Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
My name is Rya. I am in middle school and I enjoy reading, writing, swimming, and backpacking.
The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend is an incredible introduction to the Nevermoor series. Every misfortune in the town of Jacklefax is blamed on Morrigan. This is because she is on the Cursed Child list. Her fate is to die on Eventide on her 12th birthday. When Eventide comes earlier than expected, Morrigan is going to die even sooner, until a strange man shows up at her door and gives her a second chance.
The man takes her to Nevermoor, which becomes her new home. She spends her days unlocking random doors in the Hotel Deucalion, spending time with her newfound friend, and of course, preparing for the upcoming trials. Children will be eliminated in each of the five trials. Only nine children will win and be promised a place at the Wunderous Society, a place where they are guaranteed to have a promising career, friends that are family, and an opportune future. But if Morrigan does not succeed in any of the trials, she will have to return to Jacklefax where the Hunt of Smoke and Shadow will be waiting for her to bring her to her doom, getting their revenge after she “cheated death.”
Even though this book is directed towards younger readers, ages 8-12, it was a clever and well-thought out story that used descriptive language. When reading books, I rarely give them five stars, but this one definitely deserves as much.