Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle #1) (Paperback)
When 16-year-old Bree Matthews enrolls in a residential program for high-schoolers at UNC-Chapel Hill, she witnesses a magical attack on her very first night on campus. Suspecting that this had something to do with her mother's recent death, she infiltrates the secret society whose members fought off the demons. She discovers that the Legendborns are all descendants of the original Knights of the Round Table, and that she has some magic of her own. Should she decide to join them or to suse her magic to take them down?— From Deb's Picks
A King Arthur retelling but with roots in Black American history, this book follows 16 year old Bree as she begins a residential high school program in the months after her mom dies. Her first night on campus, she witnesses a magical attack and is protected by the Legendborn, a group of students hunting down demons. Through this, Bree realizes that the Legendborn are somehow connected to her mother's death and decides to infiltrate them. This may be a retelling, but it is not a story you've read before. With real characters, complex, timely themes, and a twist that makes everything come together, this book lingers long after the last page.— From Nia
Winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award
Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy reinvents the King Arthur legend and “braids together Southern folk traditions and Black Girl Magic into a searing modern tale of grief, power, and self-discovery” (Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles).
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 paperback edition of Legendborn contains a teaser to the thrilling sequel, Bloodmarked, as well as an exclusive short story from Selwyn Kane's perspective!