A magical world and romance that will take your breath away




This month, fall in love with the beautiful world of Stephanie Garber's CARAVAL. It's guest contributor Tara Tsai's pick because:

  1. Sister love! Scarlett is willing to go to the ends of the earth for her sister, Tella. She has to do her best to win Caraval and save her.

  2. It's endlessly imaginative with all of its twists and turns. Caraval can be beautiful and/or creepy. What you think will happen... is not quite what Scarlett or Tella will get.

  3. I am a HUGE sucker for the romance in this book. I won't spoil it but this is one of my favorite ships in the past few years!

Will it be love at first chapter for you?

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Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


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Chapter One


It took seven years to get the letter right.


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Year 50, Elantine Dynasty


Dear Mister Caraval Master,


My name is Scarlett, but I’m writing this letter for my sister, Tella. It’s going to be her birthday soon and she would very much like to see you and your amazing Caraval players. Her birthday is the 37th day of the Growing Season and it would be the most wonderfulest birthday ever if you came.


Most hopefully,

Scarlett, from the Conquered Isle of Trisda


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Year 51, Elantine Dynasty


Dear Mister Caraval Master,


It’s Scarlett again. Did you get my last letter? This year my sister says she’s too old to celebrate birthdays, but I think she’s just upset you never came to Trisda. This Growing Season she’ll be ten and I’ll be eleven. She won’t admit it but she’d still very much like to see you and your wondrous Caraval players.


Most hopefully,

Scarlett, from the Conquered Isle of Trisda


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Year 52, Elantine Dynasty


Dear Caraval Master Legend,


I’m sorry I got your name wrong in those other letters. I hope that’s not why you haven’t come to Trisda. My little sister’s birthday wasn’t the only reason I’ve wanted you to bring your amazing Caraval players here, I’d love to see them too.

Sorry this letter is short, my father will be angry if he catches me writing to you.


Most hopefully,

Scarlett, from the Conquered Isle of Trisda


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Year 52, Elantine Dynasty


Dear Caraval Master Legend,


I just heard the news and I wanted to send my condolences. Even though you still haven’t come to Trisda or responded to any of my letters, I know you’re not a murderer. I was very sorry to hear you won’t be traveling for a while.


Most kindly,

Scarlett, from the Conquered Isle of Trisda


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Year 55, Elantine Dynasty


Dear Master Legend,


Do you remember me, Scarlett, from the Conquered Isle of Trisda? I know it’s been a few years since I wrote. I heard you and your players have started performing again. My sister told me you never visit the same place twice, but a lot has changed since you visited here fifty years ago, and I truly don’t believe anyone would like to see one of your performances more than I would.


Most hopefully,

Scarlett


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Year 56, Elantine Dynasty


Dear Master Legend,


I heard you visited the capital of the Southern Empire last year and changed the color of the sky. Is that true? I actually tried attending with my sister, but we’re not supposed to leave Trisda. Sometimes I believe I’ll never go farther than the Conquered Isles. I suppose that’s why I’ve wanted you and your players to come here so badly. It’s probably futile to ask again, but I do hope you’ll consider coming.


Most hopefully,

Scarlett, from the Conquered Isle of Trisda


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Year 57, Elantine Dynasty


Dear Master Legend,


This will be my final letter. I’m going to be married soon. So it’s probably best you and your players don’t come to Trisda this year.


Scarlett Dragna



Year 57, Elantine Dynasty


Dear Scarlett Dragna, from the Conquered Isle of Trisda—


Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials. I am sorry I cannot bring my players to Trisda. We’re not traveling this year. Our next performance is by invitation only, but I would look forward to meeting you and your fiancé if you could find a way to leave your isle and join us.


Please accept the enclosed as a gift.


From the pen of Caraval Master Legend


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