Welcome, welcome to Finale, the third and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Caraval series!
Welcome, welcome to Caraval...all games must come to an end.
It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.
Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.
Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win...and those who will lose everything. . .
Finale was everything I hoped it to be. This series has progressively been getting better with each book and I can honestly say I devoured this like I was one of the Fates because I just couldn't get enough. So much happened yet I still wanted to read more even after the very last page.
Finale is full of thrills, hope, love, heartbreak, desire and most of all, magic. We get to see the majority of the story unravel in Donatella's POV (thankfully), but Scarlett gets some time to tell the story through her eyes as well and it's good that we do because we actually get to finally see some character growth from her. She was the weakest character of the series for me but she actually redeemed herself and surprised me along the way in this book.
Legend is easily the best character in Finale. He's full of magic, dreams and nightmares, and he's honestly the most real character of all of them because he knows who and what he is and doesn't try to change or lie to himself. He's a total villain but in the best way possible.
The chemistry between Legend and Tella is smoldering. They are perfect for each other and I couldn't help but constantly long for them to cross each other's paths.
The storyline with the Fates was really well done and easy to follow with little surprises along the way that I didn't see coming. The world-building in Finale was the best of the series, paired with magical descriptions of the settings and characters.
I was a spectator in this wicked game and with this final curtain call, I'm giving it a standing ovation.
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.