Original book title: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1)
Author: Jessica Townsend
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
Original language: English
Year of publication: 2018 (First published in 2017)
What an amazing little gem this book is! I had so much fun reading this book and I can’t wait to read more about Morrigan’s world.
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s 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 her eleventh birthday. 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 then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: 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–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. 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.
This book takes you on an adventure you won’t forget. Everything about this book is great – the writing, the character, the story and all the twists and turns.
Let‘s start with the writing. Townsend writes effortlessly and with a lot of humor. I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times. Her world building is special; she doesn’t give away much, which makes me eager for more. And when you think you got Nevermoor figured out Townsend hit you with more hidden mysteries.
The characters are so interesting and funny. Each character’s are truly a mystery and the more you read about them the more interesting they get. Morrigan is an amazing heroine. She is brave, funny and full of self-respect. The reason why I don’t give this book a five out five is because I found it to be a bit repetitive sometimes. Before every trial Morrigan goes through the same emotions and the same doubt. There is also Jupiter North who is supposed to be very mysteries but I found him to be a bit annoying.
There is a little bit of everything in this book. You have a little bit of Harry Potter, a little bit of The Hunger games (although a pg-version of it), a splash of Disney feeling and classical magic mixed with Townsend own amazing imaginary. This book is so charming and easy to read and I hope this series will continue for a long time.