, I loved every one of them. They made the world of Caraval seem all the more real and intricate.

Tella really just made everything so interesting. Most of the time, she sees something she shouldn’t do. And she goes ahead and does it anyway. And oddly enough, I’m cheering for her. It should have been irritating, but I actually loved that about her.

AND the plot twists. I usually hate too many plots twists, but Caraval is one of the series I would make exceptions to. Even if they were obvious ones. Even if they were plot twists on plot twists. Honestly, half the time I spent reading the book was me trying to anticipate all the potential plot twist. Again, with the question: is he Legend? No he’s not, yes he is. Lol

And the romance? 11/10. I mean considering that its Tella, that would be understandable. Did I mention a love triangle? ok, I’m not sure if it was, but I would say there were two love interests … Either way, I just found everything to be spicy.

Everything was just AHHHH.

Favourite quotes

  • “Every good story needs a villain. But the best villains are the ones you secretly like.”
  • “There were shipwrecks more graceful than Tella.”
  • “…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.”
  • “This was why love was so dangerous. Love turned the world into a garden, so beguiling it was easy to forget that rose petals were as ephemeral as feelings, eventually they would wilt and die, leaving nothing but the thorns.”

Final Thoughts

I am hopelessly in love with Caraval and its characters. The book is really a highlight of my reads this year. What’s amazing about Stephanie Garber’s writing is that she’s able to have everything enhancing the story without overwhelming the readers.

Again, it captures the essence of Caraval. Even as a reader, you feel like your there with Tella, trying to figure things out. It’s a game, or is it?



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