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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
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Critic Reviews

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Constance Jenkins on 03-18-18

A bit over-hyped but still a good read

Disclaimer, this book is aimed at middle school and I am an adult. This review, then, is really geared toward adults.

I had heard how wonderful this book was and heard phrases like "the next Harry Potter".

It isn't. Well it might reach the same level of commercial success, but it is not of the same quality as the Potter books. I think it might even be unfair to this book to make the comparison.

It is actually a very good book. it doesn't have the depth or the well developed characters of Potter, but it is a good read with humor and adventure a plenty. The characters are likeable (or despicable in the case of the villians) but without much depth.

My only read complaint is that Morrigan is supposed to be eleven years old but comes off as much older. It makes the occasional really poor child-like decisions she makes jarring. It really is a minor enough quibble.

I did enjoy the book, even as an adult, and will very likely read the next.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Paula S on 03-22-18

Amazing story!

I’ll have to admit this story started slowly and I was a bit confused at first. However, it picks up quickly and is a wonderful tale of Morrigan Crow and how she discovers where she really belongs and who she considers her family. She does go through some angst and anxiety as to how she is going to ultimately stay in her new home but she does discover how wondrous she can be in the end.

I loved the mixture of magic and the elimination trials throughout the story. It’s the right amount of both that makes it a grand adventure to read.

I’m looking forward to the next book and I hope Gemma Whelan reads it as well....she was masterful at reading this book and all the voices she used for the characters was masterful!

Thank you Jessica Townsend for a great book!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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