Book Review | Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Title – Legendary.

Author – Stephanie Garber.

Publication date – 29th May 2018.

Publisher – Flatiron Books.

Series status – Second book in the Caraval series.


‘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.’

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My thought on the book

5 star book review

I didn’t think that any sequel could beat Caraval but honestly this book was so much better than the first. Especially because I have this terrible habit of hating the second book in a series.

It sent me on a topsy, turvy rollercoaster ride that I never wanted to get off. It was surprisingly more magical than the first book. I loved the switch up of the game – it was an interesting change to the format but still had the familiar structure seen in Caraval.

I preferred Tella as the narrator and I didn’t realise how annoying Scarlett could be. Every character I came across – I had no idea who I could trust or whether to believe anything that came out of the characters mouths.

The world building was yet again phenomenal. I could literally feel myself walking down the streets with the characters. I was so absorbed I lost track of time.

If I thought Caraval broke my heart – it was nothing compared to Legendary. This series is that good I want to shout it from the rooftops. If you haven’t already read this series what are you waiting for?

About the author

‘When I’m not writing, I teach creative writing at a private college in Northern California, where I’ve been known to turn assignments into games and take students on field trips that involve book signings.

To help pay my bills during college, grad school, and the breaks in between, I worked as a barista, a waitress, a bartender, a customer service representative for an energy consulting company, and as a sales girl at Bath and Bodyworks. I also spent years working with youth; I worked as a counselor at space themed summer camp, volunteered at a school for deaf children in Mexico, and I took multiple groups of college students overseas to spend their winter vacations serving at youth hostels in Amsterdam. But out of everything that I’ve done, writing young adult novels has been my favorite job.

My debut YA fantasy novel, Caraval is out now (Flatiron Books/Macmillan—US and Hodder & Stoughton—UK). Caraval has sold in thirty foreign territories and the movie rights were picked by Twentieth Century Fox.’

Find Stephanie: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads.

Have you read the Caraval series yet? If so, what did you think about it?

7 thoughts on “Book Review | Legendary by Stephanie Garber

  1. Alyssa Grace

    Glad to see you loved Legendary! I too enjoyed it more than Caraval. We seem to be in the minority as I’ve seen quite a few reviews that think Caraval was better. But I prefer Tella and Dante to Scarlett and Julian any day–Tella is, in my opinion, incredibly brave and clever, and obviously you can never have enough Dante 😉

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