Legendary by Stephanie Garber
"Every good story needs a villain. But the best villains are the ones you secretly like.”
I waited and waited to get my hands on Legendary. Caraval was a good book filled with great and amazing things, but all in all the book didn't surprise me as I found a lot of things wrong. This one however really captivated me. I am usually not fond of second books, they usually are fillers and never have too much excitement. Legendary actually increased my love towards this book and it was probably all because of Tella.
Legendary begins just as Caraval ends, the sisters Scarlett and Tella have suffered greatly in the last game yet the lies and deceit are not over as they have to play another game of Caraval. However this one might be more real and scary than the last. The POV of view in this second installment is changed from Scarlett to Tella and in my opinion is what makes all the difference. One thing I hated about Caraval was Scarlett. She was way too naive and pure for my liking, Tella is the complete opposite. A little more scary and a little more daring, Tella's story captivated me so much more.
Not only did Tella fascinate me but so did Dante. I liked Julian in Caraval, but Dante has a more villain feel to him which I enjoyed. Specially during those moments where you could actually see and feel the hero inside of him. The story is well developed and the plot runs smoothly. The writing is not very magical which works in this case because of the plot and the characters already being so whimsical.
“Gold shimmered no matter what, but few people could make darkness glitter the way he did.”
The conflict of the story was one that I enjoyed because of many reasons :
1) The game: I love the idea behind the Caraval series, a mastermind behind a magical game that sometimes can get too real. What I didn't enjoy about the first one was how everything vanished at the end leaving me with the notion that the magic wasn't real. In this installment the magic is 100% real and the game as well as some of the adventures Tella has to go through are all real.
2) The Fates: I frikin loved the story of the Fates. I loved how Garber incorporated them so flawlessly into the story. I wanted to know all of their stories and what they represented, and thats how you know a writer is good. She was able to go beyond the superficial side of the story and dig deeper, make you connect with the most random characters. At the end you don't end up with a straight plot, but an intricate web of intriguing twists and fascinating characters.
“For it was also said the Prince Of Hearts was not capable of love because his heart had stopped beating long ago. Only one person could make it beat again: his one true love. They said his kiss had been fatal to all but her - his only weakness - and as he’d sought her, he’d let a trail of corpses.”
Loved this book, loved that it impressed me and it improved my ratings for this series.
“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.”
--- 4.5 stars ---