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Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
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Legendborn (original 2020; edition 2020)

by Tracy Deonn (Author)

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"To discover the truth behind her mother's mysterious death, a teen girl infiltrates a magical secret society claiming to be the descendants of King Arthur and his knights"--
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Title:Legendborn
Authors:Tracy Deonn (Author)
Info:Margaret K. McElderry Books (2020), 512 pages
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Tracy Deonn creates an original modern reimaging of the legend of King Arthur. After the sudden death of her mother, Briana Matthews is caught in a whirlwind of sadness, self-doubt, and anger. Early college was supposed to be the exciting beginning of her life, now it is an escape from her present sadness. When she witnesses a demon attack during a party, she finds out magic is real. But more importantly that the memories of her mother’s death have been manipulated. Recklessly, Bree delves head first in to the cult type organization called the Order of the Round Table. With the help of her mentor Nick Davis, she might actually survive or find herself in worse peril. Bree is exceptionally angry and impulsive as she deals with loss, school, her friends, and magic. Even managing to make an enemy, powerful Kingsmage Selwyn Kane, on her first day of school. It seems that everyone in her life has secrets they are keeping from her. Her spirit and determination are admirable, as she faces the mystery of her mother’s death, the magic of the Legendborn, and racial issues head on. Her strength comes later in the book. From her willingness to stop and attend to her own emotional turmoil, which helps her better sympathize with her friends. It was wonderful to see Bree grow from grief to strength. Tracy Deonn’s world building and magic lore is one of the many reasons to read this book! ( )
  VictoriaGD | Oct 4, 2020 |
*E-ARC received from Edelweiss/Above the Treeline with the understanding that I would post an honest review. No money or other goods were exchanged, and all views are my own.*

Bree Matthews and her friend Alice are in the Early College program at the University of Carolina. She's still reeling from her mother's death, which happened just after they had a huge argument about her going in the first place. Only a few days into the semester, she witnesses a magical attack and shakes off an attempt to change her memories. Realizing her own strange abilities and the fact that someone adjusted her memories in the hospital after her mother's car accident, she joins a secret society in hopes of figuring out the truth.

This was a unique spin on Arthurian legend, bringing it to the American south and transforming it with the American history of slavery and racism that still affects the present day. The stakes continue to grow higher as Bree falls in love with Nick, the heir apparent, and learns more not only of his society's rules and history, but also an alternate approach to magic that her mother used that sharply contrasts with that of Nick and his friends. Maybe a little on the slower side because of all the aspects that Bree has to learn, but ultimately very satisfying how all the revelations come together in the end, and I enjoyed going along for the ride. It's left wide open for a sequel in this planned trilogy. ( )
1 vote bell7 | Sep 12, 2020 |
If you're gonna compare a book to any Shadowhunter novel (AND have a poc as an mc), you best believe I'm gonna add it to my TBR
  themoonwholistens | Aug 31, 2020 |


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