By Tracey Deon
- YA Arthurian Fantasy
- Book One in The Legendborn Cycle
- Page Count: 490
- Themes: College Campus, Secret Soeciety, King Arthur Retelling, Blood Magic
This book follows a young black girl who has just lost her mother in a car accident. She is beginning an advanced high school student program at the university when she witnesses a magical attack on a creature. As she investigates, she learns that there was a magician present the night of her mother’s death, leading her to believe that there was something awry with her mother’s death and that there is something else happening on her campus.
This book was a breath of fresh air. I think what I enjoyed the most was the Arthurian legend lore. It was retold in a modern secret society setting on the campus and it was very inventive.
The other a amazing thing about this book was the perspective of the main characters as a black girl in the south. It’s not something I come across very often and immensely enjoyed the experience of stepping into her mind. Also, the romance was innocent and I felt the angst between them.
I did find the first 50 pages slow, however the plot twists throughout the entire story were well worth it. I could tell where it was headed but I couldn’t figure out how it all fit together until the very end.
I’m so glad this is a series because I feel like there is so much to be done with this world and the characters. It left my wondering a few things and I love when a book can stick with me in that way.
Recommended for anyone who is looking for some new in YA fantasy, that isn’t your typical magic system. If you enjoy Arthurian fantasy, college aged characters, and a splash of hunger games, read this book!