Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2

by

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2 Reviews | Toppsta

Book Rating: 5 based on 7
7 Reviews
Write a Review

Morrigan Crow's adventures in the magical world of Nevermoor continue . . . The most anticipated sequel of the year - a treat for all fans of magic and 'wunder'. A stunningly designed package - with silver foil, hidden artwork under the jacket and beautifully designed interiors - a perfect gift for all young readers.

'An extraordinary story full of magics great and small' Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS

Imagination, discovery and friendship await Morrigan Crow when she escapes her deadly curse and joins the Wundrous Society. It promises her protection and belonging for life - but then Morrigan doesn't receive the welcome she hoped for... Morrigan is a much-feared Wundersmith. So, instead of the Society helping Morrigan to embrace her power, she is only taught that all Wundersmiths are evil and she must suppress her mysterious ability at all costs. To make things worse, Nevermoor is quickly turning from a place of safety into one of danger. Society members are going missing, someone is blackmailing Morrigan's new friends, turning them against her. And Ezra Squall, the evillest man who ever lived, is determined to lure Morrigan from the Society by promising to reveal the true nature of the Wunder that calls to her, which is becoming ever harder to resist... Has Morrigan's dream of escaping her cursed life ended before it truly began? Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and His Dark Materials, this series takes readers into an extraordinary world, setting hope and imagination alive. NEVERMOOR - WINNER OF THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2018 YOUNGER FICTION CATEGORY AND RED MAGAZINE'S BIG BOOK 'BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK (7-12)' AWARD

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2 Reviews | Toppsta

9781510104440

Share on

First Line

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

Sign up to our newsletter for...

Free Book Giveaways, Recommendations & more

10th November '18
RFiglet read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2 9781510104440
5 stars
I loved it - I am a very quick reader but I read it about three hours!!! I would totally recommend it for all 10 - 14 year old children who love a fascinating and exciting adventure. (But I would recommend reading the first book in the series (Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow) before reading this one or it won't make much sense!) I loved the fascinating difference to our world with peculiar public transport systems and giant talking cats and party-planning vampire-dwarfs and secret alleys that can hang you upside-down by your ankles. I loved all the different personalities of the characters from Morrigan's introverted, slightly pessimistic attitude to Hawthorne's ridiculous enthusiasm for absolutely everything and his hilariously mischevious nature. Every single character had something different, exciting, unusual or fascinating about them making it constantly intresting and exciting.There aren't really any illustrations (apart from the cover and the start of the chapter) or photographs. This book is an exciting adventure mystery filled with amazing characters, places and things. Read this book! Join Morrigan on her quest to conquer her powers and find missing people and uncover the mystery blackmailers! This is one of my favourite books and I absolutely could not put it down!!!
17th November '18
Westy10 read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2 9781510104440
5 stars
I really enjoyed this book . It's a masterpiece , from the cover art to the wondrous ideas enclosed . 

This is the second book in a series , and I love the way it completely takes on the new pathway the author lays out , yet still connects itself enough to the first one to make those who read it feel like it was worth it . This book sets a grueling pace for itself from the very beginning , but that's not issue as I felt drawn to the world of Morrigan crow . The whole thing is intricately crafted and its most certainly a world full and already there , not just made as the vessel for the characters to ride on together . And that's what it is . Together . The characters are so well made , all these crazy people still fit in and interact in a way that feels so natural . Not to say anyone steals the lime light from Morrigan . She is bold , brave and so very much her own , not tangled up in any kind of pre-set path that these tween/teenagers seem to take . I love her character , all the way down to the way she appears to question things , dark things , the stuff shes not supposed to say , and I love how I can talk about Morrigan like this because she is in no way artificial , not just a character . 

If the first book can be compared to the first harry potter book , this one can fits with a latter book . Having introduced a great world , it now adds layers of darkness . It is these layers of darkness that perhaps heighten the age rating from that of the first book , maybe from 8 or 9 to 10 or 11 . But still , this book gets a jolly good rating from me ! 
12th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2 9781510104440
5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this amazing book. The characters were really great and varied the book filled me with lots of interest and excitement. This book would appeal to both older children and adults.

