The Trials of Morrigan Crow

The Trials of Morrigan Crow

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"A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First US edition
ISBN: 9780316508889
0316508888
Characteristics: xiii, 465 pages :,illustrations
Additional Contributors: Madsen, Jim 1964-

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SidheWrites
Jul 04, 2019

I had heard mixed reviews, so I went into this with no expectations. It is a middle grade book, not YA as I had originally thought.

I think the premise is great, however I found far too much similarity to other stories I've read (some aspects are SO similar it's disappointing). I wish the author had not kept so much of the background to themselves. I understand you don't want to reveal everything and that the reader doesn't need to be spoon fed all of the details, but you do have to find a balance and in this case it wasn't there. The story seemed rushed in some places and thus some opportunities were missed with regard to character development and world building. I don't know much more about either after reading the book than I did in the first few chapters.

I don't think I will continue with the series, as it's just not my cup of tea.

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Lilabelle_0
Jun 30, 2019

Review on: Nevermoor; The Trials of Morrigan Crow.
Total rating out of 5 stars: 5!

Jessica Townsend, though a new author seems to have a lot of experience in writing fantasy stories. This is one of the best fantasy books I've read in a few years. This book was quite ridiculously crazy. Not only the plot, but the setting, characters, and ideas are unlike any I've ever come across before. I got easily captivated in the excitement of the trials 11 year old Morrigan Crow had to overcome. I recommend this book and it's sequal, Wundersmith. I believe it is a fun, suitable read for all ages (since my 30 year old stepdad read and enjoyed it).

daniellevk_0 Apr 15, 2019

The main character, Morrigan Crow, grows up believing she will die on her 11th birthday because of a curse she was born with. While sitting with her family at dinner awaiting her death, they get an unexpected visitor telling her that she will not die and that he wants her to come with him on an adventure and join a prestigious group. She goes and is introduced to a world very different from her own where she makes friends and a new family who believes in her. She has to face many trials, challenges, and competitions in order to get in to the society but her mentor believes in her so she continues to compete. She goes on an adventure where she also has to find out what she wants and who she is. She discovers that she has so much potential and she is meant to do so much more in her life and accomplish different things. This book is full of magic, adventure, and keeps the reader wanting to read more. It is similar to the Harry Potter series for people who like fantasy, action and adventure.

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Glac13
Feb 13, 2019

While I checked this book out to read with my daughter (6), I ended up reading it on my own. The ideas (while brilliant) were over her head and confusing to her.

That being said I can't wait to read the next book, and will probably give my girl a few years before revisiting book one with her. I loved the characters, and the writers voice. I ate this book up and was genuinely disapointed it ended!!

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leslie_d_
Dec 19, 2018

Nevermoor is a go-to book recommendation for readers of Dahl and/or Harry Potter, especially if they enjoy the characters, humor, magic, and a touch of the dark.

The trials are pretty cool inventions. The “knacks” are a wide-range of imaginative. And Townsend also manages some brilliant characterization and serious conflict.

Nevermoor is full of the ridiculous and the strange and Morrigan's patron Jupiter North is often called away. And her “knack” isn’t apparent to anyone, least of all herself. As with before she even knew about Nevermoor and the Wundrous Society and knacks, she is relying on what someone else believes her to be. At least being someone wanted is better than the unwanted cursed child of before. In The Trials she’ll be reminded of who she is and what she is capable of—in her own terms.

The two paths Morrigan is offered at the beginning do not disappear. Morrigan will again have to decide whether she should apprentice herself to Jupiter North or Ezra Squall. The problem isn’t that Ezra Squall is more trustworthy, it’s that he is the only one who wants to talk about her knack. Too, he seems to be the only one who knows anything about her knack—and what she might be capable of. The lesson, of course, is the one Jupiter North offers her: that she is the one who decides her fate, “You have a gift. A calling. And you get to decide what that means. Nobody else."

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 09, 2018

This is such a hard book to describe – it’s like a mash-up of Harry Potter and Willy Wonka and The Wizard of Oz, which makes it sound kind of bizarre and overwhelming, but it somehow works? Its strength is its world-building, which I thought worked really well, and this is one I’ve handed to more than one kid who is looking for the next immersive, whimsical middle grade fantasy world.

Hillsboro_JennyFl Nov 28, 2018

Morrigan’s trials make for a fun and fasted paced story, full of magic and mystery. One of my favorite things about this novel, is that sense of “found family” and finding a place where you belong and are accepted as your true self. I loved rooting for Morrigan to succeed in her trials and realize that she is worthy of love and acceptance. Magical and heartwarming! Highly recommended for fans of Harry Potter.

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stephaniejoanna
Aug 02, 2018

Nevermoor was an absolutely, positively delightful read! I picked this up because it keeps getting compared to Harry Potter - while I'm not a "Potterhead" myself, the comparison piqued my interest. I'm so glad I gave this book a chance because it did not disappoint! Whimsical writing, wonderful characters, engaging plot .. a perfect read for all ages. If you're in the mood to read something that will sweep you away to a magical, enchanting place and give you a break from the real world, look no further.

cmlibrary_rkimray Jul 17, 2018

I totally agree with the comparisons to Harry Potter, The Mysterious Benedict Society and works by Neil Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones. The story is engaging and funny, and the characters are crafted with great care. The action, adventure and magic are all unique, but with distinct nods to many classic children's novels. One of my favorite books of the year and a promising start to a new series!

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green_pig_629
Jun 30, 2018

*SPOILERS*
It was fairly reminiscent of Diana Wynne Jones, and I really liked the entire idea, I mean it was a fun book, really; a girl, who everyone blames everything on, (I really liked the part where she wrote scathing things to all the people who blamed her,) escapes her untimely death hoping for a future with a strange king of all gingers driving a giant spider. Then she has to pass some tests to stay in because it turns out that she's an 'illegal' etc.

Anyway I really, really wanted to like this book.
I loved Townsends quirky world. I loved the whimsical flourishes that she so lavishly decorates it with. I loved the hotel Deculion. I loved the Brolly Rail, and the smoking room. I really enjoyed this world.

Sorry guys, now comes what I didn't like.

Morrigan. She never asked the right questions, for example; 'why does he wear an eyepatch?' Instead of 'it's rude to stare at people like they're freaks'. And everyone thought that she was pretty smart, but she couldn't figure out that she was a wondersmith. The author never offered any clues, so that we, the readers, could figure out anything, but Morrigan didn't care, she was perfectly patient to wait around for everything to be delivered to her in a perfectly wrapped parcel. And it really felt like you got a snails view of the world. Instead of trying to figure ANYTHING out, Morrigan goes on and on about the lovely hotel, and people, and other things that aren't important to the plot, at all.

I suppose that's why I was so annoyed at her. She's so patient, I don't think I've ever met a real live eleven year old who would gladly, wait everything out, whose curiosity never got the better of her.

Yeesh, I didn't realize how many problems I had with this.

If I were in her shoes, I would have gotten myself a knack, I would learn magic tricks, or how to talk to gorillas, or I would have memorized fifty million different languages. I would have done anything to make sure that I would NOT DIE. I would most definately NOT leave it all up to the man that I'd just barely met, I mean seriously? Would you?

But, probably, the worst part is that she doesn't even DEAFEAT the villian, I mean, come on? Can't you do something? You have all these awesome magical powers, but all you can really do is run away? Seriously?

And Jack, as soon as they meet each other they start a very long fued, honestly, trading hats is not goint to end that, most definitely not.

Forgive the rant, I am training to become a critic apparently.

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leslie_d_
Dec 19, 2018

“You have a gift. A calling. And you get to decide what that means. Nobody else."

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