Review: Legendary from Stephanie Garber

Finished reading Legendary from Stephanie Garber

Title: Legendary
Writer: Stephanie Garber
Genre: #fantasy #youngadult
Length: 451 pages
My rating: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Version: Hardcover (in English) and audiobook (in Finnish) from Storytel

The book in three words: slow-paced, dreamy, angsty


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.


I don’t know what happened between these two books but Legendary didn’t give me the same feelings as the Caraval. There was not so much magic in it and it felt like the game had stopped. The first half of the book was good and it kept me going. Although I am not huge fan of reading the descriptions of dresses etc. It’s just not my cup of tea.

The writing felt good when reading in English, but the translated version I was listening was awfully out of the deep point of view. It was like someone was telling a story to someone who passed it along. It really bothered me.

Tella’s personality was built in a great way but I did not empathize her. She was a little teenage girl trying to find love which she said she was not looking for at all. She had more potential in her and her actions made me think like her mother and not like a reader enjoying a story.

Scarlett felt more mature in the first book but in the Legendary, she started to act like a whiny teenager too. Ladies, take the matters in your hands and demand answers! Sometimes it felt like they were the victims in their own book and not the protagonists.

All in all I liked the book and will read the Finale as soon as I get it to my hands. The series has so much potential that it hurts me. I really wish the last book wraps everything up and blows my mind. Barber has done a magnificent job in creating this world for us and I WANT to like the last book.

Best quotes from Legendary

”…most people give up at the part of the story where things are the worst, where the situation feels hopeless. But that’s when hope is needed most.”

Stephanie Garber, Legendary (Caraval, #2)

”Neat rooms were easy to rifle through and search undetected because it was simple to put carefully placed things exactly where they’d been. But messes, on the other hand, were difficult to recreate.”

Stephanie Garber, Legendary (Caraval, #2)

”Saying something was for someone else’s own good was almost always another way of justifying something wrong.”

Stephanie Garber, Legendary (Caraval, #2)

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