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Legendborn
Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonns 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 previous life, family memories, or her childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at a local university seems like the perfect escapeuntil 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 teenage mage who calls himself a Merlin and who attemptsand failsto wipe Brees memory of everything she saw. The mages failure reveals Brees own, unique magic and unlocks a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that she knows theres more to her mothers death than whats on the police report, Bree will do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn by becoming one of their initiates. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur and his knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far shell go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society downor join the fight.
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PageShifter
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I loved characters and I really could relate to them. I felt for them.

This was magical and mysterious, I really loved the atmosphere with dark tunnels and woods.

This was long book, there is no denying it, but there happened something all the time and that kept reading interesting.

#SeriesRead2022

TheSpineView Sounds good!📚📚📚 1d
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coffees
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Reread this one and it's still just as amazing as before!! I think Tracy does such an amazing job at creating characters that are both flawed and in pain, and loveable. Bree is such an amazing character and her growth is 💯. Likewise, the world and #magic building is so well thought out. EVERYTHING counts for something and I was always engaged. Also, Sel 💕💕 #arthurian #fantasy #family

Liatrek Love Sel ❤️❤️ This book has so many great characters! 5d
coffees @Liatrek yes!! 4d
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MsRadioSilence
Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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My #November reading! It was a busy month, but I‘m proud of how many books I got through. Reviews are forthcoming, but I‘m a bit behind on my website. 😅

#novemberwrapup

Liatrek Loved the Cruel Prince series soo good and Legendborn🙂 6d
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ReadingOver50
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This is an interesting fantasy, and I loved the magical world building around the King Arthur legend. There is a side romance between Bree and Nick. Luckily they don't proceed to a sexual romance, because Bree is far too young for that. A larger focus is Bree discovering her place in the world, and exploring her grief over her mother's recent death. This book also had a fair amount of action, especially at the end. 3.5 stars

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TracyReadsBooks
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Every bit as good the second time as it was the first and now I‘m even more excited to read the sequel. I also really enjoyed the short story from Selwyn‘s POV. This is a really, really smart YA urban fantasy and its mix of Arthurian legend, Black Girl Magic and southern Black culture is not only an adrenaline rush but also a really thoughtful exploration of grief, loss, power, identity and more. Can‘t wait to see what happens next!

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TracyReadsBooks
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Sequel is out on Tuesday which means a reread of the tagged book is in order… I really enjoyed this book the first time I read it and I‘m definitely excited to see where Deonn takes the story in the second book.

Liatrek That‘s my plan too! I can‘t wait to read the next one 🙂 1mo
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snapsnarlgrowl
Legendborn | Tracy Deonn

Treating myself to a reread before Bloodmarked releases next week!

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kissmehardy
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Ye GODS I love this novel. The Arthuriana! The literal Black Girl Magic! The PLOT TWIST AT THE END! I need Bloodmarked like I need air. #reread #yafantasy

CBee I agree! Loved this and can‘t wait for the next! 1mo
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Nebklvr
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So pissed. There were so many different relationships to and different rules surrounding magic. The protagonist is in an Academically rigorous program but rarely mentions going to class or studying. Of course there was no ending because why settle one storyline before starting another? That said, the author made me interested in a type of fantasy I usually avoid like the plague.

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jackilynn
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Why did it take me so long to read this?!! I could not put it down & that ending!!! I need book 2 ASAP!!

Liatrek Love this book so much❤️ 6mo
jackilynn @Liatrek I picked it for my Teen Book Club at work. I am kind of bummed no teens actually signed up for it though because it was a fantastic read. On the plus side I got 3 of my other librarian coworkers to read it so that has to count for something right lol 6mo
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jackilynn
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I guess I should actually start my book club pick even though I am sure it is going to be another meeting of just me.. We meet 1 week from today & nobody has shown any interest. We are really struggling tryin to get the local Teens involved at the library.

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BehindthePages
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"Love is a powerful thing, more powerful than blood, although both run through us like a river." From Legendborn by Tracy Deonn.

I cannot wait for the sequel to Legendborn.

