A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister, Scarlett, from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice, but now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever…

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . the games have only just begun.

I started reading the Caraval series last month as a buddy read and we all enjoyed it so much that we agreed to read the next book together. We were supposed to wait until next month to read book three together but we’re pulling it forward because this series is so good! So I can’t feel too guilty about not making much progress in my existing series as while I have started a new series, I’m going to finish it this month.

I absolutely loved this book. Yes, it was the second book in a series but if you wanted to jump into book two without reading book one, it could work as a first introduction to the world. Although I’d highly recommend starting with book one as a be more of this world, the better! This book was told entirely from Tella’s point of view and I enjoyed getting to know her a lot better as she was a side character during the first book.

This time it was Tella’s turn to participate in Caraval and she had a secret task. It turned out that she had a secret and had made a deal. A very risky deal!

I loved that we got so much more of characters that had been introduced in book one, Tella and Dante took leading roles. Jacks, The Prince of Hearts was also introduced and he is my favourite character in Once Upon a Broken Heart so I was delighted! I loved the relationship between Tella, Dante, and Jacks. Morally grey brooding characters were very enjoyable to read about.

I feel like a lot of questions from Caraval had been answered and more questions asked. I found this to be such a fast based and exciting adventure.

The book took place in a gorgeous and opulent empire which had various quarters. I enjoyed this new area and I’m a sucker for a creepy castle setting which did get introduced.

There’s a new baddy introduced in this book. The Fates. Previously locked away but they wanted to be released. I enjoyed learning more about the fates and what had happened to them.

There wasn’t a lot of Scarlett or Julien in this book, they had taken the lead roles in book one so it was strange seeing them as side characters. I feel like they didn’t really have a lot going on this time but I was still happy to have the other characters get their turn in the spotlight.

This world was just fantastic and I loved being brought back to it. This was a thrilling adventure and I was gripped! This was a buddy read that we had intended to read over a week…I read it in 5 days and some of my pals read it quicker. Very few of us lasted the full 7 days without reading ahead. I think that’s a sign of a beloved book. I’m so excited to read the next book and see if some questions I have will be answered. I may have found a new favourite series!

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