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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend review – a magical debut

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This enchanting adventure of a ‘strange little girl with black eyes’ more than holds its own against a certain H Potter. Roll on the franchise

A barrage of hype accompanies this magical debut: a film deal, a storm of foreign editions and Harry Potter comparisons galore. Happily, this supremely entertaining adventure deserves the attention. Fans of the boy wizard will find much to love here, but Nevermoor has its own charm in spades.

Morrigan Crow, a “strange little girl with black eyes”, is a cursed child, blamed for her town’s every misfortune and doomed to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. Enter the enigmatic Jupiter North, a mysterious benefactor who plots her escape from the murderous Hunt of Smoke and Shadow, whisking Morrigan to the city of Nevermoor. There, Morrigan discovers that she must compete in a series of trials for a place in the prestigious Wundrous Society, pitted against hundreds of children with exceptional talents. Morrigan, however, has yet to discover her own.

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