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The Trials of Morrigan Crow (#1 NeverMoor)

Jessica Townsend


9780734418074

Lothian


Fantasy » High Fantasy;
Fantasy » Magic;
Fantasy » Parallel Worlds;
Fantasy » Mythological Creatures, People & Places;
Fantasy » Wizards;
Fantasy » Young Adult;
Nexus - Young Adult;
Media » Harry Potter


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400 pages

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GALAXY BOOKSELLER PICK —— Craig Slater's short review: I recommend this to anyone really. Just leave off with the unattainable comparisons to HP and enjoy this little beauty for what it is. Because it IS something special. For Craig’s longer review, click the Reviews tab.

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Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is 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 Eventide. 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 there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: 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. Except for Morrigan, who doesn't seem to have any special talent at all.

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.

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (#1 NeverMoor) by Jessica Townsend

By:   Jessica Townsend
Imprint:   Lothian
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9780734418074
ISBN 10:   0734418078
Series:   Nevermoor
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

JESSICA TOWNSEND lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. She was a copywriter for eight years, and was once the editor of a children's wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is her first novel.


A lot of hype behind this one - is it the new Harry Potter? Etc etc and so on. 

The answer... ... Maybe. 

Time will tell.

It's not quite perfect. Feels written for slightly younger audience and is therefore slightly less accessible for and adult. Slightly less believable. I mean really, Harry Potter should never have worked. For adults I mean. But it's clever and we all love a good mystery. Perhaps Nevermoor has not quite the misdirection of HP. There's a little something missing but that's really, only based on a caparison to one of the biggest and best series that ever was. Bit unfair really. 

So, does it stand up all by itself as a decent magical book for younger readers? 

Yes. Quite. 

It’s charming, first off. There's some super cool, wonderful, magical ideas. 

The main character is likable, and you bond with her VERY easily and early. There are a few moments where she's a bit... silly, maybe, but i had that in HP too - I just didn't notice it so much. A few instances of "just tell him this or just ask that!" that can ... urk you out of the world. But again, I'm a bit grown up. 

The world is mostly, a believable, wonderful, magical, charming place. It's is a place you'd like to spend time. There's a few ideas i'd like to see fleshed out a bit more, but it is only book one.

What else? Would I recommend this for younger readers who are not jaded, old, crabby, tired, well-read, bookseller, old-men bastards, that mainly read Grim-dark choc full of swearing, blood and dark humour?

YES - a big resounding yes with sparkly bells on. Twinkly bells that change colour depending on how you’re feeling. 

Will I be lining up for book two, potentially with a whole screaming, bubbly gaggle of prepubescent girls? 

Yes - but I’ll be frowning. 

I recommend this to anyone really. Just leave off with the unattainable comparisons to HP and enjoy this little beauty for what it is. Because it IS something special.  

 -Craig 

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