BOOK REVIEW
TITLE: Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow
AUTHOR: Jessica Townsend
PUBLISHER: Hachette
GENRE: Fantasy Fiction
REVIEWER: Abbey Parker

Prepare yourself to be caught in the whimsical fantasy world of The Wunderous Society. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow is the gripping second book in the Nevermoor series.

In this fast-flowing book that you can never put down, the story of Morrigan Crow continues as she constantly faces the never-ending suspicion from her so-called brothers and sisters in the Wunderous Society. The book centres around the feelings of the main character Morrigan, whilst exploring real-life issues like friendship, bullying and acceptance. Whilst the novel may be fiction, many themes in the book are relatable because of author Jessica Townsend’s ability to define characters in such a way that it feels like they are telling you the story face-to-face. Morrigan may be in the safety of the Wunderous Society now, but every day she is faced with new problems, tasks and, of course, Professor Onstald’s one boring class. She can definitely feel the segregation between her and all the other members of Unit 919. With everyone else believing she has no reason to be in the Wunderous Society, she starts to think that maybe she doesn’t deserve to be there and have the amazing opportunities of wonder and surprises.

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow may have magic and be about a fantasy world in another realm, but some of the raw emotions and situations are relatable and realistic.

The way that this book has been written will pull the heartstrings. Morrigan will connect with readers in different ways, depending on their personal experiences. Morrigan Crow was able to persevere, no matter what was thrown at her. Even though everyone thought she didn’t deserve to be in the Wunderous Society and have a series of challenging experiences, she never gave up. Her story is inspiring to anyone who may be facing tough times. With Morrigan so courageous and confident, it has lessons everyone can learn from.

 

This book was a page-turning and suspenseful novel that, once you picked it up, you could not put it down. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow is best suited for
8–14-year-olds due to its intrigue and concepts that it explores. I give this book 8 ½ out of 10, as Jessica Townsend allows the reader to easily connect with the characters, and be hooked into the storyline and Morrigan’s adventures. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow is a gripping book that speaks of loneliness and friendship along with courage and fear, and all readers will be begging to read the third and final book of this thrilling Nevermoor series.

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