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Filled with mystery and Southern Black Girl Magic, Tracy Deonn’s New York Times bestselling Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend. This is an explosive fantasy debut that's perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas and Cinderella is Dead!

Some legacies are meant to be broken.

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants to escape. A residential programme for bright high-schoolers seems like the perfect opportunity – until she witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus....

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so-called 'Legendborn' that hunt the creatures down.

A mysterious 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 about her mother. Now Bree will do whatever it takes to discover the truth, even infiltrate the Legendborn. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and foretell a magical war, Bree must decide how far she’ll go for the truth. Should she use her magic to take the society down – or join the fight?

Winner of the Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award.

©2020 Tracy Deonn Walker (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • the author
  • 2021/01/25

Excellent. Must read.

I don’t often review. Overall, an excellent listen. Highly recommended.

The writing and story is excellent. The main character is instantly relatable and you root for her from the get go. The author has a turn of phrase that is impactful (it is a study in great writing) and kept me gripped in the first quarter of the book, then the plot kicks up a gear and keeps you gripped the rest of the way. I was gripped from start to finish and finished it almost in one go.

The book deals with race issues (it’s not the main thing) that ordinarily I would not be interested in, but does so without being heavy-handed or preachy, which won me over.

I don’t know why audible recommends so many bad books to me. This is a hidden gem that I discovered from a booktuber, Merphy Napier. (Check out the international Audible reviews as well.) After all the boring PC crap Audible recommends, you would think this brilliant book from a black author would be a no-brainer.

The book is based on Arthurian legends — this might have put me off. Don’t let that put you off either.

The only drawback is some narration issues. The narrator is overall a good match for the main character’s voice, though her voicing of white characters was spellbreaking for me. I was looking for the distinctive southern gentleman cadence, but didn’t get it. But in no way should this deter you from what is overall a great listen.




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  • Fantasy sci-fi listens
  • 2021/05/21

Unpopular opinion

So this story definitely has so much potential, but firstly the narration... the main character’s voice was great, but the story stated that most of the other characters weren’t her ethnicity yet the narrator made them all sound similar to the main characters accent so didn’t match up with the storyline. Secondly I felt like the main character was whining and not a strong character so inherently I already disliked her personality... I stuck with the story to see if there would be an improvement and there was but not by much aside from the physical powers the personality didn’t develop much. This was recommended to me and I liked the main character being African American but I felt the story kept digressing to her race constantly and I feel some of that was great but too much just distracted from the story I wanted a supernatural story with a kick ass main female protagonist which is t really what I got. Maybe the harsh review is partly because I felt the story just didn’t live up to the hype. I would definitely try future books by this author and narrator just that this one didn’t do it for me.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • R. Mohapi
  • 2021/04/21

Amazing narration and captivating story

Joniece Abbott-Pratt brings an already beautiful story to life. Her style brings depth to each character.

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  • oona
  • 2020/10/18

Read this if you love fantasy

Amazing - the new and improved throne of glass and shadowhunters!!!!!! Read this it is fantastic

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • friendorfoley
  • 2021/01/19

Great find!

I never expected the storyline to go where it did, can't wait for the next!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • 匿名
  • 2020/11/07

Brilliant!

Brest book I’ve listened to! Couldn’t stop listening to it so I definitely recommend to buy!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michelle Tempest
  • 2021/06/19

Modern, magical twist on a generations old story!

TW: racism, sexism, rape, child abuse, slavery. This incredible debut left me speechless and has now taken a spot in my top 3 favourite fantasy books/series. It's based on the story of King Arthur but Tracy Deonn puts a mind blowing modern, magical twist on the generations old story while intertwining a diverse character line up as well as making it historically and racially educational. Bree Matthews is a 16 year old black girl in Carolina who tragically lost her mother in a car accident and as she battles with her grief she convinces her Dad to let her leave for a residential programme at the University of North Carolina. However on their first night they witness something that unlocks a repressed memory in Bree's mind of the night her mother died which leads her on a quest to discover the truth about what really happened. I could rave about this book ALL day but it's so hard not to give spoilers! I genuinely loved every second and every character, it's such a page turner, it's filled with twists and turns and it has such an amazing ending that will lead on to the future book(s). My favourite part is definitely the incredible representation! Out of the main characters, Bree gives us Black own voices rep, Sel gives us bisexual bad boy rep and Alice gives us Taiwanese-American lesbian rep. And within the side characters there is even more LGBTQ+ rep as well as a non-binary character who uses they/them pronouns. Also, race, both now and historically, is discussed educationally as well as emotionally due to the own voice perspective and it is so powerful, especially the topic of slavery. It is all just written so perfectly. Overall (and without running out of word space), I think everyone should read this book. Honestly just go buy it. You won't regret it 🙈 P.S. Read the author notes!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lewlew M
  • 2020/12/19

Good plot twist.

