Nevermoor: the trails of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend


October 2017

$16.99 AU

454p pb

ISBN: 978-0734418074

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, by Jessica Townsend, is a story of a cursed young girl named Morrigan. She is whisked away from her town to a magical city called Nevermoor. From there, her patron enlists her in a prestigious competition where she contends for the membership of the Wundrous Society. During these challenges Morrigan discovers truths about her, finds courage she didn't know she had, and uncovers a special secret.

Nevermoor belongs to the genre magical realism. It is most suitable for the 10- 25 age group, but I believe it would appeal to all ages. Nevermoor contains many themes within the story. It includes hidden talents, family problems, friends and family, courage, and many more.

There were many things that I liked about Nevermoor. I loved the characterisations throughout the story, how the events are connected - though you don't always realise it at the time. I love Morrigan’s story, how she goes through her challenges and life events. I love how the author has included magic and humour - amidst the more serious themes, to balance it out.

This novel is very easy to read. The sentences flow smoothly, and the language allows for no unnecessary confusions. If you enjoyed the magic of Harry Potter, or the love and family themes of Anne of Green Gables, I believe you would enjoy this book.

Kimberley, age 15

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend is about a girl called Morrigan Crow who lives in a world parallel to ours. She is a cursed child and is blamed for everything that goes wrong. She is blamed for her next-door neighbour’s broken bone, for a house fire even though the maid admits that she left the oven on and for a boy’s failing his spelling test because she congratulated him. But the curse also means that on her 12th birthday on eventide she will die. How will Morrigan escape her death and what is the mysterious Mr Jones hiding? Why won’t Jupiter tell her her knack so that she can enter the Wondrous society and why is everyone scared of the Wondersmith?

The book is well written and beautifully imagined and has lots of suspense. I recommend it for anyone 10 years old and up who likes fantasy stories with plenty of action.

Coline, age 11

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