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 organization: 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 to confront her deadly fate.
Nevermoor has perfectly captured the whimsy of a magical world. It actually reminded me of Jasper Fforde’s books in the way it was sort of like the real world, but not. Though, obviously that was more in Jackalfax than Nevermoor, in this case.
I love Morrigan and Jupiter. They’re fantastic, and so much fun. And the world of Nevermoor, and the trials Morrigan has to go through, are also lovely. Fun, slightly scary, just the right amount of silly objected with the perfect counterbalance of serious. Exactly how I feel a middle grade book should be 🙂
The trials themselves are excellent as well – Jupiter’s explanation of them to Morrigan at the end is wonderful, and it’s nice to see something actually explained to the main character as to why the trials are the way they are.
All the side characters were fantastic too, and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of them.
And then there’s the Wundersmith, who is definitely going to be a great character; her nan, who is the only one of her family I don’t want to drown; and the hunt, who are properly scary! Love them all.
High 4.5 stars, and can’t wait to pick up book 2.
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