Legendary by Stephanie Garber – Book Review

“Every good story needs a villain.
But the best villains are the ones you secretly like.” – Legendary


Synopsis

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

It’s been so long since I fully read a book that once I finished Legendary, I understood why I might have avoided really immersing myself in a novel I’d truly fall into.

I began reading it last Monday because I got home from work early. After spending about an hour reading Legendary I felt that click with a story that I haven’t felt since earlier this year.

As readers, we’re all familiar with that feeling: when a story just sticks with you and you can’t stop thinking about the next time you’ll read it.

I was in meetings every day last week after that first evening reading. It wasn’t until Thursday night that I chose to stay up until 11 p.m. to read Legendary. I woke up at 5 a.m., went to work, and when I had time to think beyond my job, I was thinking about Legendary.

When Caraval came out I was excited to read a story that hadn’t been written before. It was entirely different from every story that I’d been reading at the time. I read it and fell in love. In the end though, I felt a little let down because it was missing something that I needed.

Legendary has done the opposite. Once I closed the back cover to the book in my rain-darkened room, I felt antsy. It was that pull for more from the story. That feeling we want to leave with when we complete every novel we read.

I paced and searched through my book cases because I felt at a loss of what I was supposed to do next. I’ve been in a slump so long, I literally didn’t know what to do with myself when I fell into Legendary.

It’d be an understatement to say I enjoyed Legendary. Hell, it’s probably an understatement to say that I loved it. Right now, with my jittery excitement for the next novel in the trilogy, Finale, and my utter misery over no longer being able to explore the world that Legend seems to rule, I’ll continue to pace my apartment in complete bafflement of what to do with myself.

And while that sounds like a miserable state, I can honestly say that I’ve never been happier to experience such a range of emotions.

Obviously, I give Legendary 5/5 stars.

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