A blogger reviews: Nevermoor

The paperback edition of the second book in the Nevermoor series, Wundersmith, is out now! 

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Read all about the magic of this incredible series by Jessica Townsend in this review by The Little Mouse that Reads. For more book news from the Little Mouse you can follow her here:

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Review by The Little Mouse that Reads

“They’re supposed to wriggle,” said Jupiter, noticing he look of disgust. “Wriggly things taste better.”

From the moment I leapt into the Arachnipod alongside Morrigan Crow and was whisked away to a wonderfully imaginative and utterly rich world called Nevermoor, I was hooked.




From the beginning of this fantastical tale I was immediately enthralled by the young lady of Crow Manor. When I first picked up this book, I was skeptical. I have not read middle grade for many many years (other than the occasional Harry Potter re-read) and so I was unsure whether or not I would enjoy this book or relate to the characters at all.


Morrigan Crow is a cursed child, the cursed child we all deserve. She is unlucky and walks under a permanent rain cloud until the wonderful and enigmatic Jupiter North arrives on Morrigan’s last day on earth to whisk her away to a land filled with vampire dwarves, giant cats and dragon riding, eye-patch wearing best friends.

Jessica Townsend’s sincere and completely compelling writing draws the reader in and only spits them out once they get to the acknowledgements. Her characters are bright, vibrant and super unique. The setting is magical without being over the top. When reading about the interesting and mysterious hotel, the winding Brolly Rail and the city over Christmas Time I feel at home and at ease.

I love Hawthorne, Morrigan’s best friend. He is so supportive and accepts Morrigan for what she is. Jack is the typical enemy at the beginning but over a heartwarming Christmas, they grow closer to one another. Their friendship is the perfect example of the friends to enemies trope that we all know and love.

Jupiter becomes Morrigan’s father figure and is loving and caring towards her, which is the total opposite of Corvus Crow, her real father.

The storyline of this novel reminds me a lot of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Just like Harry, Morrigan has to prove her worth by competing in a series of life changing trials that test her strength and bravery. These trials are exquisitely written. They flow seamlessly with the rest of the story and don’t feel out of place. I especially enjoyed reading the Fright Trial which was brilliantly written and perfectly executed.


I would highly recommend this book to anyone of all ages. I cannot wait to read the sequel, Wundersmith, and I am excited to see the cover of the 3rd book.

Thank you Pan Macmillan for sending me this super fun and engaging middle grade book! I really enjoyed reading it.


by Jessica Townsend

Book cover for Nevermoor



International bestselling series.
Enter the fantastically Wundrous world of Morrigan Crow and Nevermoor - perfect for all adventurous young readers.

"Exciting, mysterious, marvellous and magical ... quite simply one of the best children's books I've read in years" - Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike

"An extraordinary story full of magics great and small" - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars

"Endlessly inventive, with a fresh delight on every page. Nevermoor rewrites the genre of the Chosen Child novel. This is a special book" - David Solomons, author of My Brother is a Superhero

"A full-speed joy of a book; funny, quick-footed, and wildly, magically inventive" - Katherine Rundell, author of Rooftoppers

"A wonderful, warm-hearted magical adventure" - Sunday Express

"Funny and delightful" - The Sunday Times

Morrigan Crow is cursed, destined to die on her eleventh birthday. But, as the clock strikes midnight, she's whisked away by a remarkable man called Jupiter North and taken to the secret city of Nevermoor.

There she's invited to join the Wundrous Society. Mystery, magic and protection are hers - if only she can pass four impossible trials, using an exceptional talent. Which she doesn't have...

Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and His Dark Materials, this series takes readers into an extraordinary world, setting hope and imagination alive.


by Jessica Townsend

Book cover for Wundersmith


Return to the magical world of Nevermoor, where Morrigan Crow's adventures continue

'An extraordinary story full of magics great and small' Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS

Morrigan may have defeated her deadly curse, passed the dangerous trials and joined the mystical Wundrous Society, but her journey into Nevermoor and all its secrets has only just begun. And it's important to remember that not all magic is used for good . . .

Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and His Dark Materials, this series takes readers into an extraordinary world, setting hope and imagination alive.

"Extraordinary world-building" Guardian

"Masterful storytelling, twisty plotting, a thrilling magical world and universally importsnt themes ... idefal reading for anyone who loves Harry Potter" Booktrust

"This has light and dark, twists, inventiveness and big themes of prejudice and resistance" The Sunday Times

"The perfect series for young Harry Potter fans" Irish Independent

"Townsend is a brilliantly suspenseful storyteller who never lets the pace slacken" The Daily Telegraph