The Trials of Morrigan Crow

The Trials of Morrigan Crow

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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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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.

Nov 07, 2019

Very well written, I’m exited to finish it!

Nov 06, 2019

pre consider

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.

Feb 13, 2019

While I checked this book out to read with my daughter (6), I ended up reading it on my own. The ideas (while brilliant) were over her head and confusing to her.

That being said I can't wait to read the next book, and will probably give my girl a few years before revisiting book one with her. I loved the characters, and the writers voice. I ate this book up and was genuinely disapointed it ended!!

Dec 19, 2018

Nevermoor is a go-to book recommendation for readers of Dahl and/or Harry Potter, especially if they enjoy the characters, humor, magic, and a touch of the dark.

The trials are pretty cool inventions. The “knacks” are a wide-range of imaginative. And Townsend also manages some brilliant characterization and serious conflict.

Nevermoor is full of the ridiculous and the strange and Morrigan's patron Jupiter North is often called away. And her “knack” isn’t apparent to anyone, least of all herself. As with before she even knew about Nevermoor and the Wundrous Society and knacks, she is relying on what someone else believes her to be. At least being someone wanted is better than the unwanted cursed child of before. In The Trials she’ll be reminded of who she is and what she is capable of—in her own terms.

The two paths Morrigan is offered at the beginning do not disappear. Morrigan will again have to decide whether she should apprentice herself to Jupiter North or Ezra Squall. The problem isn’t that Ezra Squall is more trustworthy, it’s that he is the only one who wants to talk about her knack. Too, he seems to be the only one who knows anything about her knack—and what she might be capable of. The lesson, of course, is the one Jupiter North offers her: that she is the one who decides her fate, “You have a gift. A calling. And you get to decide what that means. Nobody else."

Hillsboro_JennyFl Nov 28, 2018

Morrigan’s trials make for a fun and fasted paced story, full of magic and mystery. One of my favorite things about this novel, is that sense of “found family” and finding a place where you belong and are accepted as your true self. I loved rooting for Morrigan to succeed in her trials and realize that she is worthy of love and acceptance. Magical and heartwarming! Highly recommended for fans of Harry Potter.

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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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