“Love was such a fundamental part of what drove her, she didn’t even know who she’d be without love.”
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Format: Physical copy
A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.
It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.
With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.
Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time—only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.
Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end…
Well my friends, the time has come and the games are over.
I’m going to keep this review relatively short because if you’ve read any of the Caraval books you already know that just about anything can be a spoiler. If you have not read the first two books read this review at your own risk.
Here’s the thing, I wasn’t expecting to love this more than Legendary, however, a 3.5 rating stings a little bit. Not that it’s a low rating but it’s more of a “meh” rating and I never thought one of these books would fall into that category. I was a little nervous how this book was going to pan out since there is no Caraval game, but I figured now Tella and Scarlett were playing a bigger game so how bad could it be? And it’s not that it was bad, but just like I mentioned in my Legendary review, this got REALLY redundant. So much of this story is essentially the girls repeating what tasks they need to complete to save each other…and the world as they know it.
As usual the world-building and descriptions are TOP NOTCH and continue to suck you into the story three books later. Plus, this book as a love triangle (which normally I hate) but oof – the tension was unreal. I was sweating 85% of this book for that alone. But unfortunately, all these things can’t carry the story on it’s back. I honestly, think the reason why I ended up giving this book a 3.5 rating and not lower is because I was happy with the ending… for the characters. Was I happy with the ending? Considering it was a thousand times less anticlimactic than the first two books, not really. I was actually a little shocked at the predicability of the ending. But alas, my heart was happy with the resolution of the love triangle so I’ll just shut up about the rest.
Before you think I hated this book entirely, because I really haven’t said anything positive yet, I promise I didn’t hate it! I loved the fact that Scarlett stepped up to the plate a little bit more in this book and was willing to take the risks needed to “get shit done”, since I need to be vague and all. I also enjoyed how these story gave us a better look at the Fates, their history, and answered more questions about Tella and Scarlett’s mother. There are still plenty of plot twists that make this book an enjoyable read even if it does feel like there is a bit of a disconnect from the first two books.
“Occasionally, there are minutes that get extra seconds. Moments so precious the universe stretches to make additional room for them, and this was one of them. People don’t get pauses like these very often. Some people never receive them at all.”
“A true queen’s power isn’t in her crown, my little love. It’s here.” Her mother placed a hand over her heart.”
“I’m the villain, even in my own story.”
All in all, while I’m sad to see these characters and this world go, I do have to admit that it is probably the best to say goodbye to them. The games were fun while they lasted but all good things must come to an end!
Until next time,