An original world. A legendary competition. A mesmerizing romance. An unbreakable bond between two sisters. 

Welcome to Caraval!

Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

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

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Advance Praise for Caraval



“A spellbinding tale of sisterhood, love and betrayal. Like her characters, I lost myself in the dangerous, enchanting world she created―and never wanted to come out.” ―Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember In the Ashes and A Torch in the Night

“Enchanting and mysterious, Stephanie Garber’s Caraval is a story rich with sumptuous detail, beautifully written.” ―Renée Ahdieh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

“Caraval shimmers with magic. This is an inventive, delightful tale with several aces up its sleeve.” ―Marie Rutkoski, New York Times bestselling author of the Winner’s Trilogy

“In a book where nothing is at it appears, one thing is certain: Caraval is the darkly enchanting adventure you’ve been looking for!” ―Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken

A decadent and enchanting tale. Caraval will sink its teeth into you, and you will not want to leave.” ―Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

“A tale of sisterly devotion painted in colors of cerise and shimmering gold. If you ever wondered how it would feel to step into a living dream, here’s your ticket.” ―Stacey Lee, critically acclaimed author of Outrun the Moon

“Stephanie Garber doesn’t just dazzleshe makes me believe.” ―Jodi Meadows, co-author of My Lady Jane

“Magnificent . . . a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

Caraval delights the senses: beautiful and scary, described in luscious prose, this is a show readers will wish they could enter. A double love story, one sensual romance and the other sisterly loyalty, anchors the plot, but the real star here is Caraval and its secrets. Immersive and engaging . . . destined to capture imaginations.” Kirkus Reviews

“This twisty, terrifically fun page-turner is ideal for fans of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, and fantasy novels where relationships between sisters drive the plot, such as The Hunger Games. VERDICT: A must-have fantasy debut for high school collections.” SLJ

“Rich, vivid scene-setting and descriptions make for entertaining reading . . . a colorful, imaginative fantasy with some steamy romance for good measure.” ―ALA Booklist

Caraval will be available from the following publishers (Pre-order links below)


United States: Flatiron/Macmillan


Brazil: Novo Conceito

Bulgaria: BARD

China: Booky

Czech Republic: Egmont

France: Bayard

Finland: WSOY

Germany: Piper

Hungary: Libri

Indonesia: Noura (To be published under the title Hearts Made of Black)

Israel: Miskal

Italy: RCS Libri

Japan: Kino Books

Korea: Sam & Parkers

Netherlands: Luitingh-Sijthoff (To be published under the title Het Zwarte Hart)

Norway: Aschehoug

Poland:  Znak (To be published under the title The Boy Who Tasted Like Midnight)

Portugal: Presenca

Romania: Editura RAO

Russia: Atticus-Azbooka

Serbia: Laguna

Slovakia: Egmont

Spain: Planeta

Taiwan: Faces

Turkey: Dogan-Egmont

Ukraine: Krajina Mriy

United Kingdom & Commonwealth: Hodder & Stoughton

*International publication dates and titles may vary.

Caraval is available for Pre-order at the following sites: 

Amazon (USA)

Amazon (UK)

Barnes and Noble

Book Depository

Kepler’s Bookssigned & personalized copies (first 200 people also receive a special gift)




Goldsboro Books—signed UK edition

US pre-orders: If you live in US and you pre-order Caraval make sure to check out this awesome giveaway hosted by my UK publisher.

UK Pre-orders: If you live in the UK and you pre-order Caraval make sure to check out this awesome giveaway hosted by my UK publisher.