Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend – REVIEW
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.
“The point is – as far as the Society is concerned – if you are not honest, and determined, and brave, then it doesn’t matter how talented you are.”
I’m so glad I finally picked up this book as it turned out to be an incredibly fun children’s fantasy. I bought a signed edition not long after it was released but never got around to reading it for some reason (probably the sheer size of my TBR pile!). However, the cover jumped out at me when browsing my shelves recently and, by the end of the first chapter, I was hooked.
“Like every other child born precisely eleven years ago on the last Eventide, when the clock struck midnight she would die – the eleven short years of her doomed life complete; her curse finally fulfilled.”
The plot was fast-paced, magical, and fun, with wonderful world-building. I can easily imagine children wanting to visit Nevermoor thanks to the author’s descriptive and evocative writing style that beautifully conjures such a fantastical setting. I loved the diverse cast of characters, with each one standing out due to their quirky personalities. Eleven-year-old Morrigan Crow is determined, brave and intelligent, holding her own alongside empowering female characters such as Anne Shirley, Hermione Granger and Matilda.
“Ginger was an understatement, Morrigan thought, trying to hide her astonishment as the hat came off. Ginger of the Year or King Ginger or Big Gingery President of the Ginger Foundation for the Incurably Ginger would have been more accurate.”
As soon as I’d finished this book, I immediately ordered the sequel, which proves how much I loved the story. It’s already been optioned for a film and the cinematic feel to some of the writing has me eager to see how the adaptation turns out. If you need any last minute gifts for young bookworms (or old bookworms), I highly recommend this absorbing and thrilling book. It definitely won’t disappoint.