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.
After finishing the amazing Caraval, I couldn’t wait to finally get round to reading Legendary because Caraval swept me away in its magical world and I never wanted to leave. So saying I had high expectations for Legendary would be an understatement because it was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. Luckily for me Legendary lived up and even surpassed my expectations and lived up to all the high praise and hype.
Legendary differs from Caraval because where the first book is centred around Scarlett and Julian, this book is about Tella and Dante. I was a little worried when I heard this because I really enjoyed reading about Scarlett in Caraval. But I needn’t had worried because from the very start Tella’s story was just and intriguing and interesting as Scarlett’s. I really enjoyed reading about the other sister and by the end Tella has become my favourite sister, I liked her development, her feistiness.
Even though I had some ideas to where I wanted the plot to go and how the story and characters were going to progress, I couldn’t predict anything that happened in Legendary because it was so unexpected and had so many twists and turns that even when you think you have an idea of where the plot is going it suddenly does a 180 degree turn and you are left absolutely dumbfound. I think this is one of the reasons why I enjoy this series so much because the story is so intriguing and unpredictable that’s it’s hard not to be instantly gripped.
As with Caraval the writing in Legendary is one of the reasons why I adore this series so much. The wiring gives the story another dimension and makes the story feel even more magical and whimsical. The way the author manages to write such a complex plot but makes it flow and read so easily that its hard not to become addicted to this book. I found myself reading for hours and hours because I got lost in the writing and story that I never wanted to put the book down. I managed to read this book in just a couple of sittings and I enjoyed every minute of it.
If you have read Caraval and fell in love with it just as much as I did then you will most definitely fall in love all over again with Legendary. If you have yet to read Caraval then I would suggest correcting that mistake quickly and start this amazing series because you will not be disappointed. Legendary is the perfect sequel to Caraval and even though I had the highest of expectations, Legendary is one of them rare books that surpasses all expectations and deserves all the hype. Reading Legendary has all but cemented this series to one of my all time favourite reads ever!
I rate this book 5/5 stars