#quote #quotestagram #fantasy #behindthepages #lovequotes #bookquotes

Liatrek Me too! Loved this book so much❤️❤️ 6mo
BehindthePages @Liatrek I'm normally a no go for King Arthur legends but this one surprised me with how good it was. 6mo
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BehindthePages
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A wide variety of relationships are displayed throughout this story; familial, friendship, and community alike. When Bree is among the Legendborn community, there are many displays of racism, microaggression, and unconscious bias toward Bree. Tracy Deonn has woven these eye-opening experiences so well into the story, and it is heartbreaking to see them happen.
Review https://www.behindthepages.org/post/legendborn-by-tracy-deonn-book-review

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BehindthePages
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Such a powerful book. ❤

#quote #bookquote

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CBee
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Wow. This was an incredible retelling of the King Arthur legend. It started a bit slow for me, but then I couldn‘t stop reading. All the history, the pain, the magic….. SO good. This was my #bookspin (2 spots!). ♥️ And, I‘m going to count it as #darkacademia for #booked2022 😊
@TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I‘m actually intrigued…..thanks for posting & sharing 😍 8mo
Pogue I read this in one day. I could not put it down. 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 8mo
CBee @Cinfhen 😊 8mo
CBee @Pogue I can understand that! And there‘s a sequel coming out in November 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
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Tywash
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CANNOT STAHP READING. I‘m already dreading this one being over.

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Branwen
Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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The 2022 Rainbow Book List compiles some of the best LGBTQ+ titles published in the USA and Canada between 2020 and 2021! 🏳️‍🌈 This year‘s committee evaluated close to 450 eligible titles! WOW! 😲

Here are the top ten that were chosen! See any of your favorites on this list? I absolutely LOVE Ace of Spades, Legendborn, and This Poison Heart! 💙📖💙

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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BookBr
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Okay, I know, I like most things I read, but this…this is something special. Just a *searing* story of magic and tradition, friendship and betrayal, love and loss and the indelible impact both can have on our lives. Told through a lens of African traditions and Arthurian folklore, as well as slavery in the American south and its long-reaching ramifications. If you‘d asked me if that would work, I‘d have doubts, but IT DOES. A true must-read.

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KelsiTaylor
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Bree witnesses a demon attack her first night on campus and unlocks a hidden memory. She‘s seen magic before; the night her mom died and someone stole the memories of what happened from her. She‘ll do whatever it takes to find out what really happened to her mom and what connection she has to magic, including infiltrate The Knights of the Round Table and take them down from the inside. She might even convince King Arthur‘s descendent to help her.

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Clare-Dragonfly
Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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Well, I didn‘t finish either of the books that I hoped would get me a second #bookspinbingo 😆 But hey, one bingo is still good and I‘m really pleased with my reading this month! I LOVED my #bookspin; didn‘t get to my #doublespin because it didn‘t come in at the library until… today, actually, so I should get to it soon!

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abookishbutterfly
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“Some truths only tragedy can teach.”

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GirlNamedJesse
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I haven‘t fallen like this for a book in a while! I switched repeatedly between print book, ebook, and audiobook so I didn‘t have to stop reading no matter what else I was doing. I did not see where this was going, and I love that I was surprised! Mostly, I am gleeful at learning how maternal ancestors are incorporated in this magical world. I will be obsessively checking for an arc of book two until I find it or it‘s published. ⚔️

Bkwrm7 I just finished this one yesterday and loved it too! I feel like I should have seen the last twist coming, but sure didn't. I'm also eagerly awaiting book 2. :) 11mo
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GirlNamedJesse
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Finally figured out how to make a pretty #BookSpinBingo board on Canva. 🙌 Started listening to tagged book this morning. You know it‘s a #chunkster when 45 minutes of listening gets you 4% through the book. 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Wow! What a fantastic start to my reading year! 🙌🏻 I loved every bit of this book. It has all the YA tropes in all the right places to make it feel comfortable and familiar, but it goes out and deep in all new ways. I loved the fancy European high magic, the use of Arthurian legend, the dark academia setting, and the way Deonn did not shy from confronting all that colonizer history. Plus the inclusion of African syncretic magical traditions!

Clare-Dragonfly First book for #newyearwhodis – thanks @HOTPock3tt and @monalyisha ! And it‘s my #bookspin as well! 11mo
monalyisha Oooo may have to add this one to my list, too! Thanks @HOTPock3tt & @Clare-Dragonfly! 11mo
shanaqui Good to hear this one knocked your socks off! I've been meaning to read it for sooo long now. 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly @shanaqui If it helps, this also has an important secondary character who is non-binary! Plus, Cymraeg! 11mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I LOVE that this world has not only the Basic Important European Ceremonial Magick, but also acknowledges that other cultures have their own magical traditions!

