Morrigan Crow has always known when the end would come. As a cursed child, she is destined to die on her eleventh birthday, but instead at midnight Morrigan finds herself apprenticed and semi-kidnapped by an extraordinary figure called Jupiter North and taken into a land that she never knew existed, and where she finds she has been entered into a contest to join the mysterious Wundrous Society, despite her apparent lack of a qualifying ‘knack.’ But on the journey through her trials she finds freedom, fun, loving family for the first time and hopes desperately that there is something she can do to let her stay…
This book was just so good. It put an almost constant smile on my face the whole way through. It begins with the maudlin and melancholy of Morrigan with her family, but moves into such a fantastic blend of warmth, crazy fantasy and humour that I was completely enchanted. It’s probably a book for 9-12 year olds but I’ve been recommending it to anyone who loves this sort of thing anyway – and I can’t wait for the next in the series.
It was altogether just very satisfying. It felt well rounded, well thought through and well put together, despite moving at a breakneck speed and our encountering the world through the eyes of Morrigan, who knows very little. It reminds me of the Keys to the Kingdom books by Garth Nix, but better created and with more warmth.
The characters were marvellous. Morrigan is a fantastic heroine; she goes on a crazy journey from knowing herself to be cursed and widely hated to finding people who like her. She has a unique perspective because of this but never is moany or whiny, despite the considerable pressure she is under. Jupiter North, her patron, is loving, mysterious and elusive; a fantastic puzzle that you can’t help but like and desperately hope you can trust. The friends and enemies Morrigan makes all have their unique personalities and secrets, and I look forward to seeing them unfold in the next books.
And the world was so wonderful (should I say wunderful?) The magical people and animals are plentiful, nothing is overexplained and we explore the world with Morrigan with a sense of delight, mischief and awe. Morrigan goes to live at a hotel owned by Jupiter, and it is full of marvels and mysteries that is probably as good as Hogwarts. There is always something bizarre and amazing, and the pictures and scenes in my head from this book are very clearly stuck there.
If you can’t tell, I really, really liked this book. I’m buying and recommending it for Christmas presents, and if you get it for someone you may want to take a read yourself too…
You can buy it on Amazon here: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Thank you so much to the publishers for the review copy, I had a blast. It being free in no way affected how much I loved it! If you buy this or something else on Amazon after clicking the link above I will receive an extremely small percentage of the purchase price. The hardback is currently only six pounds!