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The One Where this was so whimsical: Nevermoor: The Trails of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend Book Review (Spoiler-Free)

On the eleventh day of Blogtober, the wild hunt gave to me a review for a whimsical read

Nevermoor: The Trails of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend Book Review

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend Book Review

Name: Nevermoor: The Trails of Morrigan Crow

Author: Jessica Townsend

Series: Nevermoor #1

Age Group: Middle Grade

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Magic

Pages: 374

Format: Paperback

Published On: Orion Childrens Books

Published By: 12th October, 2017

Sequel: Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow – already published


  • Characters – 8
  • Atmosphere – 8 
  • Writing – 8
  • Plot – 7
  • Intrigue – 8
  • Logic – 7
  • Enjoyment – 8

Synopsis (From Goodreads):

Enter the Wundrous world of Morrigan Crow and Nevermoor – the most fantastical children’s release of the year.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 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 – 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 and confront her deadly fate once and for all.

Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and His Dark Materials, this series takes readers into an extraordinary world, setting hope and imagination alive.


“The point is—as far as the Society is concerned—if you are not honest, and determined, and brave, then it doesn’t matter how talented you are.”

I was sucked into the writing of the story, the author was able to pull me in and keep me hooked the entire time.

“The night was uncommon and crowded with possibility.”

The start of this book was kinda slow but after the introduction of Jupiter North in the story things got better and interesting really soon.

The author did a great job in portraying the trials and creating an intense atmosphere, when Morrigan was facing the trials and at the same time made them easy to follow and really fun to read about.

Alongs with following Morrigan through the trials we get to see her make friends, spending time at the hotel and just enjoy life and after the first 50 or so pages you can’t help but feel happy for her.

The world was so whimsical and just truly amazing, when we first enter into Nevermoor, I was captivated by the way the entire world was described and I felt like I was there and I loved that feeling.

The ending of this book was nowhere near to what I was expecting and I loved it a lot, it left the world open to many possibilities and I can’t wait to see what happens next

“Death is boring. Life is much more fun. Things happen in life all the time. Unexpected things. Things you couldn’t possibly expect because they’re so very… unexpected.”

Morrigan Crow, she is amazing. She was put down all her life and considered to be a bad omen and reason behind everything that ever went wrong but she never let that get to her, when in Nevermoor she let herself shine, she is a witty, strong-willed, determined and lovable character and I loved her will all my heart.
I rooted for her from the very start and it was lovely seeing her make friends and just be herself.

Jupiter North, he is like a father Morrigan never had (her real father was a piece of garbage) and the way he stood by Morrigan all the time, he was there for her, he made her feel better about herself and I loved the way the relationship that developed between them.
He is also considered a great member of the world and I would love to know more about him in the coming books.

We had a dragon rider, an arrogant golden-boy, a talking cat, a vampire-something and so many more characters who you just adore when reading the book.

“We have danced, we have dined, we have drunk our fill. We have bid a tender and triumphant farewell to the Olden Age, and now we must step boldly into the new. May it be a good and happy one. May it bring unexpected adventures.”

Overall, this book was a fun and whimsical read that offered great friendships and trials that would keep you at the edge of your seat. It has good characters and character development and underlying themes of family and friendship and it warmed my heart

“And whatever you do, don’t close your eyes.’
‘What happens if I close my eyes?’
‘You miss the fun.”

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light but heartwarming book with whimsy and magic woven into it.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Have you read Nevermoor? Did you like it? What id your favorite Middle grade book?

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