Finale Review


By: Stephanie Garber

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything. . . 

I was somehow chosen to be accepted for this eARC of Finale by Stephanie Garber. I was so excited. I have been a huge fan of Stephanie’s since the day I met her in a small town Barnes & Noble for somebody else’s book signing two years ago. It was the spark that also helped fuel this book journey. It still took me a little longer to get confidence to take the first steps needed to start. I squealed when I got the email saying I have been scepter. I danced a happy dance with my three year old son who then told me he was done and went back to his cars.

I have been so excited to read Finale, but once I had it in my hands I had mixed opinions. Once I read it Caraval would be over. I started Finale and was instantly hooked. Stephanie pulled it off again. She wrote a story that kept me on my toes. It was full of surprises that had me gasping out loud and got me kicked out of the room so my husband could play Xbox without me yelling “WHAT?!” Garber wove a story of intrigue and love and she blew my mind and softened my heart. I had many moments I was unsure of who was good and who was bad. I was never sure who to root for. The depth of the characters had me hurting with them through heartbreaks. It had me cheering for them in their victories and rooting for me on their journey.

Finale did not disappoint. I knew it would be awesome and I knew my heart would be broken and out back together again. Garber tells a colorful story of magic and love and good vs evil. Everybody needs to read this entire series.