Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Paperback)
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This is book number 1 in the Nevermoor series.
Cheri's October 2017 pick (1 of 2)
Morrigan is a cursed child. She has lived her whole life as a cursed child, and everyone around her blames everything on her. And Morrigan’s fate is even worse than that. She is expected to die, on the eve of Eventide. Her parents have dressed up for the occasion! But Morrigan escapes her fate! Jupiter North, a strange man with wild, red hair, whisks her off at the very last second to Nevermoor and Morrigan’s life changes forever. Amidst interesting creatures, quirky characters, and new friends, Morrigan finds a few mysteries to solve, and a contest to win, both of which are vitally important; if she doesn’t succeed, she will not be able to stay in Nevermoor, and will be carried off by the “Hunt of Smoke and Shadow,” (not individuals but a single shadow of men, horses, and hounds) hunting her. Not since Harry Potter found himself impossibly in Diagon Alley have I found myself enjoying such a new, and yet somewhat upside down and whacky, world.This book is perfect for fantasy-adventure readers.— From Cheri's staff picks, 2014-2018
A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.
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 with 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.
Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of readers.
"A Harry Potter-esque adventure." -- Time Magazine
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.
"Poignant.... A Harry Potter-esque adventure."—Time Magazine
"Imaginative."—The Washington Post
* "[A] spellbinding debut...Morrigan is a captivating heroine, filled with moxie and wit.... Whimsical worldbuilding, humorous dialogue, and colorful supporting characters compliment an adventurous, magic-filled plot that champions bravery, self-confidence, and hope."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Readers will leap into this captivating world brimming with witty characters and unforgettable adventures. A perfect fit for fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson."—School Library Connection, starred review
"Townsend's debut novel is a tour de force of fantastical invention, revealing original conceits with each page-turn."—The Horn Book
"Townsend knows how to keep the pages turning in this fast-paced story."—Booklist
"Exciting, whimsical, and colorful, this first book in a planned series will be a favorite with readers who love fantasy and adventure."—A Mighty Girl
"Whimsical and captivating....For fans of the Harry Potter and Divergent series."—South Coast Today