TITLE: Legendary

AUTHOR: Stephanie Garber

Rating: ★★★★★

PAGES: 451

PUBLISHER: Flatiron Books


GENRE(S): Fantasy

The publisher kindly sent me a physical copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber - The Contented ReaderA 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.


When I read Caraval last year, it quickly became my most favourite read of the year. The world is so magical and so are the characters. Needless to say I’m super excited for Legendary!

Legendary follows Tella rather than Scarlett. At first, I didn’t know if I was going to enjoy her perspective, but I loved it – I enjoyed her more than Scarlett! She’s sassy, fierce, dependable and knowledgeable. She’s extremely loyal and defends those she loves with such passion.

The other characters we get to enjoy in this novel was extremely entertaining for me! We of course got to hear from Scarlett and Julian as well as Dante. This book introduces the Fates, which are all super mysterious. It’s an interesting addition to the story and world! Another aspect that was great is the addition of some romantic elements that did not overpower the story but rather, complimented and added to my overall enjoyment of the book.

I’m really happy with the plot of this book. Caraval is fun because of the game, even though it came with sacrifices. With Legendary, there is more of a deep reason for playing the game. It wasn’t just about a game this time. It represents Tella’s character immensely and I constantly found myself curious about what would happen next.

I am so excited for the third book in this series, Finale! Legendary ended in such a way that you feel satisfied but you also can’t wait to see what will happen next. As I said, a lot was revealed in this book. But, as it’s Caraval, I’m unsure as to how much of that is real and how much is a trick.

Beware my friends, things in Caraval are not always what they appear to be!

She tried to smile then. She was finally the hero. All it had cost her was everything.

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About The Author

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Stephanie Garber is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary. She grew up in Northern California, where she was often compared to Anne Shirley, Jo March, and other fictional characters with wild imaginations and stubborn streaks.

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Who’s your favourite – Tella or Scarlett? Are you excited to read Legendary? What are your thoughts for the next book?

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

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