Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Book 1 Paperback – 8 Feb. 2018
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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
Endlessly inventive, with a fresh delight on every page, Nevermoor rewrites the genre of the Chosen Child novel. This is a special book., David Solomons, author of MY BROTHER IS A SUPERHERO
'A full-speed joy of a book; funny, quick-footed, and wildly, magically inventive', Katherine Rundell - author of ROOFTOPPERS
Townsend's debut fully lives up to its hype, YOU magazine
Townsend's intensely cinematic writing, quirky humour and superior world-building conjure a genuinely fresh take on magical fantasy, Fiona Noble – The Bookseller
The subject of a heated publishers' auction, Townsend's debut fully lives up to the hype, Mail on Sunday
Utterly mesmerising from start to finish, Nevermoor is a masterful piece of storytelling, full of wonderful characters and world so rich in magical detail you'll think you've actually stepped into it., Claire Fayers, author of Accidental Pirates: Voyage to Magical North
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
Funny and delightful, The Sunday Times, children’s book of the week
Enter the fantastically Wundrous world of Morrigan Crow and Nevermoor - perfect for all adventurous young readers.
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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Hold Onto Your Umbrellas – You’Re About To Be Whisked Away On The Most Fantastical, Magical, Thrilling Adventure Of The Year.
Get Ready To Join Morrigan Crow And Her Band Of Friends (Including A Giant Cat Named Fenestra) On Her Quest To Join The Wundrous Society – A Place Of Mystery And Magic. All She Has To Do Is Complete Four Impossible Trials Using An Exceptional Talent, Which She Doesn't Have, Before The Dreaded Hunt Of Smoke And Shadow Catches Up With Her...
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The Trials of Morrigan Crow is a really creative novel. It reads a bit like a cross between Harry Potter, Roald Dahl and The Chronicles of Narnia, focusing on a young girl with a curse as she is charged with passing four trials in order to gain the protection of an elite society. Every chapter of the story was an utter treat to read, introducing creative new concepts and colourful characters. The story still introduced the City of Nevermoor quite nicely, making clear that it was a place where anything could happen.
The plot of the story flows really well. Its opening chapter really draws the reader in, making them curious about the fate that will soon befall Morrigan. The chapters that follow really help to build a mystery, forcing the reader to keep reading to discover who Ezra Squall is, if Morrigan will pass the trials and what her knack is.
There were only a few areas where I felt that the world building could be improved a tad. There were a couple of core concepts in the world - namely Morrigan's curse and the nature of Wunder - that weren't really explained in the story. While you do learn a little more about both of these as the story progresses, I still felt that there were a lot of blanks in my understanding about them. Hopefully, this will be resolved by subsequent novels. The story also ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. While this stage of Morrigan's journey is wrapped up, there are many threads left hanging following the twist ending.
Yet the novel's strongest aspect was its characters. I really liked Morrigan. Although her childhood as been miserable, her hope, sense of wonder and kindness always shine through. Although she is often afraid, she proves to be brave in even situations where she is powerless and willing to put herself in danger to help others.
Beyond Morrigan, the novel boasts a wide array of memorable characters. My favourite was Jupiter North, who behaves a bit like a male Mary Poppins, but Hawthorne the Dragon Rider is also a charming character who forms a cheery counterpoint to the often anxious Morrigan. I'm really curious to see how these characters develop in future volumes, as I feel that Jupiter in particular has a lot of room for development.
All in all, this book was great. It's creative, fast-paced and has a brilliant cast of characters. I really can't wait to read more.
However, the mysterious Julian North interrupts her final meal to introduce himself as her patron, and with Death on her heels, she is spirited away to Nevermoor to begin her trials for the Wundrous Society. Trials for children with unique and extraordinary talents. But Morrigan doesn’t have one, other than cheating death.
To stay in Nevermoor, she needs to complete her trials and win her place in The Wundrous Society. If she doesn’t, her destiny may just have been delayed…
Morrigan is self-doubting, determined and daring. Julian North is confident, caring and charismatic. With an abundance of enigmatic characters, both loveable and loathsome, and the wonderously whimsical and inventive settings, Nevermoor is a place that once you enter, you will never want to leave.
The Trials of Morrigan Crow is a sublime fantasy with a huge heart that left me dreaming of a life in The Deucalion Hotel and yearning for a Brolly Rail to transport me to school.
I will be breaking my strict “no buying hardbacks for my bookshelf” rule for this book (I have a child who needs food, or so he tells me). There is no way I can wait for the paperback to share it at school. I need to be surrounded by people who’ve ventured to Nevermoor so we can talk bedrooms, smoke and shadows…
It’s gone straight into my top 9 reads for 2017!
I can’t wait for the next instalment
Top international reviews
The thing with cursed children is that they die on their 11th birthday and when it's her turn, she is whisked away by someone to fight for a prestigious position in The Wunderous Society. And so the story goes....
This book is whimsical and a treat for those who enjoy Harry Potter and/or Percy Jackson series. It can be read and enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
The story has certain elements of Harry Potter meets Alice in Wonderland but Townsend manages to give her own twist to it, hence the lack of originality isn’t an issue as there is plenty.
This is a solid first book in a series and I can't wait for the second part.
Morrigan Crow is funny. She's also worried she will not make it, she does not believe in herself and thinks she is a curse and will harm anyone she likes, she is observant, good-humored, brave and loyal.
Nevermoor sounds like a wonderful place. Jupiter North is the father, uncle, brother, friend, fan that Morrigan has always wanted, and their growing friendship may be the most magical part of this book.
And finally, the trials. Generally I do not like books with trials that much, I do not like the competition for one spot kind of books. Here the trials are for quick thinkers, not about sporty abilities.
The book is bracingly funny. More than a dozen characters have great lines. (I love the running gag about the character who is a vampire dwarf, not a dwarf vampire.) There are scenes that sparkle. This book is really good. Smart fun.
I am looking forward to the second book in the series. I hope it is not as much of a competition.
Alors on débute l'histoire en découvrant Morrigan Crow et paf elle meurt, sans plaisanter. Et puis on revient en arrière et on apprend qu'elle est une enfant maudite, elle porte la méga poisse à tout son entourage, qui la tolère à peine. Mais le jour de son décès elle est enlevée par un rouquin en habit vert pour passer des épreuves et intégrer une école grâce à un pouvoir qu'elle ignore et en logeant entre les épreuves dans un hôtel de fou.
Voilà pour un résumé qui ne spoile pas trop l'histoire.
Au niveau sensation, c'est sombre, c'est plein d'humour (surtout dans les dialogues), les personnages sont tous plus farfelus les uns que les autres. Il y a plein d'idées et je suis super impatiente de lire le tome 2 que j'ai déjà commandé en poche mais qu'il faut attendre en mai.
C'est vraiment sympa, clairement pour jeunes ados mais je l'ai apprécié en tant qu'adulte parce que j'avais besoin d'un truc léger. C'était parfait. Je recommande sans hésiter.
I was more than a little sceptical, thinking it was impossible to beat the novelty and absolute superiority of Harry Potter and the Selection Series, as well as the Red Queen series by Victoria Avesbury, but congrats, Jessica Townsend, you've done the impossible, and you're officially in my top 5 favourite books. I ADORED this novel and recommend it to everyone who enjoys fantasy. This is a book for ages 8+. Hope you love it!
waiting for part 2