2020’s Legendborn is the first volume in Tracy Deonn’s Legendborn Cycle.
Teenager Bree Matthews tells her mother some unsettling news: Bree covertly applied for and won a spot in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Early College Program. Bree’s mother is incensed at hearing this (even though UNC was the mother’s alma mater) and a fierce argument ensues. Mother and daughter never reconcile. Soon after the argument, Bree learns that her mother has died in a hit-and-run auto accident.
Life goes on. Bree arrives at UNC-Chapel Hill.