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

cv_nevermoorAvailable in bookshops nationwide.

This captivating tale introduces us to a rather fascinating new character in the Junior Fiction genre.

Morrigan Crow has had a rather ill-starred life and finds herself staring fate right in the eye. She was blamed, due to a long-held superstition, for all sorts of mishaps that have occurred in her hometown, and needs rescuing. Enter the brilliantly named Jupiter North, who might not at first appear particularly heroic – but as they say, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

It soon becomes clear that Jupiter sees Morrigan as more capable than anybody in her family ever recognised, and has chosen her to contend for a place in a prestigious organisation. But there is a rather tricky path to navigate and particular trials to achieve, to ensure that Morrigan  can stay in the safety of Nevermoor.

This is a very well written book, peppered with all types of quirky, colourful characters. There are twists and turns aplenty, and magic abounds.

This is a debut for Jessica Townsend and she has done a wonderful job, you are engaged immediately with the story, the language is descriptive and vibrant. Children of all ages will enjoy this book and I suspect that many will read it more than once as they await further the  adventures of the redoubtable Morrigan Crow.

Reviewed by Marion Dreadon

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow 
by Jessica Townsend
Published by Lothian Children’s Books
ISBN 9780734418074