Author: Tracy Deonn
Published September 15th 2020 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre – Urban Fantasy
WOW. Guys. If you have not picked up this book . . . please do. This was an amazing debut and probably one of my favorite reads of this year! I am still overwhelmed by the ending of this novel that I need the sequel ASAP! There is just so much more to learn about the world and so much more possibilities on what could happen!
Summary (From GoodReads)
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.
Bree Matthews – Bold, Strong – I absolutely loved Bree as a character and I think this is primarily why I enjoyed the book so much. I love it when we are able to follow a character who is headstrong but also has her own flaws which she learns to recognize and grow as a character. I think we as readers learn about the world as Bree does when first stepping into the Order and we see the society through her eyes. I also love her character dynamic with Alice, her best friend, as well as Nick and Sel. Everything felt so grounded and these relationships drove the storyline forward. I also loved seeing her character arc as well – it was definitely an emotional one where I did tear up in some parts but it was done so beautifully.
Nick Davis – Bright, Charming, Friendly, – I was automatically drawn to his character the moment we were introduced to him. He has such a charming personality that you cannot help but fall for him. What I also loved about his character was the amount of layers he had. There was so much he was dealing and all of these trials and issues made him seem more realistic.
Selwyn Kane – Arrogant, Distant, Sarcastic, – I initially had conflicted feelings towards Sel during the start of the novel since we do not know much about him and his motives. In one aspect, I was a bit put off by his arrogance but we learn that there is more than what meets the eye to his character. Like Nick, he also has a lot of layers and issues which he is dealing with and there were moments where you feel for him. This is what had me intrigued and I started to look forward to his scenes. He also seems to challenge Bree a lot and I loved seeing the dynamic between them since she doesn’t tolerate his attitude at all HAHA And I live for his sarcasm!
Themes – Grief, Loss, Racism, Slavery in the South
There were so many important themes interlaced throughout this novel and I think Tracey did a fabulous job addressing all of them. While Bree is within the Society there are moments when she is faced with backlash and cruelty but what I appreciated from her is that she would hold her ground and does not tolerate those types of behaviors. Since we explore Bree’s power, we are also shown glimpses of her family’s pasts and history which are also done extremely well and woven into the storyline in perfect way. I loved that the author was able to showcase more of these themes especially in an urban fantasy setting since this is not explored often.
Typically, I do not enjoy love triangles when they are used in novels and when I heard that there will be one in this book, I was a bit hesitant when approaching it. However, I found that it did not bother me as much. Mostly because I found all the characters quite interesting. It definitely moves towards one character from the beginning but then suddenly shows opportunity for another by the end of the novel which instantly captured my attention and made me super curious about the next book!
Magic System/ World
The world building was done in adequate doses so we were not too overwhelmed by the intricacy of the way the world worked and I appreciated the author’s writing for that. There are times when it is difficult to follow the narration or the plot line due to the extensive info which can be thrown at us but it was not the case for this novel at all. I loved the magic system and the hierarchy of the secret society in campus and the connections to the past. It was told so well but also has be curious about a lot of other elements as well and I hope we have the opportunity to explore it in the future books!
From reading the first chapter of the book, I was automatically intrigued by the author and her writing. It was so gripping and it made you as a reader become emotionally attached to the characters and struggles that they are going through. I also found the pacing to be done quite well too! The level of mystery and intrigue were carried out throughout the storyline and provided is adequate doses to keep you glued to the pages.
The twists and turns were AMAZING! There were moments where my jaw dropped and others where I was shook to the core! Tracy also manages to weave in so many foreshadowing elements which makes you as a reader prophesize what could happen next and I couldn’t help but keep thinking what she had in store for her characters! WOW! Just amazing!
Have any of you read Legendborn? What were your thoughts on it?
Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!