I have seen so many books termed as the next potter, the next hunger games, the next gone girl , even to my horror the next girl on the train (why do you want to be the next of a horrible book is beyond me) that I avoid these “next” books like plague.
But when I came across this book the plotline seemed intriguing, after reading the sample chapters on amazon, I know I had to get it. Let us see what it is all about…..
“Enter the Wundrous world of Morrigan Crow and Nevermoor – the most fantastical children’s release of the year.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 eleventh 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 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 – 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 and confront her deadly fate once and for all.
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.”
Let us start with what did not went well with me , and will keep the good parts for later like dessert.
- The blurb, it spoils half the plot.
- The editing, my paperback was 374 pages long. It could have been 250 pages long without any major loss of plot.
- The mentor of the protagonist (Jupiter North) could have been a little less Dumbledore-y , the villain little less Vold-y 😛
Now the good parts
- What a gorgeous detailed world building. Absolutely brilliant.
- Character development of supporting ones need more detailing in the next books, but the main character, Morrigan Crow is absolutely brilliant. A witty, sassy darling girl despite the apparent misfortune.
- There is a recent trend in YA literature to be too much politically correct, thankfully this is without such artificial things.
- The last twist was fantastic.
Well this will remind you of Harry Potter at times but is nowhere near the brilliance of Potter universe. But if you read without that Himalayan expectation it is a nice read.
My Goodreads rating : 4/5