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Review: Finale


Title: Finale

Author: Stephanie Garber

Series: A Court of Thornes And Roses

Date Published: May 7th, 2019

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Genre: Fantasy


Synopsis


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…


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Review


This was a stunning conclusion to a wonderful trilogy, filled with magic, love, betrayal, and life. The world of Caraval is not something I’m likely to forget anytime soon, everything about it was pure magic.


This final book takes place 2 months after the events of the last book – the Fates are out, but still slumbering and Scarlett and Tella’s mother is finally returned to them… still asleep. Upon the release of the Fates from the cards and the reveal of Legend’s identity, Tella is shaken up. But 2 months has passed relatively uneventfully, Jacks has disappeared, the Fates haven’t shown up – and Legend visits her dreams.


Tella still longs for Legend and whilst they banter and pretend, her heart burns for him as she wants him to love her the way she loves him. But does she even really know Legend? The legend of her dreams is the legend she believes him to be, but can she trust him? Probably not.


The romance triangles were very well done, and I was overjoyed to see Jacks and have him be somewhat less nefarious than in the last book. Tella is stuck between an Immortal who is obsessed with her and an Immortal who refuses to let himself love her. Her journey, as always with Caraval, is full of surprises and shocks. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Tella navigate this world.


Alongside this, Scarlett and Julian also have some history they need to heal from but struggle to do so, however, the return of the Fates put things in perspective and they begin to truly admit their love for one another.


The history we learn about their mother and her past really enhance the story and add a whole new layer to the part Scarlett and Tella have to play. Each sister has their own storyline which was interesting to see and worked well having both their POVs. Whilst Scarlett did have a very interesting role to play, the majority was from Tella’s POV as she had the most still to resolve. Her relationship with Legend changed and developed throughout this book and he became more real as the story progressed.


The ending felt a little anticlimactic and seemed easier than it should have been but still wonderfully written and very enjoyable. However, it feels like it ended conveniently and everything was solved and wrapped up perfectly… which was satisfying but it wasn’t a groundbreaking ending that got my heart pumping.w more, which did work with the setting or the mystery of Caraval. Personally, I didn’t feel like not knowing was a problem however I know it can be annoying for a magic system to not be explained well – so be prepared to still have many unanswered questions about how the Fates and their magic actually works.


The ending felt a little anticlimactic and seemed easier than it should have been but still wonderfully written and very enjoyable. However, it feels like it ended conveniently and everything was solved and wrapped up perfectly… which was satisfying but it wasn’t a groundbreaking ending that got my heart pumping.


Overall, I loved this book and the trilogy. I was ensnared in the magic and illusions and ended up falling in love with the characters and their journeys. The ending was not what I expected but was a satisfying conclusion to the story. The writing was beautiful, and the premise was delightfully new and wonderfully done. I feel (hope) that there’s a lot of space left to expand on the world and the fates and would love to see a spinoff series. I would highly recommend the series and would suggest you read it with an open mind ready to enjoy the ride.


Rating: 4.5 Star

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