x Printed Words: Jessica Townsend Continues To Shine With "Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow"

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Jessica Townsend Continues To Shine With "Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow"

Title: Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow
Series: Nevermoor #2
Author: Jessica Townsend
Publication Date: October 30th 2018
Morrigan Crow may have defeated her deadly curse, passed the dangerous trials and joined the Wundrous Society, but her journey into Nevermoor and all its secrets has only just begun. And she is fast learning that not all magic is used for good.

Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She's hoping for an education full of wunder, imagination and discovery - but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. And someone is blackmailing Morrigan's unit, turning her last few loyal friends against her. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor?

Worst of all, people have started to go missing. The fantastical city of Nevermoor, once a place of magic and safety, is now riddled with fear and suspicion. 

Review


It has been some time between reading The Trials of Morrigan Crow and Wundersmith, but I found that, much like other great fantasy novels, it was easy to slip back into the magical world of Nevermoor and be reunited with the unpredictable and adventurous journeys of Morrigan Crow.

In my previous review of the first instalment, I listed 3 reasons as to why I loved reading it and true to the nature of this series, those 3 things are consistent in Wundersmith. To put it briefly, I complimented the wonderful world of Nevermoor, the fact that the plot is simple yet, exciting and buildable and how Townsend exists to be a writer. All these still ring true. 

Wundersmith continues on with Morrigan’s new-found life in Nevermoor at the Wundrous Society. However, much like most of Morrigan’s life, there's always some form of obstacle that arises to challenge her existence. These obstacles are found in both Morrigan's school life and her wider community, which allowed for me to discover new magical skills and areas within the world that I found added to the depth of the world-building. Beyond adding adventure to the plot, Townsend is also able to utilise the different challenges Morrigan has to grapple with to explore the important notions of friendship, loyalty, discrimination and acceptance. I liked that whilst it was written for a younger readers, Townsend still managed to address these topics in an impactful way that resonated with me, who is much older than her target audience.

What I didn't touch on much during The Trials of Morrigan Crow's review is the characters. It's actually hard not to love, or at least enjoy, all the characters in this series. Each character has a unique quirk, something that makes them memorable, whether a major or minor character. There were new characters that added to the world-building, including Morrigan's classmates and teachers/staff members. It really came down to the way that Townsend writes her characters - the physical descriptions, personality and character arc - which makes it so enjoyable to learn about them.

I am so excited to get my hands on the 3rd instalment that’s due to come out in August this year. Middle grade will always have a huge part in my heart and it’s series like this that make it so. If you enjoy the likes of The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland and yes Harry Potter I am positive you will enjoy joining Morrigan on her adventures in Nevermoor.  


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