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The Trials of Morrigan Crow

The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Book - 2017
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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
Characteristics: xiii, 465 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Madsen, Jim 1964-


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Apr 27, 2021

It features Morrigan Crow, a girl who's born under a curse, doomed to die and bring her bad luck to everyone she touches, until she is stolen away to another realm, one of magic, a minute before the curse can come to fruition.

Sep 27, 2020

Morrigan Crow has been one of the cursed children all her life. Everything bad that has happened to her family or community during her lifetime is due to her curse. Her less than loving family has all but abandoned her and can't seem to wait until the end of her 12th year when all cursed children die. At eleven years old, Morrigan is supposed to have one more year, but suddenly the Skyfaced Clock begins to change and the bells ring signaling the beginning of the Eventide. On her last night of life at her last dinner, Jupiter arrives and offers to take Morrigan away to a place where she will be safe. Barely escaping the Hunt of Smoke and Shadow, Jupiter takes Morrigan to Nevermoor, a magical community where things aren't always what they appear. Jupiter is to be Morrigan's patron in the Wundrous Society trials where she will show her special talent, but Morrigan has no special talent unless being a curse is considered a talent, but Jupiter tells her her talent will be revealed later. In the meantime, Morrigan meets many different characters, but she is troubled by Mr. Jones who continues to find Morrigan and tell her that Ezra Squall would like for her to be his apprentice. She wonders who Ezra Squall is and what his interest in her is.

Some have compared this book to Harry Potter, but Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is more reminiscent of The Iron Trial. In both books, it is clear that there is an ambiguity regarding the side on which the main character will fall, light or dark. Also in both books, the main character does not really know the history of what has happened to put him or her in this situation. In addition, both involve a special school where he or she will train. Overall this book has many good qualities making it worth the read.

Aug 21, 2020

I love the book Nevermoor so much. It's my favorite book!

Jun 22, 2020

Even though this book is meant for 8-12 year olds, I found it very entertaining. The story was well told and fast paced. The author has a wonderful imagination. I would certainly recommend it.

If your child has read Harry Potter books and wasn’t afraid then they should be fine with the scary parts of the story. The battle between good and evil never gets old.

Jun 03, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
The story of a young girl finding her place in an intriguing hotel and a super secret society.
She must overcome trials and fears if she wants to come out of this with her found family.
Morrigan is feisty and wants to make sure she has a place whereas Jupiter is a secret keeper. She's not sure to trust him or anyone else because of her past.
But as time passes, people show her that she is worthy.

I loved the writing style and the characterizations. I was drawn to all the characters, including the Deucalion, the hotel.

For anyone who's read the adult book, Starless Sea, I'd recommend this one to read with your older children.

JCLChrisK Nov 12, 2019

Imagine living in a realm powered by a magical force called Wunder and being born a source of magic. Except, in Morrigan Crow's case, Wunder is a tightly controlled resource not available to the average person and the magic she is born with is a curse. Every time Morrigan interacts with someone, bad things happen to that person and it's all her fault. Even worse, she is to die when she is eleven. Then she is whisked away from the terrible hunt minutes from death and taken by an enigmatic stranger to a realm bursting with Wundrous magic, a rich, charismatic, and influential stranger, who is sponsoring her application to the prestigious Wundrous Society. It turns out she has more magic than just her curse. Now she just has to figure out what her particular knack is while discovering the strange new place and passing the Society's entrance trials, which will see nine students admitted out of a field of five hundred.

This is an enchanting story with a strong, self-sufficient heroine. She brings a suspicious and cynical eye--being cursed and hated by your family will do that to you--to her encounters with Nevermoor's marvels, slowly discovering hope for the first time in her life. The other characters are interesting and substantial. The danger is quite dark and real and there is adventure aplenty. I'm looking forward to reading the next title in the series. This should be near the top of any recommended fantasy list.

jcljessicaj Oct 01, 2019

What a ride! I loved this book (first in a series). It was packed with adventure, puzzles, and lots of fun characters. Some parts were admittedly predictable, but they were worth it for the overall story. Great for kids (and adults!) who like books with magic and mystery. I'm looking forward to book 2!

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.

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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Nov 06, 2020

"We are the witches of Coven Thirteen.
We are the eyes that have seen the unseen.
We are the voices of those who don't speak.
We will distinguish the bold from the meek.

Two frights befall you this All Hallows' Eve.
One to be seen and one to believe.
Flee if you must. Charge if you dare.
Or follow the glow and you might have a prayer.

We are the witches who'll settle your fate.
We know the terrors and dread that await.
Be wise and turn back, before it's too late.
Or if you dare - open the gate." - Coven Thirteen

Nov 06, 2020

"And yet despite their really top - notch sage waving, our gray man is still hanging around the south wing, spooking people." - Fen

Nov 06, 2020

"Mwa - ha - ha, I am Hawthorne, killer of shadows, fear me, shadow - wolf, for I am your doom." - Hawthorne

Nov 06, 2020

"What is your biggest fear?
That dolphins will lean to walk on land and shoot acid out of their blowholes." - Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Nov 03, 2020

""Don't be alarmed; I'm ginger."
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. His mane of bright copper waves could probably have won awards." - Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Oct 15, 2019

“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.”
― Jessica Townsend, The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Dec 19, 2018

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


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