Last month saw the publication of Legendary by Stephanie Garber, the second book in the Caraval trilogy. I read and enjoyed Caraval last year and loved the magical world it introduced us to so I was keen excited about reading Legendary. I was intrigued to find out more about this fascinating world, and to follow the story of the Dragna sisters as they search for the truth in a place where nothing is quite as it seems…
The events in Caraval began with a series of letters penned by Scarlett Dragna to the ‘Master Legend’ eventually resulting in her being invited to Caraval. Here she became immersed in a world in which it is hard to establish what is real and what is just part of the game. In Legendary we return to that world, but in this story the focus is on Scarlett’s younger sister, Tella, as she sets out to win Caraval, in order to find out the true identity of the mysterious Master Legend. The mystery surrounding the Master Legend was one of the things that intrigued me in the first book so I was interested to find out more about his character alongside Tella. However, finding the truth is much more difficult than it seems, and Tella finds herself on a challenging journey in which she finds herself in the path of danger, as she begins to uncover a web of secrets, including secrets about her own family.
The opening pages of Legendary had me gripped and I found the story to be an enjoyable one. I found this to be a little different from the first book, due to both the characters and the content. This story builds on that which began in Caraval, but it was told from Tella’s perspective rather than Scarlett’s. I thought this was interesting and I liked learning more about Tella’s character in addition to uncovering more about Scarlett. Also, whereas Caraval sets the scene and creates a vivid image of a magical world, Legendary focuses more on the background information and includes revelations about Tella’s family history. That’s not to say that there were no magical elements to this story, as there was still a lot of vivid imagery which gives the reader a glimpse into a fascinating world. I particularly liked the use of the fortune telling cards, discovering what each of them represent, the powers that they hold, and how crucial they are in Tella’s journey. As the world of Caraval is part of a game you are never sure of what may happen next, this made for an interesting read and there were a few twists and turns along the way as Tella searches for the truth.
I enjoyed Legendary, a story which adds more intrigue to the world of Caraval, and leaves you to wonder what may happen next. I would be interested to read the final book in the trilogy, Finale, when it is published next year!