Legendary – Stephanie Garber

Hello bookish friends,

I finished legendary recently and holy crap it was a good read.

Synopsis (Goodreads) 

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.

Review:

To start off with, I listened to this book as an audiobook on audible. This may have influenced my reading experience with the book but I thought it was only fitting as I read/listened to the first book in the same way.

At first, the audio narration really put me off as it was too American and I couldn’t stand the voice that was being heard. However, I soon got used to it and actually really enjoyed the narrator’s voice. So much so that I downloaded Cinder to read and that has the same narrator (Rebecca Soler). I cannot read on busses for very long and this week I have had to get on a lot of busses for work. It is an hour and a half journey there and the same on the way back. This gives me lots of time to listen to an audiobook. I was glad when I finally had time to listen to Legendary because the first book was so well thought out. I loved the concept of the first one and the detail in descriptions was amazing.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first, although I did enjoy the book being told from Donatella’s perspective. It makes me wonder who’s perspective the final book will be from. This book was a great continuation of the story and the development of the characters was great. There was still the magical and mystical darkness to the Caraval players but to me, this was less about Caraval as a game this time, it focused more on the relationships that Donatella has throughout this book. I still gave this book five stars on Goodreads and I still fell in love with the book, not wanting to stop listening. I needed to find out what happened. However, I knew from the end of the first book who legend was. It was not a surprise to find that out in this book, although I really enjoyed the ending of this book. It was magical and full of twists which were great.

I am slightly worried that I should have read the Night Circus before reading these two books as everyone suggested that that book is better. Although I know I will still read it and enjoy it from everyone’s recommendations.

As always, happy reading,

Korie xx

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