- "A Harry Potter-esque adventure"
- ―Time Magazine[[src]]
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is the award winning novel and first book in the Nevermoor series written by Jessica Townsend. Hachette Book Group published the book on the 10th of October 2017, and was also Jessica Townsend's first published novel.
- 1 Dedication
- 2 Book Description
- 3 Plot
- 3.1 Prologue
- 3.2 Chapter 1: The Cursed Crow
- 3.3 Chapter 2: Bid Day
- 3.4 Chapter 3: Death Comes to Dinner
- 3.5 Chapter 4: The Hunt of Smoke and Shadow
- 3.6 Chapter 5: Welcome to Nevermoor
- 3.7 Chapter 6: Morningtide
- 3.8 Chapter 7: Happy Hour at the Hotel Deucalion
- 3.9 Chapter 8: Interesting. Useful. Good.
- 3.10 Chapter 9: Wundrous Welcome
- 3.11 Chapter 10: Illegal
- 3.12 Chapter 11: The Book Trial
- 3.13 Chapter 12: Shadows
- 3.14 Chapter 13: The Chase Trial
- 3.15 Chapter 14: A Most Noble Steed
- 3.16 Chapter 15: The Black Parade
- 3.17 Chapter 16: Follow the Glow
- 3.18 Chapter 17: The Battle of Christmas Eve
- 3.19 Chapter 18: An Almost Jolly Holiday
- 3.20 Chapter 19: The Gossamer Line
- 3.21 Chapter 20: Disappearing Act
- 3.22 Chapter 21: The Show Trial
- 3.23 Chapter 22: The Mesmerist
- 3.24 Chapter 23: Foul Play
- 3.25 Chapter 24: Battle Street
- 3.26 Chapter 25: Master and Apprentice
- 3.27 Chapter 26: W.
- 4 List of Deaths
- 5 Details
- 6 Awards
- 7 Editions
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Possible Film Adaptation
- 10 Notes and References
For Sally, first guest of the Hotel Deucalion
And for Teena, who made me think I could do anything, even this
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.
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- "The journalists arrived before the coffin did."
- ―The opening line[src]
Spring of One, Ninth Age of the Wintersea Republic
Set in Spring of One, Chancellor Corvus Crow reads a statement before a crowd of reporters on the death of his daughter Morrigan Crow. The short address from the Chancellor, that is intended to give the people of the state and city peace and safety, instead leaves the reporters with doubts and uncertainties.
Chapter 1: The Cursed Crow
- "Morrigan has no need of counseling. She is a sensible enough child. She is well acquainted with her situation."
- ―Corvus Crow during the monthly meeting with the Registry Office for Cursed Children[src]
Winter of Eleven, Eighth Age of the Wintersea Republic
Set three days before the prologue, Morrigan finds the kitchen cat dead outside and knows she is to be blamed. She is a cursed child after all, causing misfortune to befall those around her. The Crow family's cook finds the girl with the cat and — grateful it was the cat rather than herself — ushers Morrigan into the house to meet with her father Corvus and her current caseworker. Morrigan notes the cook adding the cat's death to the end of a long list of other calamities before she heads into the meeting.
At the mandatory monthly meeting, the caseworker unsuccessfully tries to persuade Corvus to hire a child psychologist specializing in work with cursed children before he interrupts her, asking for the monthly list of incidents.
Chapter 2: Bid Day
- "Four Bids! Two was was uncommon and three highly unusual, but four? Unheard of!"
- ―Chaos at Town Hall on Bid Day[src]
Chapter 3: Death Comes to Dinner
- "Things happen in life all the time. Unexpected things. Things you couldn't possibly expect because they're so very... unexpected. For instance, I bet you didn't expect your so-called death to arrive three hours early."
- ―Jupiter North to Morrigan[src]
Chapter 4: The Hunt of Smoke and Shadow
- "The glowing red lights weren't lights at all. They were eyes. The eyes of men, the eyes of horses, and the eyes of hounds."
- ―The Hunt begins to take shape[src]
Chapter 5: Welcome to Nevermoor
- "Nevermoor. If it's so great, why haven't you heard of it? Truth is, Morrigan, this is the best place —the best place—in all the Unnamed Realm."
- ―Jupiter North[src]
Spring of One, Third Age of the Aristocrats
Chapter 6: Morningtide
- "We have bid a tender and triumphant farewell to the Olden Age, and now we must step boldly into the New. May it be a good and happy one. May it bring unexpected adventures."
- ―Jupiter North's toast to the New Age[src]
Chapter 7: Happy Hour at the Hotel Deucalion
- Martha: "And to happen on Morningtide, of all days! What awful luck."
- Kedgeree: "I'd say we've had splendid luck. A lobby full of people, and not a soul hurt? We can thank our lucky stars."
- — The grand chandelier crashes[src]
Chapter 8: Interesting. Useful. Good.
- Morrigan: "Forget it."
- Jupiter: "You forget it. You forget it, from this moment on. Do you understand? You are not a curse."
- — Jupiter and Morrigan discussing Morrigan's "curse"[src]
Chapter 9: Wundrous Welcome
- "From today, you are official participants in the trials for Unit 919 of the Wundrous Society. The road will be long and difficult, but perhaps — just perhaps — something wonderful awaits you at the end of it."
- ―Elder Quinn at the welcome party[src]
Chapter 10: Illegal
- "Either hand over her papers — her legitimate citizenship papers — or hand yourself over for arrest, and this filthy illegal for immediate deportation!"
- ―Inspector Flintlock[src]
Chapter 11: The Book Trial
- "Just take your time, Mog, and answer honestly."
- ―Jupiter giving last moment advice[src]
Chapter 12: Shadows
- "Shadows are shadows, Miss Crow. They want to be dark."
