But the best villains are the ones you secretly like.”🌟🌟🌟🌟That’s it. I’m hooked on this series. I absolutely cannot believe how long we have to wait for Finale to come out! I honestly think I liked Legendary more than Caraval, and it’s rare for me to like a sequel more than the original. The originals usually have so much magic to them because it’s a new fresh story and so much fun, which I absolutely thought about Caraval, but if you read my review of it you’ll understand why Legendary trumps Caraval. Caraval had too many unruly sentences and a lot of descriptors that made you shake your head and silently chuckle at the silliness of them, but I did not see that nearly as much in Legendary!
Unlike Caraval which is told from Scarlett’s POV, Legendary is told from her sister Donatella’s POV. I was hesitant to read a sequel that is from a different person’s POV but honestly I thought it worked extremely well for this story. In Caraval I got bored of Scarlett, she’s extremely one dimensional in her thinking and nothing was a surprise with her actions. But Donatella, she is a beast entirely her own and with so many twists and turns in Legendary I honestly didn’t see them coming and had no idea how Donatella would react to them.
“Dante had wings. And, holy mother of saints, they were beautiful-soulless jet-black with midnight-blue veins, the color of lost wishes and fallen stardust.”
Legendary also focused more on Dante who I ended up LOVING. He was basically a tool in Caraval and we didn’t see a lot of him but his character was expanded on greatly in Legendary and I am forever thankful for it because Dante is Bae. He is rough and buff and strong while also caring and nurturing and loving and all around I loved the development of him as a person.
One gripe I do have with the series is the world building. I know its centered around the carnival but I just feel like there is so much more than what we are shown in the story. We only get bits and snippets of what the town looks like and feels like and I want more details of the architecture and the surrounding towns and what lays beyond. I also want more details of the carnival as a whole because I feel like the details of how everything works is lacking.
“So,’ she said cautiously, ‘is all this your way of telling me you’re the villain?’
His chuckle was dark. ‘I’m definitely not the hero.’
‘I already knew that,’ Tella said. ‘It’s my story, so clearly I’m the hero.”
Overall, some overuse of metaphors, it needs more world building but I can forgive all that because this was a fantastic story that kept me on my toes and left me wanting more going into the Finale 😉