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.
“But the best villains are the ones you secretly like, and my nana always said Legend was the villain in Caraval.”
Despite having mixed feelings about Caraval, I decided to continue the series and went into it with an open mind, hoping I’d like it more than its predecessor. I was (thankfully) surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it. I’m sure it had to do with Donatella being the lead in this and her connection with Dante. She’s such an enjoyable character to read about and her chemistry with Dante was off the charts. Tella is 100% a better character than Scarlett and although we barely got much of her in Caraval, she was so likeable and real and I admired her character growth throughout the book.
There was also more world-building in this one regarding the Fates and Legend, which Caraval totally lacked. Where Caraval was all smoke and mirrors, Legendary was in your face reality and action, and I was thrilled to be on the ride.