Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Review by Mrs Godfrey
A young girl – Morrigan Crow – has been cursed all her life and has been told that she will die on her eleventh birthday. As she is already ten years old at the start of the book, it was not the most auspicious of plotlines, I thought, and potentially a very short story! However, I liked the picture on the cover and it was on the 3-for-2 offer in WH Smith, so I bought it.
Fortunately for fans of longer books, Morrigan is rescued from premature death just in the nick of time by Jupiter North; a fabulous character who whisks her off to the secret city of Nevermoor. He is determined she will join The Wundrous Society, even though this means taking part in astoundingly dangerous trials that your average ten-year-old would run screaming from…
What can I say…I absolutely adored this book! It sucked me in from the first chapter and kept me in thrall right to the end. It is full of magic, mystery and the kind of characters that you honestly wish you could meet in real life and have as your friends. Morrigan is a wonderful lead, but Jupiter has quickly become one of my favourite book characters ever.
There are definite nods towards JK Rowling’s Harry Potter; the continuously evolving hotel bedroom hints at the Room of Requirement and the premise of a cursed child and magic are familiar themes. But Nevermoor is unique enough in its own right and will appeal to a whole generation of children who have never experienced the ‘Potter years’.
I am now counting the days until the sequel – Wundersmith. In the meantime, I am off to buy an umbrella…read the book, then you will know why!
Reviewed by: H Godfrey