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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend

12 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.

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.

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

'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 favourite book.' - Trenton Lee Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series and The Secret Keepers

'Queensland author Jessica Townsend's debut is an exciting and charming middle-grade read that will hook readers aged 10 and up with intricate imaginative detail and its sheer energy ... a compulsively readable romp that fans of 'Harry Potter', Terry Pratchett or Studio Ghibli will gobble up.' - Books and Publishing

'Readers, like Morrigan herself, will feel at home in this evocative novel where magic and confidence go hand in hand. An excellent and exciting work.' - School Library Journal

'Readers will feel as though Harry Potter is meeting Alice in Wonderland.' - Kirkus

'Exciting, mysterious, marvellous and magical ... quite simply one of the best children's books I've read in years.' - Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike

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Praise for Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

  • From the first sentence of Chapter One, "The kitchen cat was dead, and Morrigan was to blame", we are draw

  • 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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • Fearsome and funny and original, it's requisite reading for fantasy lovers of all ages.

  • From the first sentence of Chapter One, "The kitchen cat was dead, and Morrigan was to blame", we are drawn helter-skelter into a gripping tale. A cursed child with fearsome trials to undertake and a parade of eccentric characters to meet, Morrigan sweeps us along to Wundrous Nevermoor.

  • With her entry to the bizarrely attractive Hotel Deucalion, Townsend's readers are thrust into the eye of a colourful hurricane. We flirt with death, magic and mayhem as quixotic Jupiter North shepherds his young charge seeking entry to the Wundrous Society through a quality she and the reader are impelled to discover.

  • Fearsome and funny and original, it's requisite reading for

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Reader reviews (2)

  • 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
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Jessica Townsend

JESSICA TOWNSEND lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. She was a copywriter for eight years, and was once the editor of a children's wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is her first novel.