Review: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend

The Trails of Morrigan Crow

Series : Nevermoor

Publisher : Lothian Children’s Books

Source : Publisher

Release Date : October 10th 2017 


The book tells the story of Morrigan Crow, a girl born on Eventide, who’s fated to die at midnight on her ninth birthday. She is spared when rescued by a mysterious stranger ,and after they are chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, they escape to a secret city called Nevermoor. Morrigan’s rescuer, Jupiter, owns the eccentric Hotel Deucalion and has chosen Morrigan to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious society. The young girl must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent.

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Nevermoor: The Trial of Morrigan Crow  Is a cute MG fantasy tale that thrives on nonsense like the classic  tale Alice in Wonderland.  The debut from Aussie author  Jessica Townsward, this is truly worth the read if you love zany magical tales that  keeps on giving and provides hours  of entertainment . As someone who doesn’t  delve into MG much, this has to be one of my favourite debuts I have read this year.  Despite my initial misgivings about this book, and it  slowly  grew on me and found myself totally in love with the characters and the world by the end.


I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book  to read as the blurb at many things but gave hardly any clues away about this adventure . As this book  has been touted  by the publisher as amazing and honestly I have been burnt too many times to believe those promises so I was cautious of those praises.  As Morrigan didn’t seem a bad sort of character. In fact I felt sorry for her when I dove into the book and met her.

Morrigan is a typical curious eleven year old who  hasn’t lost the childlike  inquisitive nature    . As a daughter of a  chancellor  she should be having plenty of exciting opportunities. Unfortunately  for her she doesn’t have a great life. She  is the reason for all he misfortunes of Jackalflax  and everyone knows she is cursed.

So poor Morrigan is only tolerated by her family as to add all this she is condemned to die  before Evertide. The start of new era for the realm and everyone is basically looking forward to that. As they see her as problem and not as  a young woman who has more to offer then what she painted as.

Luckily for her the tide changes for her when Jupiter North enters the picture. Jupiter who brings brightness to this dreary start and offers hopes to Morrigan. He gives her an alternative to change her life for the better and quickly whisks her away to Nevermoor by offering an invitation to the Wundrous Society

Nevermoor where do I began, there is so much unexplored in this first book. But what we do get to see is a treat.  Jupiter is quite a character in his own right. He belongs to society that he promises to get Morrigan into .  He is  quite a beloved member of the society and citizen and I loved hearing how he was called upon  to help with city business .  He also  owns a hotel which becomes the base for most of the novel.

This is where we get  to see Morrigan’s life truly begin  as she finds her place in the world. We see how much truly wants to belong and how Jupiter taking a chance on her  and allowing the hotel staff to become her family. The moment I meet one of the staff, I knew that I was going to love this setting as it  just drew everyone together to this central point. It was a talking point in its own right

Aside from all this craziness , the Society had a big role and I loved the characters from there especially Hawthrone, who is another invitee  to the Society.  Morrigan and him became quite a pair during the book and I loved how he encourage Morrigan  to believe in her self.


Whilst initially I couldn’t help draw comparisons to Harry Potter  because of a couple pivot scenes and a character.  Once we learnt about Nevermoor and the Wundrous society which provided much of the entertainment. It  truly became it own book and didn’t have to be propped up by the comparisons.  With important lessons entwined as well into the book .

For the child at heart, or young readers, Nevermoor is one not to be missed and definitely worth recommending to other readers. It is worth the hype surrounding it if you enjoy tales like Alice in Wonderland.  It’s whimsical and magical and I can’t wait for the next book.



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