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.
OH MY GOD THIS SOUNDS SO INCREDIBLE. I love Arthurian legends so much and this brings such a cool and unique angle to the original mythology that as soon as I heard about it, I knew I had to read it.
There have been so many amazing debuts this year and still many more to come, but this is one that I’ve had on my list to watch for. I really enjoy books that put a new spin on old stories and DO YOU SEE THIS COVER? It’s amazing. Also, I noticed that when I looked it up on Goodreads, it’s has LGBT rep in it, which I always appreciate as a resident bisexual disaster. It’s also supposed to be a series so I’m really looking forward to the adventures.
Legendborn comes out on September 15th, 2020 which isn’t too far away! September is usually a big month for releases and my wallet hates me for it. Which ones are you looking forward to the most? I know Cemetery Boys is on my list as well and that seems to be hotly anticipated. It also appears to be a good time for Arthurian legends with The Camelot Rising series releasing books. Do you have a favorite mythology you want to see reinvented or given new treatment? Hit me with it in the comments!