The Trials of Morrigan Crow #1

written by Jessica Townsend

Lothian Books | ISBN 9780734418074



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It’s a delightful feeling when you find a book whose world you can’t wait to revisit. Australian author Jessica Townsend’s debut novel introduces us to Morrigan Crow, a girl cursed to an early demise and a scapegoat’s existence. Morrigan is swung – just before the stroke of death – into the mysterious region of Nevermoor by cheery hotelier Jupiter North, becoming his bewildered nominee for entrance into the exclusive Wundrous Society. Trials and rivalries ensue, along with a sardonic giant cat, spooky and sparkling festivities, and an enchanting hotel that morphs to suit its inhabitants. Magic, humour and invention abound in this well-paced adventure that’s an absolute treat to read.

Holly Bennett


A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut Australian 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. Born on an unlucky day, she is 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 Eventide.

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 there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: 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. Except for Morrigan, who doesn't seem to have any special talent at all.

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.