I’ve been seeing Nevermoor around for the past year and it was one of these books I knew I would like before it started. I also knew nothing more than the fact that Morrigan Crow is meant to die on the day of her 11th birthday, which is when she’s whisked away by Jupiter North.
What took me by surprise:
- How dark and dreary Morrigan’s life was before Jupiter and Nevermoor. The way her father treated her, because she had an “expiration date” making her not worth of the investment, was infuriating and heart-breaking. I could smash this dude’s head in 2. I just wanted Morrigan to get her voice heard and get the love she deserves.
- The bidding system. I thought that was an interesting way of creating an uneasy feeling during the trials. It also set up the “adversaries” and enhanced the relationships between some patrons and candidates. Clearly, some patrons are treating this as a profession, picking children they can take advantage of, while others feel a bond with their candidates. It was also a great way to show how kids are often reduced to the strength/value of their ‘knacks’.
What I enjoyed immensely:
- Fenestra. Oh my god, Fen is the selling point to everyone to whom I recommend this book. She’s a giant cat, and she’s grumpy and hates people. She’s pretty much me. She also comes through when she’s has to, and is a deeply loyal friend to Jupiter.
- Morrigan’s PTSD depiction and the way everyone surrounding her in Nevermoor is trying to build her back up.
- Jupiter’s knack and his withholding of Mog’s real knack. I thought it only made sense to him to protect her the same way he is trying to protect Jack.
- Morrigan correcting Jupiter every time he caller her Mog.
- Morrigan’s fearlessness and sharp mind despite her anxiety.
- Character development and how the relationships evolved rather naturally.
- The set-up for the next book and the explanation of the curse.
- The trials, especially the fright trial.
What more I would have liked to see:
- The Wundersmith. That said, I appreciate that it would result in a more convoluted and longer book. We’d also lose the delicate balance the book currently has.
The Wundersmith is already on my Kindle for January.
PS: I really like what’s happening with Cadence. There’s a lot of character development potential there, and I think we’re already starting to tap into it.