Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is 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 Eventide.
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 there 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. Except for Morrigan, who doesn't seem to have any special talent at all.
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.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Nevermoor. An incredible book by a marvelous Australian debut author, Jessica Townsend. Jessica has created a whole new world based around a cursed child, Morrigan Crow.
Morgan is cursed, and on the night that her death is due to occur, Morrigan is whisked away to Nevermoor by the intrepid explorer and esteemed member of the Wundrous Society, Jupiter North. He becomes Morrigan's patron to enter the trials so that she can become a member of the Wundrous Society too. But the four trials are hard, and the last trial where you must display 'a knack' is going to prove difficult as Morrigan's only known 'knack' is to bring trouble to all who cross her path.
Filled with Dragonriders, a huge talking cat, an evil genius, a magical ever changing hotel, and lots of magic and illusion, you are sure to fall in love with Morrigan and this incredible world.
This book has been compared to Harry Potter, and although it certainly has some similarities, it is unique and wonder filled enough to be its own great story. However, it will certainly be loved by those that enjoyed Harry Potter, aged 9 and older.
Reviewed by Rob