Are you looking for a good book to pull you right in? Well, look no further because Legendborn by Tracy Deonn will do just that!
Synopsis: 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.
This book had me gripped from page one. I was so drawn in to this wonderful world that Tracy created. I have never seen an arthurian retelling quite like this and I was here for it!
The exploration of grief in the book was very present as the main character loses their mother before the book begins and you can tell that it affects her throughout and motivates her to push forward with her personal objectives.
I really enjoyed Alice (her best friend) as a character and will look forward to getting more of her in the next book. I also liked that there was some different relationship elements at play in this book.
Something I really enjoyed about the book was its pacing. It had a steady pace with a lot happening and it just kept up the whole time.
Oh and the different magic systems were really cool!
Overall, I really liked the book and did not expect it to become one of my favorites of the year but here we are!
Book Rating: 5/5
Disclaimer: I was given an ebook copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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It has been a while since we moved into our house and I finally did a bookshelf tour! This one contains all of Markus’ bookshelves and I will do another tour with my own shelves at some point too! Let me know in the comments which book or series is your favorite that is on his shelves!
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