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.
I received an ARC of this novel from Dymocks Books and Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Nevermoor is going to be the next Harry Potter. Yeap, I said it. A big call to make, but I honestly think this book series is going to be the next big thing. Stepping into the world of Nevermoor is a wunderous and magical place! You are instantly captivated by it all, from the magical beings within to the enchanted Hotel Deucalion.
I haven’t read a middle grade novel in a long time, and when I say long time – I mean LONG TIME! I honestly adored every single moment of reading this novel. You don’t want it to end!
The characters within this novel are simply spectacular. Our main protagonist is Morrigan Crow, or Mog as Jupiter affectionately likes to call her (much to her dismay). Morrigan is a “cursed child” – born on an unlucky day, she is cursed to die at Midnight on eventide. Of course, what kind of story would it be if she actually did die at the beginning of the novel. Enter the delightful Jupiter North, an adventure from the mysterious place called Nevermoor. I honestly loved Morrigan and Jupiter’s relationship, very father daughter in a way.
We meet a handful of characters along the way, some good, some bad but they’re all very intriguing and unique (they’re from Nevermoor so of course they’re unique!) and I cannot wait to read about them more in the second novel.
Once rescued from death by Jupiter, Morrigan begins her trials as Jupiter’s candidate for the Wunderous Society. She must compete and successfully complete four trials in order to gain acceptance into the society. So begins the adventure of Morrigan Crow.
The plot never slows throughout the novel, I found the pace very easy to follow and was never bored at any point. At times I felt as if the book was a little too Harry Potter influenced, but then Townsend provided her spin to the scene and it was very much it’s own. When Kirkus says the book is “Harry Potter meeting Alice in Wonderland”, it is spot on.
I cannot wait for book two to be released so I can continue on this wunderous adventure with Morrigan and her friends.