Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Written by Jessica Townsend
Part of the Nevermoor Series

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In a nutshell: exciting, original fantasy adventure

Unusually, Jessica Townsend’s book opens with the funeral of her central character. No-one seems particularly upset, not even her family, and that’s because Morrigan Crow is a Cursed Child held responsible for any and all mishaps and was expected to die before her 12th birthday. Fortunately for Morrigan and readers, she has been mysteriously saved from her gloomy family and swept into a wonderful new world by one Jupiter Crow, magic-maker, hotel-owner, umbrella-flyer. All sorts of tests await Morrigan in Nevermoor, and she faces them all with intelligence, good-humour and, thanks to her new extended family, the resilience that comes from knowing you are loved. There are echoes of other favourite fantasy adventures in the book, but Nevermoor and its inhabitants are still wildly original and this is an impressively constructed, lively, satisfying story.

One to recommend to fans of Harry Potter or of Katherine Rundell’s Rooftoppers.


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

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.


'Written with a wonderful deadpan humour and sharp dialogue, this is a must for the next Harry Potter generation' Daily Mail

'This magical debut novel is a dazzling and engrossing feat of imagination' Daily Express

Charming, magical and the perfect book to lose yourself in during the Christmas break... The School Run

A wonderful, warm-hearted magical adventure [that] will instantly draw you in S Magazine - Sunday Express

'Welcome to your new obsession, Harry Potter fans. This perfectly measured combination of mystery, magic, a loveable heroine and an engrossing plot is one of our favourite children's novels of 2017' iBooks Review

Funny and delightful The Sunday Times, children's book of the week

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 favorite book Trenton Lee Stewart, author of The Mysterious Benedict Society

Utterly mesmerising from start to finish, Nevermoor is a masterful piece of storytelling, full of wonderful characters and world so rich in magical detail you'll think you've actually stepped into it. Claire Fayers, author of Accidental Pirates: Voyage to Magical North

The subject of a heated publishers' auction, Townsend's debut fully lives up the hype Mail on Sunday

Townsend's intensely cinematic writing, quirky humour and superior world-building conjure a genuinely fresh take on magical fantasy Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

Townsend's debut fully lives up to its hype YOU magazine

'A full-speed joy of a book; funny, quick-footed, and wildly, magically inventive' Katherine Rundell - author of Rooftoppers

Endlessly inventive, with a fresh delight on every page, Nevermoor rewrites the genre of the Chosen Child novel. This is a special book. David Solomons, author of My Brother is a Superhero

An 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 Stars

Exciting, mysterious, marvellous and magical . . . quite simply one of the best children's books I've read in years Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike

About the Author

Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, but has lived on and off in London for a few years. She was a copywriter for eight years, and in a previous role, was the editor of a children's wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. NEVERMOOR: THE TRIALS OF MORRIGAN CROW is her first novel.

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384 pages


Jessica Townsend
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Orion Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

8th February 2018




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