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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow: Nevermoor 1

Jessica Townsend

10 Reviews

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Interest age: from c 8 years, Fiction, Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut Australian author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

Winner of the Dymocks and QDB Children's Book of the Year 2018 and a New York Times bestseller, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is the first in an enchanting series for fans of Harry Potter and Neil Gaiman

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is 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 Eventide.

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 there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: 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. Except for Morrigan, who doesn't seem to have any special talent at all.

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.

Winner Dymocks Book of the Year 2018
Winner QDB Children's Book of the Year 2018
Winner Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards 2018
Winner Book of the Year for Younger Children, Australian Book Industry
Awards 2018
Winner The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, Australian
Book Industry Awards 2018
Winner Book of the Year, Indie Book Awards 2018
Winner Children's Category, Indie Book Awards 2018
Winner Nielsen Booksellers' Choice Award, Australian Booksellers Association Awards 2018
Winner Best Children's Fiction, Aurealis Awards 2017
Winner Younger Fiction, Waterstones Children's Book Prize (UK) 2018
Shortlisted The Readings Children's Book Prize 2018
A CBCA Notable book
Voted #1 in the Dymocks Kids' Top 51


Praise for Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow:
'Unexpected, exciting and funny. Like Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and Doctor Who swirled up together.' - Judith Rossell, ABIA Award-winning author of Withering-by-Sea

'Exciting, charming, and wonderfully imagined, it's the sort of delightful, grand adventure destined to be many a reader's favourite book.' - Trenton Lee Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series and The Secret Keepers

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  • Fearsome and funny and original, it's requisite reading for fantasy lovers of all ages. - Libby Hathorn, CBCA Award-winning author of Thunderwith

  • An extraordinary story full of magics great and small, from the Hotel Deucalion to the Magnificat... Townsend has created a book of wunders. In Morrigan Crow I've found a heroine I'm willing to step boldly after, and follow her wherever her adventure takes her next. - Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars

  • Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is more than just a spectacular debut. Exciting, charming, and wonderfully imagined, it's the sort of delightful grand adventure destined to be many a reader's favorite book. - Trenton Lee Stewart, author of The Mysterious Benedict Society

  • ...a compulsively readable romp that fans of 'Harry Potter', Terry Pratchett or Studio Ghibli will gobble up. - Books + Publishing

  • Nevermoor is brimming over with imagination and fun. Morrigan is a wonderful heroine - dark, moody, and wry - and the unfairness of her situation makes her very easy to empathise with. The story gallops along, and the setting is wonderfully vivid ... A wonderfully assured debut from a young Australian author, Nevermoor sparkles with zest, wit and inventiveness. - Kate Forsyth, author of The Impossible Quest series

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Reader reviews (5)

  • Wondrous! This book is so much fun. So well written, fun, magical and more than hilarious in many parts. The author kept this 33yo enthralled and smiling throughout. The twists are amazing and I can't wait for the next installment.

    Kirkosaurus Kirkosaurus

    Rated 5
  • Step Boldly!   Morrigan Crows story is one of nail biting magical moments, startling creatures, adventures and marvellous mysteries. You hear a number of comparisons between Nevermoor and Harry Potter. However this just only made me even more excited to read it and made me love it even more. Beside the few similarities to Harry's story, Morrigan's stands firmly on its own two separate feet.   Leaving her own world behind Morrigan crosses into Nevermoor a strangely beautiful world, staying with her new mentor in a magical hotel. This Hotel was one of my favourite things in the book. The whole place has a mind of its own, and changes depending on when it feels like it, this just enchanted me. As the book continues every little bit about the hotel was so enriching that I cannot wait for the next few books to find out even more about it.   Another wonderful fact that I love about this book is that it has a giant talking cat! Enough said. Morrigan’s story while still a long way from being finished (8 more books to come.) is heart warming and encourages you to keep cheering for Morrigan to succeed in the face of great struggles. This I believe will be another story that stands the test of time joining the ranks of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson in becoming one of the bestselling children’s series for 8+.   XOXO Rhiannon.

    Rhiannon Willersdorf

    Rated 5
  • I love Jessica Townsend's new book! I am a huge fan of her new book and it obviously isn't surprising because I love Harry Potter as well. But anyone who likes any type of mystery books or adventure books should DEFINITELY read this. I got sucked into this after the very first page! That's what a good book should be!

    Rated 5
  • Best book ever! I’m hanging for the next “wundrous” book to come out! I love how the author has made you intrigued from the very start. I think it is even better than Harry Potter! I love all the unexpected plots and twists. I spent all day every day reading it for a whole week!!! Madikatt :)

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  • Wunderful, creative, immersive and capturing. Nevermoor creates a universe reminding me of Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and even the Hunger Games. This book quite literally had be attached and making noises in reaction to the plot! I had initially bought this for children I look after but it has definitely become a personal favourite. I cannot wait for a second book!

    Joel Appleyard

    Rated 5
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Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Her pet fascinations include public transport, ancient cities, hotels, opera singers, Halloween, secret societies and gigantic cats - all of which have weaselled their way into Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, her award-winning first novel released in 2017. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow, the second book in this record-breaking series, was released in 2018.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow was the biggest-selling Australian children's debut since records began. It has won the 2018 ABIA for Book of the Year, Book of the Year for Younger Readers and Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year; the 2018 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year and Children's Category; the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Children's Fiction; the 2018 Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Younger Fiction and was named a CBCA notable book.

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