Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend



Goodreads: Nevermoor: The Trial of Morrigan Crow
Series: Nevermoor #1
Source: Gift
Published: October 31, 2017

Official Summary

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.


Nevermoor is one of those magical middle grade fantasies that draw you in from the first pages and never let you go. There’s a bit of darkness to the story, as Morrigan is a cursed child—both for herself because she’s doomed to die at the age of twelve and for her community because a simple look from her can bring bad luck down upon others. Sadly, a lot of people, perhaps including her own family, are not going to be overly distressed by her death. However, the book nicely balances this darkness with whimsy and laughter, and Morrigan eventually finds a place where she belongs.

Morrigan herself is a spunky, determined protagonist whom readers will love to root for as she attempts to earn a coveted place in the exclusive Wundrous Society, a group of intrepid adventurers with unusual talents. Her good points are nicely balanced by some realistic character flaws, such as occasionally doubting her own abilities or getting into spats with other children.

The plot is engaging and ties together several threads, including Morrigan’s quest to pass the tests to enter the Wundrous Society and her attempts to fit into her new home, as well as a more overarching plot about good vs. evil. I couldn’t help but keep turning the pages to see what would happen next, as well as to keep exploring Townsend’s imaginative world.

Nevermoor delighted me the entire time I was reading it. It’s only January (at the time I’m writing the review, not when I’m publishing it!), but I already think this is going to be a contender for one of my favorite reads of 2018, and I can’t wait for the sequel.

5 stars Briana

13 thoughts on “Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

  1. Andrea says:

    Great review! This book sounds absolutely amazing, I think you’ve just managed to get me to add it to my already-a-mess TBR!


  2. lissa says:

    I did like the book but I also didn’t. I had posted my own reviews slightly leaning toward not liking it. I think one of the flaw of books series is that the better plot or the better bits of the story is yet to come. this first book has such a bland villain, well, that he is not bland but we don’t get to know much about him until the end and we won’t until the next book.

    I agreed with you, nevermoor is a good book in terms of magical worlds and the writing’s not bad though I really didn’t care much for some of the characters especially the dwarf vampire or is that vampire dwarf? it just felt like some of the characters are throw in for no reason.

    have a lovely day.


    • Briana | Pages Unbound says:

      That’s a fair point. I agree the villain wasn’t really present, but I guess I enjoyed the world building and the other plot about passing the tests that I wasn’t too bothered by it. I’d also agree the vampire dwarf (that is the right term???) is kind of just…there.


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