I first received Caraval in an Owlcrate when it was first published and immediately fell in love. I've reread it several times and after the most recent re-read decided it was time to finally hit the stacks and snag its sequel from the local library. I was not disappointed.
I was initially worried that the author wouldn't be able to write Tella's character as convincingly as she had written Scarlett. Scarlett's world is vibrant, every emotion tinged with color, every moment painted vividly in a style entirely unique. I couldn't imagine how Stephanie would be able to shape Tella in a way that was both entirely different but also entirely convincing. But I should not have doubted.
Tella's unruly and impulsive nature suddenly comes into focus in a way that leaves you on edge and cheering for her every move. Her motives shine through, clarifying what was so incredibly muddy before when we only saw her through Scarlett's eyes. I have read many books in which individual characters are narrated separately, to varying degrees of success, but I have never come across an author who could pull it off as well as Stephanie Garber.
As full of magic and tangible imagery as the first installment of the series, Legendary is a masterpiece on its own and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book (hold pending).