Firstly, a huge thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for sending over an ARC. I adored this book.
Finale was certainly an apt name for this one. What a book, what an ending. I only hope that there is room for more books in this world if not with these characters. Caraval is a series that draws you in from the first page and doesn't let you go even after you've finished the book. This was the perfect ending for this series. I love how even in the final book we still learnt more about the world of Caraval and Valenda. There were new characters introduced enriching an already phenomenal cast.
This novel cemented the series as one of my all-time favourites.
***Now for the spoiler-y section. From here on out there will be spoilers galore. ***
There's so much that happened in this book I don't think I'll be able to cover it all without creating a novel of my own!
Firstly, I found the biggest shock to be the death of Scarlett and Tella's mother, Paloma. She hardly featured at all and the minute she woke up The Fallen Star killed her. I understand why but I would've loved to see her interact a little bit more with her girls. I enjoyed the trip into the past immensely with Scarlett. I'm so glad we got a little bit of time to see how she was prior to the start of the series. My god, she was a kickass woman!
I do like a good love triangle and I was gifted with plenty of them in this instalment. I liked that Scarlett didn't reaaaaally pine after Julian when he disappeared for a while and instead decided to take a chance on someone else. I wish that their courting game had lasted a little longer. But let's be real, it was always going to be Julian. Jacks is a character that you love and also kind love to hate. I was drawn to him when he was on the page simply because his presence was so captivating. I thought he was incredibly well written and do feel a little sorry for the ending he got. However, I always wanted Tella and Legend to be together. The way that it came about was perfect and showed growth from both of the characters. I liked that Legend's decision to shed his immortality was one that took consideration. It showed their relationship to be one of love, trust and the desire for the other to succeed as well as themselves.
Julian's Crimson tattoo, simply adorable.
The ending wrapped up beautifully. I like that The Fallen Star got a little bit of redemption just before Tella killed him. It was such a satisfying ending.