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  • Written by: Jessica Townsend
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Written by: Jessica Townsend
Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
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Publisher's Summary

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

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 11th 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.

Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of listeners.

©2017 Jessica Townsend (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"The magical elements are well-written and clever...but the core of this novel lies in Morrigan's realization of her own value, of being a person worth attention and affection. A dark, mystical, and emotional look at a girl who has a complex relationship with magic in a sophisticated and lushly described world." ( The Bulletin)

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Quick, Fun and Magical Read

I want to start off this review by saying that this story strongly resembles Harry Potter. That is the reason I only gave the story a 3.5 star, I did not find it overly original. That being said I sped through this story in one sitting. I am already an avid Harry Potter fan so I did enjoy this story and the similarities did not bother me. That being said there were a lot of parts during the story where I could not deny the similarities between the two books. Nevermoor like Harry Potter has a great selection of supporting characters. I enjoyed all of the supporting characters and found that they added a refreshing touch to the story. If you are not eager to read a story that resembles Harry Potter then I would at least read Nevermoor for the characters. There was not a single character that I thought was poorly executed. I particularly adored Jupiter North, Fenestra and Hawthorn! I loved hearing the dialogue between Morgan and these characters. I would definitely say that the versatility and range of different characters that are presented in this story was my favourite aspect of the book. With all this being said I would still recommend this book despite the similarities to Harry Potter. It was a fun quick read and the last half of the book was exciting. I want to preface this review by saying that I am 25 years old Woman and I still enjoyed the story. I think that this book is a cute middle-grade story. While deciding whether to give this book a listen too I thought that it would be too young for me and I would not enjoy the story. With that being said I still enjoyed it. Overall, Nevermoor was a mix of some of my favourite middle-grade books. It reminded me not just of Harry Potter but Alice and Wonderland and slightly of the Hunger Games (the trials). I found Gemma Whelan's performance as the Narrator my favourite part of listening to this book. She does a great job with the different voices she uses for the different characters and was extremely engaging. Overall, I think that Wundersmith (book 2) will be better as a large portion of Nevermoor is setting the scene and creating the world. I will definitely listen to book 2 as I think that this series does have a lot of potentials and I am eager to see how Townsend expands on the world and the characters. I would definitely recommend listening to this book!



******I just finished the second book Wundersmith and I wanted to come back and edit this review. Definitely, read Nevermoor because Townsend expands on the world in the second book and the similarities to Harry Potter that bothered me in Nevermoor are non-existent in Wundersmith. This series has amazing potential and I will definelty continue to read it.*****

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Great!

I really enjoyed this YA fantasy novel and especially loved the narrator Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy from GoT). I love when I'm listening to a book and it inspires me to find things to clean so that I have an excuse to listen, and I don't even like cleaning! My house is spotless right now!

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Why'd do you hate Cadence???

Overall this audiobook is fantastic. I adore the book itself, and Gemma Whelan mostly does a wonderful job reading... with the unfortunately notable exception of Cadence's character. For some reason, Whelan gave Cadence this low voiced lisp and makes her sound really unintelligent. I love Cadence's character and found it distracting and annoying. I'm hoping that this is altered at least somewhat in the second book where she is a more prominent character, because it marred an otherwise delightful audiobook experience.

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So bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad ah so bad grr ugh rr unh

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Love This Series

I stumbled upon this series. It is wonderful. I absolutely love it. I bought the entire collection for my mother and she is reading it for the 3rd time. I cannot wait for the next book.

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❤️👌

This book was great I was hooked all the way 😊 great narrator and story 👌 love

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Wunderful

Loved every second of it and the narration really brought the characters to life. A wunderful listen.

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Best YA since Harry Potter

What more to say. Marvelous story. Twists and turns. Young good faces complex evil. A world of ambiguous good groups and very interesting bad ones. Can’t wait for story to continue.

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Fantastic! A Dream of a Book

This book is delightful. I’m buying it for my friends, grown-up and children alike. And the narration is divine.

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An absolutely amazing audiobook.

Both the story and voice acting of this book are as close to perfection as one can get. A great family book.

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