Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Series: Legendborn #1
Format: Copy provided by Simon Schuster Canada
Top 3 Genres: Fantasy, Young adult, Diversity
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey bookdragons! A little bit ago, I read Legendborn and fell in love with it! Maybe it was not perfect, and had some too YA-ish for me elements, but beyond that, it was so incredible in terms of magic, and in the unique perspective the author offers with a Black character, that it blew my mind! I was so excited for it that I even did a reading vlog 😉 But here, I’m doing something a bit shorter, just to get you curious about it and hopefully make you add it to your TBR 😛
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 in aesthetics
What I loved in Legendborn
(+) the setting: and old, Ivy league like university
(+) Bree, what an incredible character to follow! She is super smart, quick on her feet, and magical
(+) all the King Arthur and his knights related lore: the secret society, the lines, the magic
(+) Root, another way of magic, that Bree discovers and that connects her to her ancestors
(+) how the author makes us think on American history, on how it was white washed, or what it can be as a Black person to go to a University that was build by slaves and at a name no one thought Black people would be able to attend. Real change of perspective!
(+) the integration of intergenerational trauma in the story, without it becoming the main focus, it is there, it has impacts and it is so well entertwined with the magical aspect!
(+) all the plot twists I was hoping for, explained SO perfectly and connecting all the different aspects of the book.
(+) diversity in the characters.
(+) Sal, definitely my crush by the end of the book!
In a few words
This book was one of my most anticipated reads, and it did not disappoint. A Black OwnVoices that mix Western lore with African magic, modern characters with old history, and it’s simply perfect!
See you for a cup,
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