I am so excited to be part of the Legendborn blog tour! Thank you so much to Hear Our Voice Book Tours and to Margaret K. McElderry Books for giving me an e-arc of this book, this did not alter my opinion on it in any way.
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 was a wild ride, from start to finish. It has met every expectations I had set for it: fast paced, compelling plot, interesting characters, cute romance. I gave it a four stars and I think it was an amazing read.
The writing was amazing and the pacing was perfect. I think it can be a bit info-dumpy at the beginning, but you need that information to understand the world and everything that happens in the story. Tracy Deonn did an fantastic job with the world building too. The Arthurian retelling in a modern day with a secret society…. I can’t even really express how well done it was. You can tell the author put a lot of work on it. Every aspect of the world is well crafted and smart.
The characters were my favorite part of this book. I’m really big on character-driven stories, and I personally think this was one of those. Bree was not perfect. She annoyed me at times, but I think that only made her even more real. She is incredibly stubborn and fights for what she wants. The side characters, Alice, Nick, Sel, and many more, were also amazing. They were just there to be there. They had their own story arc, that I think, and hope, we’ll get to see more in the future. The climax of the story was definitely my favorite part. I loved the action packed scene and the reveals… I felt so much I was squealing while reading!
This book did not gloss over the fact that Bree was a Black woman living in a place with mostly white people. I could relate to all the micro-aggression she was a victim of and to the fact that she felt like there wasn’t a space for her, even if she deserved to be where she was.
In conclusion, I would absolutely recommend this book and I can’t wait to buy my own copy!
Never forget. Be angry. And channel it.
Together, we send the demon’s body in one direction while their head flies in the other.
(…) when your people die, you have to listen to strangers speak your nightmare into existence.
Tracy Deonn is a writer and second-generation fangirl. She grew up in central North Carolina, where she devoured fantasy books and Southern food in equal measure. After earning her master’s degree in communication and performance studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tracy worked in live theater, video game production, and K–12 education. When she’s not writing, Tracy speaks on panels at science fiction and fantasy conventions, reads fanfic, arranges puppy playdates, and keeps an eye out for ginger-flavored everything. She can be found on Twitter at @TracyDeonn and at TracyDeonn.com.
Legendborn is out NOW! Go get your copy or request it at your library!