Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher

I was sent this book without requesting it and though I had no intention of reading it, when I got the book, I read the first few pages and then the entire book. The Trials of Morrigan Crow is a super fun middle grade caper that contains everything a tale needs to be memorable.

  1. A sympathetic heroine facing unfair trials and tribulations.
    Morrigan Crow fits that description perfectly. Due to being born at a certain time on a certain year, and through no fault of her own, she is known widely as a bringer of misfortune. She’s a cursed child destined to die on her next birthday or when the seasons change.
  2. Unexpected Allies
    Morrigan Crow doesn’t die (this is not a spoiler; there wouldn’t be a book if she did) because she is saved by someone who removes her not just from her horrible family but from the prejudiced society–indeed world that she calls home.
  3. Fantastic Adventures
    Morrigan finds herself in a new world with a new mentor who gives her a place to live (in a lavish hotel that has very wonderful rooms). She meets interesting new people though she doesn’t like all of them. And then she finds the reason her mentor rescued her from death.
  4. Feats of Bravery
    Indeed this book is chockful of them.
  5. Unexpected Twists
    I can’t discuss this because it would be spoiling the book but the twist is very twisty.
  6. A Satisfying Resolution That Makes You Long for the Next Installment
    Yep.

So yeah, I really like Morrigan Crow. She is easy to empathize with and feel sympathy for. Her father is the kind of terrible no child deserves. The worldbuilding is glorious and honestly I was as excited reading this as I was Harry Potter. Though Nevermoor is much more fantastic in terms of setting than Harry Potter, it has the same immersive tone. The twist at the end of the novel makes Morrigan a deeper character. I wonder if she’s going to grow older with each book. I think the potential for it is there and it would be wonderful to see the author tackle Morrigan’s growing capacity.

The side characters, too, are intriguing. Jupiter, as one of the few adults, definitely has a panache to him that is reminiscent of the more memorable characters in literature.

If you enjoy remarkable storytelling with fun characters, you should read this book.