Title: Finale (Caraval #3)
Author: Stephanie Garber
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Date published: May 7th 2019
Page Count: 478
A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.
It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.
With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.
Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time—only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.
Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end…
Warning: **Spoilers ahead**
I still loved the magic and fantastical element that Stephanie Garber never ceases to add in the world of Caraval. With the Victorian style dresses and colourful markets and festivals, it’s hard not to feel immersed in its world with its characters.
While I loved the first two books, I didn’t feel as strongly for Finale. I appreciated how she added a level of complexity to the world by introducing the Fates, but as a result, the story felt a bit messy and all over the place at the beginning before locking into a more cliche plot line. The creative aspects as well as the twists and turns that were once present in Caraval was lost in Finale.
Meanwhile, I’m glad that Scarlett came back to take a stronger role in Finale after slightly disappearing in Legendary. I loved “Crimson and Julian” in the first book and am glad they came back in Finale. The chemistry among the characters were also amazing. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the love triangle between Tella, Legend, and Jacks.
The only issue I had with the story was the character development. There felt a lack of solidity in the characters. Stephanie Garber tries to create Julian to be flawed and imperfect, but I failed to see him as anything but caring for Scarlett. Tella lost that devilish and brash side of her. Jacks, of course, remained a mystery. I was also really confused about Legend’s feelings for Tella. His actions were contradictory and hella confusing and probably why I was so conflicted about the love triangle.
The lack of character development is probably why I couldn’t find myself fully engaged in the story as I used to be with the previous two books. But nevertheless, Caraval remains one of my favourite world with its visual descriptions and creative features. Finale was still a good read and the ending was all in all satisfying.