Book Reviews

Book Review: Legendborn

Title: Legendborn

Author: Tracy Deonn

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon and Schuster)

Publication Date: September 15, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Urban Fantasy


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. 


Rating: 5 out of 5.

This review is a review of an Arc copy I received from Hear Our Voices Book Tours from the Legendborn Instagram Tour

While this book was fast-paced from the very beginning it still took a couple pages for me to get into the story. But once I was into the story it was an amazing ride.

The magic systems well were explained and they were quite interesting. I loved the fact though the different magic systems were coming from basically the same place the branches were so different. Also the fact that the magic used by Black people is connected to Black History was a really great story element.

One detail that I loved immensely even though it definitely wasn’t put into the story for enjoyment purposes per-se was the fact that Tracy Deonn didn’t shy away from showcasing the everyday struggles with racism that Black people go through. I don’t know why but I was kind of expecting the story to just focus on the magic and glance over the everyday details. I also loved the mundane moments that in the midst of the action and magic.

I loved Bree as I character and the other characters were very 3 dimensional and intriguing. I also loved Nick and Sel as characters and I loved Nick as a love interest for Bree .

Almost finished I want to mention that this book had Non-Binary, Sapphic and Bi or Pan Representation. Also the plot twists !!

That’s All I Got Romy.

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