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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow5/5

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend

Review

As a school librarian I am fortunate to read some wonderful children's books, and there are some very special books to be read. And then there are those rare and precious gems; the ones that hold you captive in your bed for most of a Saturday because you can't even contemplate putting them down, and all the while you are adding to your mental list of pupils that you know will be as gripped as you are. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is one such book.

As a Cursed Child born on Eventide, the unluckiest day of the year, Morrigan Crow has always known that she would die on her eleventh birthday. She has spent her entire life being blamed by all and sundry as the cause for just about every disaster and minor mishap in the vicinity. Simmering with resentment, she is forced to spend her days drafting letters of apology, peppered with crossings-out that will have you laughing out loud. Then, when all seems lost, Morrigan is swept away to Nevermoor by Captain Jupiter North where she takes up residence in the Deucalion Hotel. Morrigan is to compete for entry into the revered Wundrous Society and Jupiter is her patron. If she fails, a terrible fate awaits her.

Nevermoor is charming. A whimsically magical place where glass chandeliers grow from the ceiling, an umbrella is a means of rail transport and giant, sarcastic cats work as hotel housekeeping managers. The dashing and somewhat mysterious Jupiter North is a very engaging character. I noted some echoes of Willy Wonka, and yet he is a far more sympathetic character. Morrigan herself, feisty and loyal with an icy sense of humour, makes a tremendous heroine and I fell swiftly under her spell.

I understand that Book 2 is well on the way which is a great relief as I don't know how long I can wait to find out what happens next.

371 pages / Age 9+ / Reviewed by Emily Marcuccilli, School Librarian

Reviewed by: Emily Marcuccilli


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow5/5

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend

Review

When Morrigan Crow is born on Eventide her fate is sealed. Destined to be blamed for the unfortunate events that befall her hometown of Jackalfax she is cursed to die on her twelfth birthday and live the time in-between as an object of curiosity and fear.

When Bid Day - the annual ceremony at which children receive educational offers from patrons - arrives, Morrigan is sure she will just be a spectator but when she garners four bids (to the astonishment of her father, Chancellor of the district, Corvus) an entirely expected journey begins.

Transported to Nevermoor by the enigmatic Captain Jupiter North (via the Sky-faced clock and Jupiter's beloved arachnipod), Morrigan is given a chance to enter the trials for the Wundrous Society and begin an enchanting new life.

Nevermoor is utterly magical. The Hotel Deucalion, where Morrigan lives, is brimful full of wonderful, eccentric and mystifying characters. Overseen by the fantastically pompous house-keeping Magnificat, Fenestra, the hotel buzzes with charm, invention and wonder. Our heroine, Morrigan, although bewildered by her change in circumstance, soon adjusts to her new home and is a lively sparring partner for Jupiter and his nephew, Jack.

The author, Jennifer Townsend builds a highly-detailed, truly magical world and this is a captivating beginning to a new series.

371pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Clare Wilkins, school librarian.

Reviewed by: Clare Wilkins


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow5/5

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend

Review

Morrigan is a Cursed Child, born on Eventide, and destined to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. All her life, she has been blamed for local misfortunes, from heart attacks and broken legs to wild weather and house fires. As her father is an important Government Minister, this is particularly inconvenient.

As strange things begin to happen it seems that Morrigan's fate is about to catch up with her until the arrival of Jupiter North. Chased by smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her to the safety of Nevermoor, a secret city which follows its own rules. There, in a magical hotel, Morrigan learns that Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place at the Wundrous Society, the city's most prestigious organisation. She will have to undertake four difficult and dangerous trials, including a display of her extraordinary talent. The only problem is that Morrigan has no idea what this talent may be; if she fails she will have to leave the city and face her destiny.

Nevermoor is a wonderful, imaginative fantasy adventure with a courageous heroine at its heart. There is humour and friendship woven into the magic to create a story which entrances the reader and draws you into Morrigan's world. I certainly look forward to continuing the acquaintance of all things Wundrous.

384 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Jayne Gould, school librarian.

Reviewed by: Jayne Gould


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow5/5

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend

An adventure about a girl who discovers a new world

Review

I really liked this because it is a fantasy story that's full of adventure and you don't know where it's going so it's always surprising! I especially liked the trials in the story where the children have to discover what skill they have, their 'knack' - one of the children can ride dragons!

Reviewed by: Emily H


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow5/5

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend

It's about a girl who is taken to a different world

Review

I liked this book because it's a mixture of all the things I like in books like fantasy, mystery and magic and adventure. It's a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, you have to find all the missing bits as you read and then it all makes sense at the end.

Reviewed by: Azra M