I haven’t written a book review in ages, but this year I want to get back into it and ‘Legendborn’ by Tracy Deonn will be the first (of hopefully many).
Legendborn was the first book I read this year and let me tell you, that it did set a good pace and high standards!
It was Deonn’s debut novel and I was pleasantly surprised by the world Deonn created.
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
Legendborn is a fantasy novel that will transport you in the world of a secret society battling demonic forces. It navigates the deep injustices of the system and slavery. Bringing in also the reality of being Black in a racist society.
After losing her mother in a tragic car accident, Bree Matthews enrols to an early college program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Sharing this new adventure with her best friend Alice Chen, in order to escape the grief from her loss.
While attending an unauthorised party in the woods, Bree stumbles into something she has never experienced filled with magic. This encounter will initiate a series of events that will bring Bree closer to the society. When she discovers some memories about. her mother, Bree decides to infiltrate the society to discover the truth.
After recruiting Nick, a member of the society who distanced himself from his destiny, Bree will discover something for herself. She also holds some magical powers that need hiding.
Unveiling more and more links between her mother’s death and this newfound world, Bree tasks herself to find the truth. But between her and the truth stands Selwyn. The Merlin who is in charge of keeping safe the heir and that constantly doubts Bree’s motives for being there.
While participating in trials to join the ranks, Bree and her companions will have to face imminent war. At the same time, Bree will have to face her own grief and the generational trauma from the past.
But will Bree be able to face the truth and what truly runs in her veins?
Legendborn was a powerful read. It highlighted not only slavery but also the struggle of Bree and other characters to fill the ranks of white society. A society where change is not welcomed.
Deonn had the ability to enthrall the reader in a mythical world mixed with the current reality. An absolute must read for fantasy lovers.
In conclusion, if not already evident, I truly loved ‘Legendborn’. It’s setting high expectations for the following book which should be published this year.
You can get your copy of the book from Book Depository or the library nearest to you.
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