- ―Mr. Jones[src]
Summer of One
Chapter 13: The Chase Trial
- "The Chase Trial is not a race. Not exactly, anyway. It’s a game of strategy. You are not looking for a finish line; you are looking for a target."
- ―Chase Trial Official[src]
Chapter 14: A Most Noble Steed
- "You do realize this is a competition?'"
Chapter 15: The Black Parade
- "They wore somber expressions, their eyes straight ahead. Here and there were empty spaces, and some of the people marching carried candles — one candle for each of the departed."
- ―The Wundrous Society's Black Parade[src]
Autumn of One
Chapter 16: Follow the Glow
- "It's part of the test. You're supposed to pick the one you're drawn to."
- ―Cadence telling Morrigan and Hawthorne about the candles[src]
Chapter 17: The Battle of Christmas Eve
- Morrigan: "Who do you support? Saint Nicholas or the Yule Queen?"
- Jack: "The Yule Queen. Obviously."
- Morrigan: "I wasn't asking you."
- — Morrigan trying to ask Jupiter which Christmas figure he supports[src]
Winter of One
Chapter 18: An Almost Jolly Holiday
- "But I don't have a talent! Why am I even doing these trials when I'll never get into the Society?"
- ―Morrigan getting worried with the Show Trial around the corner[src]
Chapter 19: The Gossamer Line
- Jupiter: "Some people who rode the Gossamer Line came back sort of . . . wrong. Their bodies and minds, once parted, never perfectly reunited. They were permanently synchronized, and it drove them to madness. This is very dangerous business if you don't know what you're doing. "
- Morrigan: "I don't know what I'm doing!"
- — Explaining the volatile nature of the Gossamer Line[src]
Chapter 20: Disappearing Act
- Morrigan: "When will he be back?"
- Fen: "Didn't say."
- Morrigan: "But—but it's the last trial tomorrow. He'll be back before then, won't he?"
- — looking for Jupiter[src]
Chapter 21: The Show Trial
- "But most of all welcome to our candidates, the seventy-five brave young souls who have come so far, accomplished so much, and made my fellow Elders and me so very, very proud."
- ―Elder Quinn[src]
Chapter 22: The Mesmerist
- "Cadence Blackburn didn't just have a knack, she had a gift. A weird, mean gift. But a gift nonetheless."
- ―On Cadence placing first after her trial[src]
Chapter 23: Foul Play
- "Arrest these people, Inspector! Foul play! What was that, eh? What'd you do to the Elders? Some sort of sorcery?"
- ―Baz Charlton attempting to call out Jupiter's antics[src]
Chapter 24: Battle Street
- "It'll be crowded down there. Stay close to Fen and don't wander off."
- ―Jupiter's warning to the group heading home after the Show Trial[src]
Chapter 25: Master and Apprentice
- "You should have accepted my offer, but the truth is I don't need you to. You have already apprenticed yourself to me, simply by living past your eleventh birthday."
- ―Ezra Squall to Morrigan[src]
Chapter 26: W.
- "But it wasn't tiny. It was big—a very big promise. The promise of family, and belonging, and friendship."
- ―Morrigan's reflection on receiving her W pin[src]
List of Deaths
|Character||Killed By||Cause Of Death||Circumstances|
|Unknown number of cursed children||Ezra Squall||The Hunt of Smoke and Shadow||(Mentioned Only)
Cursed children die at midnight on Eventide as Squall wants to eliminate any potential threats to his power
|Unknown number of people at the Courage Square Massacre and the eight other Wundersmiths alive at the time.||Unknown method||(Mentioned Only)
Attack on city of Nevermoor and citizens who were said to stand against him
|2 People||Train Derailment||Squall attempting to find and exploit a weakness on the Gossamer Line|
Morrigan's Christmas presents
From Saint Nick
- Various chocolates, gingerbread, clementines, and a shiny pomegranate
- A knitted scarf that looked like a fox
- Red woolen mittens
- Pakulski's Pickled Sugarplums
- Finnegan's Faerie Tales clothbound book
- Deck of silver-backed cards
- A wooden hairbrush with a painted ballerina on the handle
- A shiny green sled
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow was "the biggest-selling Australian children's debut since records began" (Hachette Australia).
- Aurealis Awards, Best Children's Fiction - 2017
- Dymocks Book of the Year - 2018
- QBD Children's Book of the Year - 2018
- Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year - 2018
- Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year for Younger Children - 2018
- Australian Book Industry Awards, The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year - 2018
- Indie Book Awards, Book of the Year - 2018
- Indie Book Awards, Children's Category - 2018
- Australian Booksellers Association Awards, Nielsen Booksellers' Choice Award - 2018
- Waterstones Children's Book Prize (UK), Younger Fiction - 2018
- Cybils Award - Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction - 2018
- West Australian Young Readers' Book Award, Younger Readers - 2019
- Adelaide Festival Awards, Premier's Award (Best Overall Published Work) - 2020
- Adelaide Festival Awards, Children's Literature Award - 2020
- The Readings Children's Book Prize (Shortlisted) - 2018
- A CBCA Notable book
- Voted #1 in the Dymocks Kids' Top 51
- New York Times bestseller
- The book spans approximately one year
- The motto for the book was "Step Boldly"
- There are a few chapters that were edited from the final cut of the novel. These include
- "Gelding and Guile"
- "Holt, Holt & Davie"
Possible Film Adaptation
It was announced in late 2016 that 20th Century Fox had acquired the screen rights for Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow. A year later, news broke that Drew Goddard was attached to the project as a writer and producer. It is hoped that, if the first movie does well, more will follow in the series.
Some of Goddard's previous work as a writer/producer includes 2015's The Martian, Netflix's Daredevil, and hit tv series LOST.
Notes and References