Legendary by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The follow-up to Caraval, and clearly the middle of the trilogy. The question of who Legend is and what he ultimately wants is teased, but there's the addition of the Fates and a fake engagement and meeting the Empress and, of course, finishing the most recent Caraval. Tella is more interesting than Scarlet, but the change in POV made me wonder whose story we'll hear in the next book.
As for the Caraval part, well... there were a lot of planned coincidences, and the prose is more overdone here than at other times (which is saying something). Plus so much was left hanging (who were the Fates? there have to be more, right? and what about Mom? who is/was she?) that it almost feels like there should be whole books about those pieces. I'd really love if the cards reappear, but somehow I doubt it.
eARC provided by publisher.