The book met my expectations and I would recommend it to everyone to read. Wundersmith is an excellent sequel and was just as fantastic as the first book. It was nice to emerge myself in the bizarre world and to continue the adventures of Morrigan Crow. Wundersmith is a slightly more mature version of nevermoor. Wundersmith is more longer and slower paced with darker and complex themes and situations. It was lovely to see the introduction of some new unique and interesting characters.
6th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2 9781510104440
5 stars
I absolutely LOVED this book! 

There is so much richness in this book, there's humour ('Neheran Dunas Flor'!) and surprise, there's battling inner demons and outer villains, singing angels and fire breathing, fear, frustration and a struggle to find ones place, its an immensely amazing novel .
I love the fact that Townsend has layered meaning within her novel, that you can take as deep as you wish, a rip roaring story or commentary about attitudes to the 'other' (particularly in this novel to 'outsiders' and those in Nevermoor illegally) and about being true to oneself even if it causes upset to those in authority, this is the kind of book children NEED to read to believe in themselves. 
I also adore the fact this book avoids stereotypical tropes of crushes and romance, Morrigan isn't distracted from her self development by falling into the tween-teen romance trap, Morrigan is the centre of her own universe and this is empowering and so refreshing. In particular I love that there is so far no hint of romance nor gender preference because this shows readers that there particularly can be male-female friendships that are meaningful, deep and still platonic especially through Morrigan and Hawthorne.
There is also an earthy sense of immersion in the streets of Nevermoor because Townsend has devoted just as much attention to creating Nevermoor as she has to her characters.

This is comfortable and familiar storytelling territory but with a quirky cool edge, a female protagonist who is real and flawed, gets angry, messes up but endeavours to be true to herself and so Morrigan is a great protagonist for children to identify with and get behind. 
23rd October '18
G read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2 9781510104440
5 stars
This is Jessica Townsend’s second novel, the follow up instalment to wunderous ‘Nevermoor’. 
It is a mystery, adventure and friendship story. The lovely jacket cover and hard cover are illustrated by Beatriz Castro.

Morrigan Crow lives in the Deucalion with her patron jupiter north and is a first year scholar in the wondrous society.  She is a Wundersmith, that is normally bad...but she is good!  Her supposed ‘brothers and sisters’ for life, all turn against her and instead of the wonderous society making her feel welcome, sadly she feels guilty and angry at being a Wundersmith...and as if things weren’t bad enough, society members are going missing and someone is blackmailing her and her unit! 

The most hated Wundersmith, Ezra Squall, is giving her lessons are trying to lure her away from the Society...promising to teach her the things she needs to know...is her life in jeopardy!??

I think you probably need to read Nevermoor first, to fully understand the storyline...you really should it’s great! 

I loved Wundersmith, it made me so happy reading it. Perfect for 10+ 
18th November '18
Layla123 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2 9781510104440
5 stars
After reading book 1 I pre ordered this one (book 2), it didn’t disappoint! It was easily as good as the first one, I loved every minute of reading this book. These 2 books are at the front of my book shelf and will be for quite some time.
13th November '18
Madmoo read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2 9781510104440
5 stars
I really liked this book and thought that it was really great. It was a lot longer book than I was expecting but once I got reading it I was enjoying it so much that I finished it in no time. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t understand the book as I hadn’t read the first one in the series but I soon caught up with what was happening in this one. The characters are so wonderfully well described that I really would recommend this book to anybody who is considering reading it.
Show More (0)

About Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia but has dipped in and out of London life over the past decade, tucking the best and strangest parts of the city into the corners of her brain for future fictional use. She was previously a copywriter and the editor of a children's wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Her pet fascinations...

More about Jessica Townsend

Ratings

    5 stars
  • (7 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)