Our Bookseller says:
“This book was everything. I finished it and immediately scoured Tracy Deonn’s Twitter to make sure there would be a sequel (there will). I’ve read a good number of books and this is the first time I’ve ever fangirled over an author directly to them while desperately asking if the sequel would be coming soon (not soon enough, but it is coming). Everything from the fantastic world-building on a university campus (I’m a UNC alumna and now see that campus with new eyes) to the incredible character development and twisty plot just leaves you constantly wanting more! Deonn even addressed and incorporated the university’s (and the South’s) racist history in a way that recognized the horror without losing the power of a Black woman’s story. I’m not a Black girl, but the Black Girl Magic interlaced in Bree’s story is undeniable. If I had it in my budget to gift this book to every one of my friends (*especially* fellow Tar Heels), I would! I cannot recommend it enough – whether you’re looking for an awesome new (sub)urban fantasy or a UNC student/alumnus just looking to find new magic on the campus you love – Legendborn is perfect.”
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.