This book will mark your soul.
The Legendborn Cycle
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
November 8, 2022
The powerful sequel to the instant New York Times bestselling and award-winning Legendborn—perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Margaret Rogerson! The shadows have risen, and the line is law. All Bree wanted was to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death. So she infiltrated the Legendborn Order, a secret society descended from King Arthur’s knights—only to discover her own ancestral power. Now, Bree has become someone new: A Medium. A Bloodcrafter. A Scion. But the ancient war between demons and the Order is rising to a deadly peak. And Nick, the Legendborn boy Bree fell in love with, has been kidnapped. Bree wants to fight, but the Regents who rule the Order won’t let her. To them, she is an unknown girl with unheard-of power, and as the living anchor for the spell that preserves the Legendborn cycle, she must be protected. When the Regents reveal they will do whatever it takes to hide the war, Bree and her friends must go on the run to rescue Nick themselves. But enemies are everywhere, Bree’s powers are unpredictable and dangerous, and she can’t escape her growing attraction to Selwyn, the mage sworn to protect Nick until death. If Bree has any hope of saving herself and the people she loves, she must learn to control her powers from the ancestors who wielded them first—without losing herself in the process.
I do not have the right words to express how important this book is for the world.
Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn is so deeply touching, while also being a thrilling journey for lovers of action-packed fantasy. Deonn managed to bring us to a world that mirrors our own but with a bonus layer of how it could be better. I wish I could explain that in detail, but I’m going spoiler-free in this review.
In Bloodmarked, we’re placed back in Bree’s new world filled with magic, war, and bloodline politics from Arthur and his roundtable of knights. Bree has been thrust into the most important role of all the Legendborn. She’s been mistreated, and under trained since the moment she joined them. For every person who wants to help Bree, there are three more people who want to exploit her. Whom she can trust is quickly dwindled down through several unpredictable betrayals.
Bloodmarked will mark you, heart and soul.
I will not spoil this book for anyone, so I will instead discuss how it made me feel.
It is no secret that this series touches on systematic racism. If you read Legendborn, then you already know how discrimination is so deeply woven into Bree’s story. Bree is depicted on the book cover as the strong young woman that she should be recognized as. Yet, of course characters in this book only see her as trouble. She is a wild card that they can’t control. She shouldn’t have been born in their pure bloodlines of the Legendborn. Whelp, talk to your awful ancestors about that!
Aside from writing various frustrating scenarios in which discrimination is holding Bree back in this world, Tracy Deonn also gave us some truly heart-warming, tear-filled moments. I’m talking beautiful scenes filled with so much hope, love, and a feeling of “I wish this could be true”. These scenes had me longing for our world to be filled with such magic. i wish for that type of healing and redemption to be real. It’s no less than anyone in our history of oppression deserves.
Several times I had to highlight a passage, take a deep breath, cry a little, and then return to the book later. If not for the depth of emotions that Deonn managed to make me feel, I would have finished this book much faster. I needed cry breaks, and time to text with Andonnia. I’m so glad this book was a buddy read with her because it definitely requires an emotional-support-reader.
Everyone needs to read this series. If you like a fantasy story with action, intrigue, and a strong female-lead, start with Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. Come talk to me when you finish the series!
Kristin lives in the PNW with her husband, and three kids. She loves to read YA fiction, fantasy, and romance. She’s recently entered the world of “Booktok” on Tiktok, and is having way too much fun following the trends of young folks. The only shows she watches are re-runs, and if she’s not reading a book she’s listening to one.