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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Book 1 Kindle Edition
WINNER OF THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2018 YOUNGER FICTION CATEGORY
WINNER OF RED MAGAZINE'S BIG BOOK 'BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK (7-12)' AWARD
International bestselling new series. Enter the Wundrous world of Morrigan Crow and Nevermoor - the most fantastical children's series of the year.
"Exciting, mysterious, marvellous and magical ... quite simply one of the best children's books I've read in years" - Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike
"An extraordinary story full of magics great and small" - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars
"Endlessly inventive, with a fresh delight on every page. Nevermoor rewrites the genre of the Chosen Child novel. This is a special book" - David Solomons, author of My Brother is a Superhero
"A full-speed joy of a book; funny, quick-footed, and wildly, magically inventive" - Katherine Rundell, author of Rooftoppers
"A wonderful, warm-hearted magical adventure" - Sunday Express
"Funny and delightful" - The Sunday Times
Morrigan Crow is cursed, destined to die on her eleventh birthday. But, as the clock strikes midnight, she's whisked away by a remarkable man called Jupter North and taken to the secret city of Nevermoor.
There she's invited to join the Wundrous Society. Mystery, magica and protection are hers - if only she can pass four impossible trials, using an exceptional talent. Which she doesn't have...
Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and His Dark Materials, this series takes readers into an extraordinary world, setting hope and imagination alive.
"Poignant.... A Harry Potter-esque adventure."―Time Magazine
"Imaginative."―The Washington Post
* "[A] spellbinding debut...Morrigan is a captivating heroine, filled with moxie and wit.... Whimsical worldbuilding, humorous dialogue, and colorful supporting characters compliment an adventurous, magic-filled plot that champions bravery, self-confidence, and hope."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Readers will leap into this captivating world brimming with witty characters and unforgettable adventures. A perfect fit for fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson."―School Library Connection, starred review
"Townsend's debut novel is a tour de force of fantastical invention, revealing original conceits with each page-turn."―The Horn Book
"Townsend knows how to keep the pages turning in this fast-paced story."―Booklist
- ASIN : B06XC5P52D
- Publisher : Orion Children's Books; 1st edition (12 October 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 10062 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 481 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #85,158 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from India
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If you are looking for a fun, light yet engrossing read, go for this one. The imagination in the book is fascinating. There is humour in the writing style. The attention to detail in the world building is impeccable.
So glad I picked this book. I enjoyed my time reading it.
The thing with cursed children is that they die on their 11th birthday and when it's her turn, she is whisked away by someone to fight for a prestigious position in The Wunderous Society. And so the story goes....
This book is whimsical and a treat for those who enjoy Harry Potter and/or Percy Jackson series. It can be read and enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
The story has certain elements of Harry Potter meets Alice in Wonderland but Townsend manages to give her own twist to it, hence the lack of originality isn’t an issue as there is plenty.
This is a solid first book in a series and I can't wait for the second part.
Top reviews from other countries
The Trials of Morrigan Crow is a really creative novel. It reads a bit like a cross between Harry Potter, Roald Dahl and The Chronicles of Narnia, focusing on a young girl with a curse as she is charged with passing four trials in order to gain the protection of an elite society. Every chapter of the story was an utter treat to read, introducing creative new concepts and colourful characters. The story still introduced the City of Nevermoor quite nicely, making clear that it was a place where anything could happen.
The plot of the story flows really well. Its opening chapter really draws the reader in, making them curious about the fate that will soon befall Morrigan. The chapters that follow really help to build a mystery, forcing the reader to keep reading to discover who Ezra Squall is, if Morrigan will pass the trials and what her knack is.
There were only a few areas where I felt that the world building could be improved a tad. There were a couple of core concepts in the world - namely Morrigan's curse and the nature of Wunder - that weren't really explained in the story. While you do learn a little more about both of these as the story progresses, I still felt that there were a lot of blanks in my understanding about them. Hopefully, this will be resolved by subsequent novels. The story also ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. While this stage of Morrigan's journey is wrapped up, there are many threads left hanging following the twist ending.
Yet the novel's strongest aspect was its characters. I really liked Morrigan. Although her childhood as been miserable, her hope, sense of wonder and kindness always shine through. Although she is often afraid, she proves to be brave in even situations where she is powerless and willing to put herself in danger to help others.
Beyond Morrigan, the novel boasts a wide array of memorable characters. My favourite was Jupiter North, who behaves a bit like a male Mary Poppins, but Hawthorne the Dragon Rider is also a charming character who forms a cheery counterpoint to the often anxious Morrigan. I'm really curious to see how these characters develop in future volumes, as I feel that Jupiter in particular has a lot of room for development.
All in all, this book was great. It's creative, fast-paced and has a brilliant cast of characters. I really can't wait to read more.
I can’t wait for the next instalment
However, the mysterious Julian North interrupts her final meal to introduce himself as her patron, and with Death on her heels, she is spirited away to Nevermoor to begin her trials for the Wundrous Society. Trials for children with unique and extraordinary talents. But Morrigan doesn’t have one, other than cheating death.
To stay in Nevermoor, she needs to complete her trials and win her place in The Wundrous Society. If she doesn’t, her destiny may just have been delayed…
Morrigan is self-doubting, determined and daring. Julian North is confident, caring and charismatic. With an abundance of enigmatic characters, both loveable and loathsome, and the wonderously whimsical and inventive settings, Nevermoor is a place that once you enter, you will never want to leave.
The Trials of Morrigan Crow is a sublime fantasy with a huge heart that left me dreaming of a life in The Deucalion Hotel and yearning for a Brolly Rail to transport me to school.
I will be breaking my strict “no buying hardbacks for my bookshelf” rule for this book (I have a child who needs food, or so he tells me). There is no way I can wait for the paperback to share it at school. I need to be surrounded by people who’ve ventured to Nevermoor so we can talk bedrooms, smoke and shadows…
It’s gone straight into my top 9 reads for 2017!