Wundersmith | Jessica Townsend | Review

“One thing you all should know about me: I’ve got very high biscuit standards.”





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…


I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH. Why am I not able to give it more than 5 stars?

This is my second time reading this book and I think I loved it more than when I read it the first time. When I read Nevermoor I remember thinking that nothing would live up to that book, but Wundersmith definitely did. I feel like I actually enjoyed it more and I didn’t think that possible.

Wundersmith just made me fall deeper in love with this fantastic, whimsical, beautiful world. Along with the wonderful characters and magic system that comes along with it. I actually read this 400 page book in less that 24 hours and it would have in one sitting if I wasn’t made to be sociable (I know awful circumstances). I am pretty sure the first time I read this book I also read it in one sitting. You just cannot put it down once you begin.

I know this is very controversial as not a lot of people agree but I definitely get the feeling reading this book as I did when I read Harry Potter. Whilst I do not think they compare, I think the feeling of entering this magical world and discovering more and more is an experience that I can only liken to Harry Potter. This book will always have a special place in my heart. It also has an air of A Series of Unfortunate Events as well … I think Morrigans trate has a lot tot do with this. I honestly feel that Townsend is slowly collecting all of my favourite childhood series and incorporating them into her own fantastic world.

I feel like there was far more action in this, however very much a stop gap book to build on for more action in its sequel. Do I think the series could do without this book without very little impact? Yes. Would I like this series to be without this book? Absolutely not. I feel like this was very much an expansion on Nevermoor to set the read up for what is to come and I am completely okay with this.

The ending took me by surprise as I genuinely didn’t see it coming. I feel embarrassed saying this considering it was a middle grade book. I think I was so absorbed with everything else that it didn’t give me time to think what would happen at the end. This is definitely the sign of a good book. Rereading this series in January has really got me excited for Hollowpox in August. If you have not picked up this series you really need to, you will not regret it.

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