Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: May 28, 2018
Length: 451 pages
For years, Donatella Dragna has been corresponding with a mysterious “friend”, desperately trying her mother, who disappeared leaving Tella and her sister Scarlett at the mercy of their abusive father. Now, that friend has demanded his price for the information: Tella must tell him Legend’s true identity.
The only way to find out the master of Caravel’s true name is to win the game, so Tella plunges into the game once again. But this game is different. Played in the very capitol the week before the Empress’s birthday celebration, the game changes and becomes all to real. With each clue, Tella finds herself closer to the truth–about Legend, about her mother, about herself. But will the price be too much? Or can Tella manage to win this game?
As excited as I was to read this book, I have to admit that excitement was a little tempered when I realized that Donatella was the protagonist. I liked her okay, but Scarlett reminds me so much of me, that I felt an affinity for her. But, man, did Tella win me over. I love her wild heart and the way she plunges herself into everything with a passion. I love how she’s hedonistic and adventurous, and I love how she was open to romance at the same time she shied away from love.
I also really enjoyed the romance in this book. I admit, at first I wasn’t too sure of Dante, but he had some wonderfully romantic lines that I’m going to have to copy down and save. They thrilled my heart.
The game was interesting and fun to follow. It didn’t feel as prominent as it did in Caravel, but it’s a different story. It’s still important, but the ancillary characters, while they made an appearance, aren’t as central to the world.
I thought the mythology and world building were very well done. I’m so interested in the Fates and their powers. The descriptions of the different Fates were so vivid, I began imagining them as Halloween costumes.
I am so in love with this series. I cannot wait to read the final book.