Legendary (Caraval #2), Stephanie Garber
Published May 29, 2018, Flatiron Books
I enjoyed this Caraval sequel even more than Caraval, which is saying something as I was dazzled by the magic and intrigue of the first book. And once again the cover design team created an equally magical and incredibly photogenic cover.
This book had an ease that so many follow up books enjoy- we know the characters, the relationships, and to some degree, the stakes already involved because of all of that information. Which allows the rest of the world to take take up more space, and in this case, introduce new mythology.
This book reminded me of so many things that enjoy, like Monstress, Stardust, Greek mythology, and strangely, The Death of Mrs. Westaway because I read it right before this book and there's a lot of tarot involved in that story, and of course the ideas of fate and quests and magic is sure to remind me of the Raven Cycle because I love that series.
Which isn't to say that Legendary isn't its own unique story. Barber has her own voice, one that seems to have become better honed this time around. And her choices for introducing the Fates and the names and backgrounds she chose for them are her own vivid take on other deities and ruling entities. Every aspect of the story from the clothes and costumes, to the buildings and rooms are vivid and well-crafted.
I only have two small complaints about this book, the first being that I hate in books (or TV or movies) when a guy places his fingers under a girl's chin and tips it up to look at him, especially a guy with whom the girl has mixed feelings about. There's something so patronizing and possessive at the same time about forcing someone's face to look in a direction they did not chose themselves. I don't find it romantic and yet, in books, it happens all. the. time.
My second complaint is that the book was over too soon!
That one's on me, but I just couldn't put it down, so intrigued by all the history that felt so present behind the adventure in front of me, and all the bittersweet feelings about family and sacrifice. There was less conjured magic than in the first book, but Garber gave us plenty of visual magic in the colors and textures of the world.
I can't say enough how much I enjoyed falling into this story.