Legendborn (Compact Disc)

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Legendborn, a contemporary YA fantasy by Tracy Deonn, twists and turns at a non-stop pace from page one! Sixteen-year-old Bree enrolls in the Early College program at the University of North Carolina after the sudden and devastating loss of her mother. During Bree’s first week on campus, a Shadowborn demon attacks her, throwing Bree into the world of the Legendborn, a secret society of students made up of descendants from King Arthur and his Round Table. Members attempt to keep human Onceborn outsiders from harm by wielding a magical energy called aether. Bree suspects a connection between the society and her mom’s death, and she infiltrates the Legendborn with the help of the society’s most reluctant member, Nick. Always in her way is an angry, powerful mage named Selwyn Kane with motivations he keeps to himself. In this brilliantly crafted novel, the author braids Arthurian legend together with stories of Rootcrafters, Black women who borrow magic from their ancestors, passing secrets from mother to daughter through generations. Images of the divided America we live in today reflect back to Bree’s own ancestors, showing a trail of loss going back to slavery through women whose bodies belonged to white men. Not only are the magic system and the world building beautifully detailed, but Bree herself is insightful and smart, and the chemistry between her and Nick makes for lots (but never enough) swoony kissing. Are you ready for your next obsession? Because Legendborn is it!

— Jenny Chou

Fall 2020 Kids Indie Next List

“This book showed up at the perfect time. It addresses many things that we as Americans have not discussed. Weaving the Arthurian legend with Black southern folklore make this a magical and unique book on so many levels. All the emotions and experiences that Briana goes through are so relevant and timely. I was totally transported and enthralled with this book, which is going to make waves in the fantasy community. Much needed waves. Kudos to Tracy Deonn for writing such a fantastic piece of fiction.”
— Kim Brock, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH


Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn's YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic.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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781797113487
ISBN-10: 1797113488
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: September 15th, 2020
Language: English