Engaging throughout. Looking forward to part 2 and where the story leads. This felt like just a taster.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Mensch
  • 2021/09/17

Looking forward to the next installment

Enjoyed but hadn't realised it wasn't standalone. Now eagerly awaiting the next installment. Good tale..

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ellie
  • 2021/09/01

Really good story

The story was excellent and draws you in, you want to know more! The characters are somewhat well developed, I loved Bree and Sel!
Bree is such a strong character, I love how resilient she is.

I didn't enjoy the massive info dumps, it was too much!
And the pronunciation of all the Welsh made me cringe so bad, I am Welsh.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • wolverines
  • 2021/07/31

The Legend continues...

I enjoyed this book a lot, at times a little sappy and the inner monologues got a little repetitive. but overall a great story, fresh take on the legend of Arthur.
I'm looking forward to the next book.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Peter D. Dennis
  • 2021/07/19

really enjoyed :-)

brilliant :-) loved it :-D hope there's going to be more had :-D x x x

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Neurodiverse queer survior
  • 2021/07/11

Best and better

Absolutely loved this intersectional tale, like many other with twists and turns that keep it from being too predictable. Fun stuff!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Lana @ Lore & Lullabies
  • 2021/04/30

Remarkable story and fitting narrator

Tracey Deon has woven a fantastical reimagining/ continuation of Authorian legend. I listened to this audio every chance I got. the story was so good. the mystery aspect was amazing. Revealing enough for you to try and piece together but confirmed lies throughout to make it so you were always just one step behind.

The narration of Joniece was perfect for the story, character and setting. Thoroughly enjoyed their southern twang and added a genuineness that I've noticed lacking in other audiobooks. I listened in 1.75x speed and it didn't detract from the story or diction of the narrative.

Highly recommend this book and audio

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021/04/26

5 stars

A wonderfully done exploration of grief and identity to the backdrop of an inventive Arthurian magic system. Like, Bree was amazing: stubborn, cunning, and deeply empathetic. I love her so much. I love this book so much! Everyone, go read this!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2021/04/09

Excellent story!

I really enjoyed the creation of this novel. It was surprising, creative and descriptive of magical world beyond imagination! I loved the inclusively of the characters and relationships. All in all, a fantastic read. I can't wait for a second book!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2021/01/01

Flipping amazing

THAT ENDING WAS INCREDIBLE I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK... if you love a strong lead that goes through wonderful meaningful character development, a cast of complex characters, excellent world building and MAGIC, this is for you.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2020/12/22

wouldn't put it down

love it so much its 5am right now cause I had to finish but but heads up there is (hopefully) more to come and waiting for the next book is gonna kill me

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2020/11/26

Incredible!

This book is like nothing I’ve ever read before. Gripping until the last second it is definitely worth a read.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/11/25

Legendborn By Tracy Deonn

king Arthur, knights of the round table.
Root craft and a family secret.

Magical and suspenseful, captivating and historical.

Legendborn is a rollercoaster for the first chapter.
You are catapulted into a magical world where people are descendants of the knights of Camelot and they have abilities granted by there spirits and they are all waiting for their king to rise.
This book is a beautifully written story about what the world would be like if it had magic and it's relevant today with it's prejudices against black people and their story and there beginnings and what they suffered and what they must still overcome.
This story will make you look at what needs to change in our world and what we all must do to help change it.

I loved this book, it's story, the characters, I loved the gender bent retelling and it's epic fight scenes.

Highly recommended, it's one of the best books of the year.

RA

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2020/11/21

World-changing

This story is captivating, drawing you in and holding you close, and Abbott-Pratt is a phenomenal voice actor.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Aishah
  • 2020/10/01

Something New Something old= Good Story

It's a must read for YA lovers. Magic + Teenagers + Black and White history, takes the readers on a journey. I enjoyed the journey on some parts and got a bit board on others. Dont take me wrong its a good story, really good full of new magic system with old magic system. I just got lost in the world builiding and too many charaters introduce at once. Where i lost track to who is who and could care less as to what happened to them. However the 3 main charaters are great. I love Bree. She is strong, loves her roots and does not hestate to speak her mind. Give it a go.