After her mother died in an accident, 16-year-old Bree Matthews really wants to start a new life and leave it all behind; in fact, she enthusiastically takes the opportunity to start studying in the promising high school program organized by the University of North Carolina, accompanied by her best friends but always marked by a past of isolation and bullying because of the black color of her skin. During the first party on campus, however, she notices some mysterious supernatural presences that try to feed on the students’ energy, sowing terror and confusion. A young man with a charming yet gloomy appearance, named Selwyn Kane, intervenes to erase the memories of those present with a spell so that they totally forget everything but Bree realizes that she is completely immune from this type of magic. The scuffles born on the night of the party lead Bree to be scolded by the professors, who entrust her to a tutor, Nick Davis, who will be her shadow of her and will try to make her go straight. Nick is a talkative and funny boy but, caught in chestnut while he is killing a monster, he confesses to Bree the existence of the secret society of the Legendaries, that is a dynasty of men that descends directly from that of the Knights of the Round Table and who must protect the world from monsters and cruel forces who want to destroy it. Specifically, a real war for Good is about to break out, as the spirits of the knights of Arthur are awakening and, at the exact moment the first knight awakens, the war will begin – bloody and lethal. .
Legendborn is a great publishing success, now in publication in nine countries and with a TV series in production: it is the first volume of a saga that will keep many readers glued to the pages, discovering the exploits and the future of Bree, the girl from the dark skin that against any prejudice or racism will save the world. Tracy Deonn, in fact, not by chance chose a young black woman as the protagonist: not only, therefore, because she represents herself as black but also because she wanted to tell the story of a rematch. And, at least up to now, the goal has been absolutely achieved. For once, moreover, we are not talking about vampires, witches or werewolves but we go to fish out the fantasy elements from one of the most fascinating legends of all time, that is the Arcturian Cycle, the story to understand us of King Arthur and Merlin and this choice appears as a winner right from the start as it demonstrates a great originality and a willingness to take risks on the part of the author. We add to this courage also a very intricate plot that has no flaws: the story is difficult but plausible, the plot perfectly wedged between a thousand intrigues and twists and this is what really characterizes the novel: the ability to keep the reader, a reader, of course, who was able to suspend his disbelief. The style is refined and simple, perfect for a real page-turner: the chapters scroll one after the other and the fingers turn the pages to savor new events, new twists, new knowledge of this world parallel to that of us. “Ephemeral” (as normal people are called in the novel). If you love fantasy sagas that end individual chapters with very strong cliffhangers and if you are passionate about the Arthurian cycle, Legendborn it is absolutely unmissable.