Five Stars, Low Language, Moderate Romance, Moderate Violence, Stephanie Garber

Fate Is Only An Idea

The best plots give you just enough truth to fuel the adventure and keep just enough secrets to spark your imagination. Legendary by Stephanie Garber does both extremely well.

“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. 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.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.”

Stephanie has a fantastical way with words. The imagery is not only descriptive, but emotive as well. You can feel the darkness, the madness and the euphoria that comes with playing Caraval.

The story is more than darkness and madness though. It’s mostly about hope, and love. We’re not talking about chemistry or lust, though there’s a little of that too. We’re talking selfless love driven mostly by the Dragna sisters, and it’s expertly done.

Stephanie has created two sisters who couldn’t be more different in temperament, and purpose, yet more devoted. And you can feel it in Stephanie’s writing. The determined logcial voice of Scarlet and the flighty passionate voice of Tella come across as you are opened up to these characters and the world of Caraval; all it can give and all it can take.

Speaking of sisters, would you like to meet all three of us? As an added bonus, if you’ve read the book already, you can see our thoughts and theories below. Warning, there are spoilers, so if you haven’t read the book, do that first, then come back and see if you agree with us.

Confessions: We aren’t technological geniuses. Is the video the best quality?, not even close. Do we talk with our hands? Yes, too much. Just know we at least had fun doing our favorite thing, talking about books while being together!


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