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Legendborn

(2020)
(The first book in the Legendborn series)
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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. An explosive fantasy debut that's perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas and Cinderella is Dead!

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 programme 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.

Praise for Legendborn:
“A King Arthur reimagining that adds seats to the roundtable, inviting new readers to find themselves within its lore, Tracy Deonn’s Legendborn braids southern folk traditions and Black Girl Magic into a searing modern tale of grief, power and self-discovery.” Dhonielle Clayton
 
Legendborn is an enthralling, standout modern fantasy about history and power, and Deonn is an author to watch.” Kiersten White
 
“Legendborn is intoxicating, electrifying, and resonates with a deep understanding and vulnerable adoration of what it is to be a Black girl searching for the magic of herself.” L. L. McKinney

“It takes a special talent to breathe fresh life into Arthurian legend, but Deonn does it with ease in this fast-paced tale” – i News?

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"A King Arthur reimagining that adds seats to the roundtable, inviting new readers to find themselves within its lore, Tracy Deonn’s Legendborn braids southern folk traditions and Black Girl Magic into a searing modern tale of grief, power and self-discovery." - Dhonielle Clayton

"Legendborn is a remarkable debut that should firmly place Tracy Deonn on every fantasy and contemporary YA reader's radar. Deft and insightful blending of Arthurian legend and Southern Black American history make for an engrossing tale of mystery, romance, and finding your place in the world?—an absolute must-read!" - Alyssa Cole

"Legendborn is intoxicating, electrifying, and resonates with a deep understanding and vulnerable adoration of what it is to be a Black girl searching for the magic of herself. Tracy Deonn captivates you from page one with her perfect pacing, exhilarating plotting, and a command of storytelling that cannot be ignored. This book will hold everything you are hostage until, page by page, you discover how it has actually set you free." - L L McKinney

"Legendborn is a thrilling and tense fantasy that weaves Arthurian adventure with southern Black culture into a story that had me shouting. It will hook readers from the very beginning and leave them breathless until the final, mind-blowing revelation." - Kwame Mbalia

"Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Kiersten White, Tracy Deonn's unique reimagining of Arthurian legend is full of magic and heart. A brilliant debut!" - Ashley Poston

"Legendborn is an enthralling, standout modern fantasy about history and power, and Deonn is an author to watch." - Kiersten White


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Hardback Editions

September 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Legendborn
Author(s): Tracy Deonn
ISBN: 1-5344-4160-3 / 978-1-5344-4160-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

September 2020 : Paperback
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Title: Legendborn
Author(s): Tracy Deonn
ISBN: 1-398-50187-5 / 978-1-398-50187-4
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Legendborn
Author(s): Tracy Deonn
ISBN: 1-79711-348-8 / 978-1-79711-348-7
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


September 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Legendborn
Author(s): Tracy Deonn
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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September 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Legendborn
Author(s): Tracy Deonn
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK
Availability: Amazon   


September 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Legendborn
Author(s): Tracy Deonn
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Legendborn
Author(s): Tracy Deonn
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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September 2020 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Legendborn
Author(s): Tracy Deonn
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK
Availability: Amazon UK