We are so excited and honored to announce that we will be hosting a tour for Legendborn by Tracy Deonn!! Yes, you read that right. This one is Leelynn’s book, read here why she wanted to host the tour down below:
Seeing beautiful Black young women in fantasy novels is a privilege that I didn’t get to experience growing up. All I wanted was to see myself as a protagonist in the many fantasy novels that I read, and now I’m able to have that chance with Legendborn. From how big and curly Bree’s natural hair is to her determination to find out what happened the night her mother died and fight for what she truly believes in. Bree showcases the strength in young Black women that I admired growing up, that I strive to be one day, and that I know other young Black women like me want to continue to be.
We are looking for #OwnVoices readers that identify as Black American. If that’s you, be sure to fill out the form here. If you know someone that identifies as Black American, pass along this information to them so they can see if they are interested. Remember, we have 30 spots open for all tours, and our goal is to have the full tour consist of #OwnVoices reviewers.
Tracy Deonn is a writer and second-generation fangirl. She grew up in central North Carolina, where she devoured fantasy books and Southern food in equal measure. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication and performance studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tracy worked in live theater, video game production, and K–12 education. When she’s not writing, Tracy speaks on panels at science fiction and fantasy conventions, reads fanfic, arranges puppy playdates, and keeps an eye out for ginger-flavored everything.
Tracy is a champion for diversity and representation in science-fiction and fantasy literature and media. And when Tracy’s mother told her that the women in their family were Black Bene Gesserits, she believed her.
by Tracy Deonn
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 15th, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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.
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.