Publication Date: September 15th 2020
Series: Legendborn #1
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. Read More.
My Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Legendborn was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and I’m so happy it didn’t disappoint. If this had been a dud I think I might have cried.
If you haven’t heard about this book it follows a teenage girl called Bree. After the death of her mother she needs to escape her small town and so she enrols in a residential early college programme with her best friend. However on her first night there Bree witnesses a demonic attack and soon she’s enthralled in a secrete society and even taking part in a competition, of sorts, to become apart of their ranks.
Let me tell you, I was in a race against time to finish this book. Working until 1am can be a drag anyways, if I had started my shift with just a couple of chapters left it would have been torture because the last half of this book had me hooked.
What I didn’t know before going into this is that this magic system and society is based on and features Arthurian legend aspects. Despite never having finished the TV series Merlin because I know I’ll cry, I am a sucker for Merlin & Arthur retellings and re-imaginings so this was a very pleasant surprise.
Basically in this novel the old knights of the round table can Call on their future descendants and posses their body. As much as I loved this though I have to admit I was kind of confused. It took me a long while to get my bearings simply because there’s just so many different aspects, and titles and characters that it became overwhelming.
Besides from that though this book was absolutely amazing. I loved the characters, Bree especially was such a compelling main character and the romance was so shippable!! I freaked out over a soft kiss to the knuckles.
I thought this book also did a really good job at having that one dark and broody character who doesn’t trust the main character and can be a bit (ok a lot) of an arsehole but for a good reason! I was so sure I was going to hate Sel at the beginning of the novel but by the end he was one of my favourites.
Another thing is that this book is full of black history and Bree’s experience as a young black girl. At times this was heart-breaking to read about but also so important.
All I have left to say is: I need the sequel asap. I have so many theories going into book 2. Is there going to be a love triangle? I’m getting a vibe. I genuinely don’t hate the idea of it.