“The festivities will begin at twilight and hopefully never come to an end.”
– Stephanie Garber
Thank you to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel!
Oh. Em. Gee.
Not spoiling this book is going to be tough because there’s so many thing I NEED to discuss/talk about (don’t worry I’ll keep it spoiler free I promise). While my favorite book of the series is still Legendary, Finale was almost everything I needed it to be. We have a dual POV of both Tella and Scarlett which was amazing to finally see thing working together versus separately. I missed Scarlett and Julian a lot during Legendary. There was even a little bonus couple of pages from Legends POV which just makes me want the B&N exclusive edition that much more (A whole chapter from his POV is included).
SPOILERS FOR LEGENDARY AHEAD!
This book starts where we let off in Legendary. The fates are free from the deck and Legend is pretending to be the lost heir of Elentine. And this is where the official synopsis for the book lost me. Yes Tella thinks her mother is the rightful heir to the throne, but that truly isn’t revealed until later in the book and is not at all why she is trying to stop Legend from being crowned. Legend made Tella fall for him like hard and then saved her from being trapped in the Deck of Destiny only to leave her on the stairs of The Church of the Fallen Stars confused as hell. She isn’t trying to stop him, she’s just trying to figure out if what happened between them during Caraval was real or a part of the game.
While Tella is having this crisis with Legend, Scarlett discovered in Legendary that Count d’Arcy, her betrothed from the first book, was played by a Caraval actor and is determined to give him a fair shot. She creates a sort of game between him and Julian to vy for her heart.
Finale mainly focuses on the Fates and how they need to be stopped at all costs. When they were at their full powers last time the kingdom was in chaos. While they will not be at full power until they take it from Legend, it’s a race against the clock to save the kingdom from the most powerful Fate of all; The Fallen Star. The sisters must decide not only who to love, but who they can trust and what is the best course of action not only to set themselves but the entire kingdom free.
Love was a huge factor in this book. There was the love between a mother and her daughters, love between sisters and the plain old fashioned love. It showed just how powerful love really could be and that most of our actions stem from it. I’m normally not a fan of love triangles but I was all for the Legend-Jacks-Tella one. How do you pick a man when they’re both the bad guy? Have some of each obviously. More power to Tella. I was not a fan of the d’Arcy-Julian-Scarlett triangle though but that’s because I didn’t like d’Arcy and honestly how could Scarlett ever want him over Julian who is so sweet and caring? Scarlett & Julian forever.
I felt like the book was really repetitive though and that a lot of the major problems were easily solved and pretty straight forward. I figured a real high-stakes situation would be more difficult to overcome but apparently not.
This book tied up a lot of loose ends but it also left quite a few undone. It answered questions I didn’t even know I had, but the loose ends left me questioning if there is a possibility off a spin-off. I need to know what happens to a certain secondary character and I’m praying he and some of the others get their own series. Just because this is the end doesn’t mean it’s really The True Ending.