Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow – Jessica Townsend

“Morrigan Crow leapt from the Brolly Rail, teeth chattering, hands frozen around the end of her oilskin umbrella.”

(As per usual, vague spoilers for events in book 1 just by mention of how the second starts, and with what characters – read on at your peril!)

Following from the events in The Trials of Morrigan Crowour titular heroine is settling into life in the wonderful land of Nevermoor. We ended book 1 with her acceptance into the Wundrous Society, so now her education begins. But, the residents of Nevermoor have been taught to fear Wundersmiths, and Morrigan’s teachers are determined to school her in the evils committed by her predecessors. Can Morrigan prove that she belongs in WunSoc? Will her secret get out – and make her former life as a ‘cursed’ child seem pleasant in comparison?

And in the wider community, are a series of mysterious disappearances linked? The new WunSoc class are discovering new marvels of their town, twisty lanes and secret railroads. But they also have to face dark myths, creatures made out of old bones, and a horrible market that wouldn’t hesitate to sell sentient ‘wunimals’, or a person’s ‘knack’…!

Although aimed at a younger audience (than me ;)) I absolutely loved the first book in this series. The mix of magic and wonder and a healthy dollop of danger makes for a great adventure. Book 2 picks that up excellently, growing the story organically and still making Nevermoor feel very much like a place I’d like to visit.

Bring on book 3 – and 4, 5, and oh so many more?! Fingers crossed 🙂

Library Paperback: 404 pages / 29 chapters
First published: 2018
Series: Nevermoor book 2
Read from 9th-16th November 2019

My rating: 8/10

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