Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.
My dear gentlemen and fair ladies, welcome, welcome to Caraval – a fantastical and wondrous story about love and betrayal. This is the debut of author Stephanie Garber and it promises so much with its circus-like atmosphere. But for me it’s not easy to begin with this one. Waiting for this book felt like a torture since I heard so many great things from the people who had an ARC and I felt like doing a backflip or something artistic when I finally got my hands on the book. Let me say, both the US and the UK editions are mesmerizing. I do own both copies and they are perfect in their design. They do give me a feeling of magic and wishes and wonders. Attributes connected to Caraval.
“My name is Celeana Sardothien,” she whispered. “But it makes no difference if my name’s Celeana or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”
I’m not quite sure whether I can label this one as a full review or whether these are just some scattered thoughts put together. But nevertheless I have the urge to talk about this book even after I gave myself some days to think about it.
And yes, I am aware that I jumped on the TOG-train extremely late. But I do think that this easily will be one of my favourite books forever.
A deadly assassin? Well, that could be a lot of characters. But a deadly assassin with a love for beautiful dresses as well as fluffy pups and good books? A strong woman that just knows that she is attractive and has no shame in stating so? A strong woman that is only eighteen years old but had to endure way too much by now. That, my friends, is Celeana Sardothien. One of the most wonderful characters I’ve ever read. She is fierce and spirited and knows how to get what she wants. After being a prisoner for a year in the salt mines of Endovier, Celeana is offered a deal from the crown prince himself. She is to take part in a competition to become the kings champion and gain her freedom out of the slavery.