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Pogue
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I started this book yesterday at 9:00pm and finished it this morning at 4:00am. I have not read a book overnight in a long time. This one was amazing.

LiteraryinLawrence I rarely do it but it‘s such a great feeling when you just can‘t put a book down and have to finish it! 11mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Yay! I am in the middle of a couple of other books but I think I‘ll be focusing on this #NewYearsWhoDis pick for this New Year‘s Day 😁

monalyisha Hooray! Happy New Year! And happy first day of #NYWD22! ✨🎉📚 11mo
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DarkMina
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HollyBolly
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#12booksof2021 #June

Excellent! Lots of LGBTQIA+ rep, which I enjoyed.

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AkashaVampie
Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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This is going to be a weird question since I am the one that came up with the prompts... haha

But do u guys think this would work for #BookedByHoliday for January's prompt, New Years?

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Lunarstar27
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One of the best books I read this year!

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SW-T
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I loved this one! Pages, Squires, Vassels, Rootcraft, Bloodcraft, mediums, legacy, belonging, grief and love. Bree learned to find herself and grow in a place that as she said, was built by people who looked like her, but was never for them or her. The Order is a microcosm of the world at large and Bree has decided to step up and claim her place in it. Chunkster, but every page a gem. Ready for book two!

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AkashaVampie
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Breakfast n a book! Good Morning Littens. 🤗😘🤗😘🤗😘🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧

@ElizaMarie @AsYouWish @jb72

Jobridge Love that mug!!! Epic 🐙 1y
ElizaMarie That mug is so fun! 1y
ElizaMarie That mug is so fun! 1y
AkashaVampie @Jobridge @ElizaMarie it is a good mug... one of my smaller ones, but still good. 1y
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AkashaVampie
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Couldn't pass this one up. He's one cool ass dude!!!

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AkashaVampie
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I look gorgeous!!! Haha. Now its time to chill out and jump into a new book..... Legendborn. I heard it's a good book. 🤞🤞🤞

Cortg Your eyes and shirt match exact! 😀 1y
AkashaVampie @Cortg it's funny u say that... my eyes are blue and my shirt is greenish. I love how cameras mess things up. 1y
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Reign_5.0 Your eyes are gorgeous 1y
AkashaVampie @Reign_1982 thanks sweetie. 1y
Reign_5.0 @AkashaVampie you're welcome 1y
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AkashaVampie
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Next up is.... Legendborn!!! Really loving Scribd!

♥️💙🧡🤍🖤🤎💜💗💚

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DarkMina
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135 of 2021. This book was so good! It had Arthurian and African legends mixed in with magic and plenty of adventure. I am looking forward to the next book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#fantasy #stackingtheseries #seriesread2021

TheSpineView Great job! 🤩📖📚 1y
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Skyrimir
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Of course I would get over my reading slump as soon as the school year starts. Finished 3 books in a little over a week after struggling to finish pretty much any books. This one was so good. I‘m anxiously awaiting book 2!

wanderinglynn This one is on my TBR. I‘ve heard good things about it. 1y
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Mshookquilts
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Wow, oh wow! Couldn‘t put this down and between this and the Caravel series my daughters may have converted me to Fantasy Fiction. A mix of Arthurian offshoot legends with African legends. Fast paced adventure and mystery that keeps you wanting more.

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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 226.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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BekahB
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I‘m late to this book, but wow, it was fantastic! I tend to turn away from contemporary fantasy and Arthurian fantasy - well, this is both of those things. The high reviews for this book convinced me to give it a chance. I read the first half and listened to the second half. I‘m really happy I decided to pick it up because this book is amazing and I‘m excited for the sequel! The narrator did a wonderful job. I hope she narrates the next book.

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Eggbeater
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Highly recommend if you like fantasy. This is the perfect blend of retelling of the Arthurian legend with new ideas. This book deals with grief, trauma, institutionalized racism, as well as flying demon 👿 imps. The world building is impressive and the pacing is nice and steady, especially for a longer book. There are also really good twists at the end.

Eggbeater Also, Bree, Nick, and Sel should become a throuple. That would solve that easy. 1y
HOTPock3tt I LOVED this book!! 1y
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kimmypete1
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Full disclosure: I am not big on fantasy. Read this for book club.

Legendborn is NOT bad, there is a lot to like, but it was too long for me, with too many things going on for me to keep track of. I did listen to the audio, but historically I do better with fantasy on audio than print.

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YAAASSSSSSS GIRL.