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Tracy Deonn’s ‘Bloodmarked’ is full of Black Girl Magic: Book review

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Briana “Bree” Matthews feels trapped – somehow both powerful and powerless. 

Tracy Deonn’s “Bloodmarked” (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 576 pp., ★★★ out of four) is a sequel to the 2020 young adult novel “Legendborn” and the second installment in her Legendborn Cycle series. 

It’s been one month since the events of “Legendborn,” and Bree is also restless. She wants to learn more about her ancestors and her lineage; she wants to learn how to control her newly released powers; and, most urgently, she wants to find her friend Nick Davis, who is still missing after his father kidnapped him after the battle in the previous book. 

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Bree has entered the Legendborn Order, a secret society descended from King Arthur and his knights with connections to his Round Table and the ability to wield magical powers. The Order, governed by a high council of Regents, has been fighting an ancient war against demons and creatures from the Shadow realm. If you haven’t read “Legendborn,” you’ll want to read that book first to learn more about the characters, the Order and the secret Bree learned about her family. 

"Bloodmarked," by Tracy Deonn, the second book in her Legendborn Cycle series.

Bree also finds herself torn between her feelings for Nick and a deepening relationship with Selwyn Kane, the kingsmage who is sworn to protect Nick but also feels bound to Bree. 

These feelings will have to wait. War is coming. Shadowborn attacks are increasing, but these demons aren’t the only ones who seek Bree and want either to kill or control her. 

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