A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut Australian author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is 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 Eventide.
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 there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: 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. Except for Morrigan, who doesn't seem to have any special talent at all.
Reviewed by Olivia at Angus & Robertson Bookworld:
There is a special magic that comes from reading a particularly wonderful children’s book, and with Nevermoor debut author Jessica Townsend has made magicians of us all. The first in a brand new series, Nevermoor is a boldly evocative story that will take its readers on the most fantastical journey this side of Harry Potter, through a world filled with curses, black-smoke hounds and mysterious magical societies.
In this world lives Morrigan Crow, a deeply unlucky girl doomed to die at midnight on Eventide, who is whisked away to the bewitching city of Nevermoor and given the chance of a lifetime - to compete for entry into the Wundrous Society. What follows is a tale with imagination in spades and plenty of charm to spare - readers both young and old are sure to delight in this book!
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.
'Unexpected, exciting and funny. Like Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and Doctor Who swirled up together. I loved Morrigan Crow, and I want to check in at the Hotel Deucalion.' - Judith Rossell, ABIA Award-winning author of Withering-by-Sea
'Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is more than just a spectacular debut. Exciting, charming, and wonderfully imagined, it's the sort of delightful, grand adventure destined to be many a reader's favourite book.' - Trenton Lee Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series and The Secret Keepers