The Trails of Morrigan Crow
Series : Nevermoor
Publisher : Lothian Children’s Books
Source : Publisher
Release Date : October 10th 2017
The book tells the story of Morrigan Crow, a girl born on Eventide, who’s fated to die at midnight on her ninth birthday. She is spared when rescued by a mysterious stranger ,and after they are chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, they escape to a secret city called Nevermoor. Morrigan’s rescuer, Jupiter, owns the eccentric Hotel Deucalion and has chosen Morrigan to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious society. The young girl must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent.
Nevermoor: The Trial of Morrigan Crow Is a cute MG fantasy tale that thrives on nonsense like the classic tale Alice in Wonderland. The debut from Aussie author Jessica Townsward, this is truly worth the read if you love zany magical tales that keeps on giving and provides hours of entertainment . As someone who doesn’t delve into MG much, this has to be one of my favourite debuts I have read this year. Despite my initial misgivings about this book, and it slowly grew on me and found myself totally in love with the characters and the world by the end.
I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book to read as the blurb at many things but gave hardly any clues away about this adventure . As this book has been touted by the publisher as amazing and honestly I have been burnt too many times to believe those promises so I was cautious of those praises. As Morrigan didn’t seem a bad sort of character. In fact I felt sorry for her when I dove into the book and met her.
Morrigan is a typical curious eleven year old who hasn’t lost the childlike inquisitive nature . As a daughter of a chancellor she should be having plenty of exciting opportunities. Unfortunately for her she doesn’t have a great life. She is the reason for all he misfortunes of Jackalflax and everyone knows she is cursed.
So poor Morrigan is only tolerated by her family as to add all this she is condemned to die before Evertide. The start of new era for the realm and everyone is basically looking forward to that. As they see her as problem and not as a young woman who has more to offer then what she painted as.
Luckily for her the tide changes for her when Jupiter North enters the picture. Jupiter who brings brightness to this dreary start and offers hopes to Morrigan. He gives her an alternative to change her life for the better and quickly whisks her away to Nevermoor by offering an invitation to the Wundrous Society
Nevermoor where do I began, there is so much unexplored in this first book. But what we do get to see is a treat. Jupiter is quite a character in his own right. He belongs to society that he promises to get Morrigan into . He is quite a beloved member of the society and citizen and I loved hearing how he was called upon to help with city business . He also owns a hotel which becomes the base for most of the novel.
This is where we get to see Morrigan’s life truly begin as she finds her place in the world. We see how much truly wants to belong and how Jupiter taking a chance on her and allowing the hotel staff to become her family. The moment I meet one of the staff, I knew that I was going to love this setting as it just drew everyone together to this central point. It was a talking point in its own right
Aside from all this craziness , the Society had a big role and I loved the characters from there especially Hawthrone, who is another invitee to the Society. Morrigan and him became quite a pair during the book and I loved how he encourage Morrigan to believe in her self.
Whilst initially I couldn’t help draw comparisons to Harry Potter because of a couple pivot scenes and a character. Once we learnt about Nevermoor and the Wundrous society which provided much of the entertainment. It truly became it own book and didn’t have to be propped up by the comparisons. With important lessons entwined as well into the book .
For the child at heart, or young readers, Nevermoor is one not to be missed and definitely worth recommending to other readers. It is worth the hype surrounding it if you enjoy tales like Alice in Wonderland. It’s whimsical and magical and I can’t wait for the next book.