Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Review

Title: Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow
Author: Jessica Townsend
Series: Nevermoor #2
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Publication Date: 30 October 2018
Source: Pan Macmillan South Africa
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 404
Rating: 4 Stars
Reading Timeline: 02 March 2019 - 05 March 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:

Wunder is gathering in Nevermoor ...

Morrigan Crow may have defeated her deadly curse, passed the dangerous trials and joined the mystical 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...

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I loved the first book in this series. I cannot wait to jump into this book and see what new adventures Morrigan goes on.

Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with an ARC of this book! Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review, I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinions in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

Much like in the first book, the writing just pulls you in. I found myself flipping through the pages because the writing was easy to get into. The dialogue was just as funny and engrossing. I really liked how descriptive the writing was. The descriptions helped to build the world of Nevermoor and also helped to create an immersive experience.

Plot Thoughts:

The plot of this book seemed to gravitate more towards the relationship that Morrigan had with her unit and the lack of development of her powers. Although this book had some adventures and some nail-biting moments, it wasn't as much as the first book. A lot of seemed to consist of Morrigan going through her boring classes whilst the rest of the unit seemed to be having a ball of a time. The true action for me truly began in the last 100 pages of the book. However, despite the lack of action in the majority of the book, as readers, we are able to learn more about Nevermoor and the Wundrous Society.

Character Thoughts:

The introduction to new characters in this book allowed for some character growth to occur in Morrigan. We see her focus go from attempting to please everyone and find a family, to focusing on herself. Morrigan is given the heavy burden of what people believe Wundersmith's to be. She turns her focus both inward to herself and outward to show that she has no ill intentions. I liked how Hawthrone continued to believe the best in her. It showed how deep his friendship ran.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Whilst it did lack the captivation of the first book, this was still a great second novel. As readers, we are pulled into the world of Morrigan Crow once more by the writing and we are engrossed by everything that befalls Morrigan. This is truly a fantastic adventure for both young and old readers. Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book!

Yours in Reading,


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