Title: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Author: Jessica Townsend
Audience: Middle Grade
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.
But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.
I have heard so many people raving about Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend, so I thought it was finally my turn to give it a go, and how glad am I that I finally did. I absolutely adored Nevermoor and can’t believe that it has taken me this long to get to it; I can’t wait to dive straight into the sequel.
I loved Morrigan as our main character; she was just brilliant and hit the tone of the book so perfectly. She has so many traits that I love, and she was constantly making me laugh. After having no parental love, the relationship that she has with Jupiter North is brilliant, and I can’t wait to see how it is going to develop across the rest of the series. When it comes to Jupiter North, the only way I can think to describe him is a cross between Willy Wonka and a mad scientist, but I loved it. He has quite a few secrets, and I can’t wait to find out the answers. The rest of the cast of Nevermoor were just as good, especially Fenestra, and I hope we get to find out even more of them, especially how they all came to live in the Hotel Deucalion.
Jessica Townsend’s worldbuilding in Nevermoor is simply incredible. The way that she describes Nevermoor makes you believe you are really there and are experiencing everything that Morrigan is. I would love for Nevermoor to become a TV or Movie just to experience the magic on screen as it definitely deserves it. I also liked Jessica Townsend’s writing style, as while it did have small sections of info-dumping, they all occurred in conversations, so it just blended in with the rest of the story.
The only tiny issue that I had was I would have loved the chapters to have been a little bit smaller. Some of them went on for quite a while, so I would have loved them to have been split up a little bit more, especially so the target audience didn’t lose interest. Along the same lines, there were a couple of strange chapter breaks that felt as if they ended in the middle of a scene, but they didn’t really detract from my reading experience, but they may for someone of a younger age range as it could get confusing.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel Wundersmith as I am sure that I will love it just as much as Nevermoor. I highly recommend that anyone picks up the Morrigan Crow series no matter their age, as I am 99% sure that anyone who reads it will adore it.