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…(Goodreads)
So I’m just going to say it! I loved this book! For me, this was definitely a case of the second book surpassing the first. The first book was very mysterious and I for one wasn’t exactly sure what was going on at any given time, is it a game? Did a girl really die?
I felt like in Legendary I had fewer questions, I knew how Caraval worked, and Tella’s motivations were not such a secret. I think also knowing which of the characters were actors in Caraval helped a great deal. That is not to say that this book didn’t have mystery, because it certainly did, but I had more knowledge, and somehow the motivations of all of the characters seemed much clearer.
I loved Tella and I really loved Dante! I was intrigued by Dante in the first books and I was so happy to get more of him in this book! Dante is more dark and broody than Julian was and Tella was a lot more adventurous than Scarlett, which for me made the story more fun! Finally, there was Jacks, without giving too much away, he may have actually been my favorite character. He was great and stole every scene he was in!
Overall Rating: 5