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 organization: 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 to confront her deadly fate.
- The writing was so magical and whimsical. Reading about the gossamer line, the brolly train and the magnificat transported me into the mystical world of Nevermoor. It gave me all the Hogwarts vibes!
- I loved the characters in this novel who were quirky and hilarious. The main character Morrigan was brave and determined — and downright adorable. Although she’d grown up as a cursed and unloved child, she later learned to make friends and found a place to belong. I loved watching her transformation!
- I also really loved the cast of secondary characters — Jupiter, who was a caring father-figure to Morrigan (though he avoided answering any important questions), Hawthorne who was a fun best friend, and Jack who was moody and mysterious. Even some of the minor characters surprised me for the better!
- This story was pretty darn dark! After all, it was about a cursed child who was supposed to die on Eventide. The book didn’t shy away from things like death and insanity… and yet it did all of this in a way that was lighthearted and magical.
- Did I mention how this reminded me of HP again? The magic stayed with me even after turning the last page. (The characters too!)
- I couldn’t stop turning the pages. I cared so much for Morrigan and I couldn’t wait to read what happened next! I wanted so badly for her to succeed! Also there was always a sense of mystery and intrigue that kept me hooked!
- I loved the themes of the story which highlighted the importance of honesty, bravery and determination.
- Not much, I loved this story so much.
- One thing I noticed was how many parallels there were with HP... but not a bad thing in my books!
If you’re looking to be transported to a magical world, look no further! The Trials of Morrigan Crow is a fascinating story with an awesome MC and a fast-paced storyline!