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Publisher Description

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!
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 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.

Young Adult
September 15
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Grades 9 and Above

Customer Reviews

maryannerose ,


This book is amazing, not only does it give all brown girls that feeling of involvement in magic and sci-fi, but it also ties in the realness of bigotry and racism that poc face every single day. Such a beautiful book

akashaleigh ,

Best Book I’ve Ever Read!!

It is really hard for me to place a book in my new favorites, but this book topped every expectation I had for it. As a black women this book made me feel seen in a way that I have never felt in other books!!! The world building is confusing at first but once explained is magical and enticing. The characters are fleshed out and truly feel like real people. I can’t say better things about this book, and I urge everyone to read it!!

LilPonyGurl ,

Unexpectedly Cathartic

This wonderful book was…life affirming. I’m an avid reader, especially of SciFi or Fantasy novels. I usually have to imagine diversity in characters as I read, though most times the literature gives little details that will “correct” my creative license, ruining my experience. But this book…. I saw my everyday self in Briana. I saw my husband in Nick and Sel. The trials and tribulations, the bigotry and bias, the tender and sweet… I felt all of it! Truly a great read especially for young dark skinned women.

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