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GALAXY BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A lot of hype suggests this one is the new Harry Potter. That kind of comparison is a killer in my book, but does it stand up all by itself as a decent, magical book for younger readers? Yes! It's charming, first off. There’s some wonderful, magical ideas. It's well written. The main character is likeable and you bond with her very easily and early because Morrigan Crow is cursed! Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks. Worst of all, the curse means she is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide. But as she awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. A must-read for fans of good, magical YA. I liked it a lot and I'm eagerly awaiting more – high praise from a jaded, grumpy old bastard! Craig Slater


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.

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 by Jessica Townsend
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Imprint:   Lothian
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   440g
ISBN:   9780734418074
ISBN 10:   0734418078
Series:   Nevermoor
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 8 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

JESSICA TOWNSEND lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. She was a copywriter for eight years, and was once the editor of a children's wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is her first novel.

Reviews for The Trials of Morrigan Crow (#1 NeverMoor)

Fearsome and funny and original, it's requisite reading for fantasy lovers of all ages. - Libby Hathorn, CBCA Award-winning author of ThunderwithAn extraordinary story full of magics great and small, from the Hotel Deucalion to the Magnificat... Townsend has created a book of wunders. In Morrigan Crow I've found a heroine I'm willing to step boldly after, and follow her wherever her adventure takes her next. - Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and StarsJessica 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 favorite book....a compulsively readable romp that fans of 'Harry Potter', Terry Pratchett or Studio Ghibli will gobble up. - Books + PublishingNevermoor is brimming over with imagination and fun. Morrigan is a wonderful heroine - dark, moody, and wry - and the unfairness of her situation makes her very easy to empathise with. The story gallops along, and the setting is wonderfully vivid ... A wonderfully assured debut from a young Australian author, Nevermoor sparkles with zest, wit and inventiveness. - Kate Forsyth, author of The Impossible Quest seriesFrom the first sentence of Chapter One, The kitchen cat was dead, and Morrigan was to blame , we are draw

A lot of hype behind this one - is it the new Harry Potter? Etc etc and so on. 

The answer... ... Maybe. 

Time will tell.

It's not quite perfect. Feels written for slightly younger audience and is therefore slightly less accessible for and adult. Slightly less believable. I mean really, Harry Potter should never have worked. For adults I mean. But it's clever and we all love a good mystery. Perhaps Nevermoor has not quite the misdirection of HP. There's a little something missing but that's really, only based on a caparison to one of the biggest and best series that ever was. Bit unfair really. 

So, does it stand up all by itself as a decent magical book for younger readers? 

Yes. Quite. 

It’s charming, first off. There's some super cool, wonderful, magical ideas. 

The main character is likable, and you bond with her VERY easily and early. There are a few moments where she's a bit... silly, maybe, but i had that in HP too - I just didn't notice it so much. A few instances of "just tell him this or just ask that!" that can ... urk you out of the world. But again, I'm a bit grown up. 

The world is mostly, a believable, wonderful, magical, charming place. It's is a place you'd like to spend time. There's a few ideas i'd like to see fleshed out a bit more, but it is only book one.

What else? Would I recommend this for younger readers who are not jaded, old, crabby, tired, well-read, bookseller, old-men bastards, that mainly read Grim-dark choc full of swearing, blood and dark humour?

YES - a big resounding yes with sparkly bells on. Twinkly bells that change colour depending on how you’re feeling. 

Will I be lining up for book two, potentially with a whole screaming, bubbly gaggle of prepubescent girls? 

Yes - but I’ll be frowning. 

I recommend this to anyone really. Just leave off with the unattainable comparisons to HP and enjoy this little beauty for what it is. Because it IS something special.  


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