Finale Review: Pros and Cons of Freeing the Fates

July 19, 2021 by Bec | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Finale Review: Pros and Cons of Freeing the FatesFinale by Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #3
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on May 7th, 2019
Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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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.

The Good Things

  • The final book in the Caraval trilogy and a satisfying conclusion.
  • Gorgeous writing as always! Garber’s writing is magical. I kept getting absorbed into the story and forgot to take notes!
  • The last two thirds of the story was impossible to put down!
  • I really love this world. This one gave us more of the Fates and I loved them!
  • Tella and Legend’s relationship gave me so many feels! I do like Scarlett and Julian, but Tella and Legend might just be my favourite couple.
  • I liked the alternating POVs between Scarlett and Tella. They’re such different characters! For the most part, both had really interesting storylines. I was actually a bit surprised by where Scarlett’s storyline went!
  • Of course the sister feelings continued! Tella and Scarlett’s relationship is an integral part of this series.


The Not-So-Good Things

  • It ended. I really don’t want to leave this world! There are so many more stories I want told: a prequel of Paradise’s adventures, the life of the Fates after Finale, and Tella’s future daughter just to name a few.
  • I did miss the carnival/ game atmosphere from the first two books. The stakes didn’t feel as high at the beginning of Finale.


Finale was a satisfying end to a magical trilogy that’s left me wanting more of this world! (And just more of Garber’s writing in general, honestly.)

Rating: 4 out of 5


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Bec is an Aussie blogger and reader who loves all types of novels. Fantasy, sci fi, and historical are my usual go-to genres. If I’m not binge reading, I’m usually gaming, trying to take decent photos for bookstagram, or freaking out about silly things.

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