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Wundersmith

Wundersmith

The Calling of Morrigan Crow

Book - 2018 | First U.S. edition.
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Morrigan Crow and her best friend Hawthorne Swift are now proud scholars in the elite Wundrous Society, but life is far from perfect. Does Morrigan have what it takes to prove that she belongs in the Society?
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316508926
9780316508919
0316508918
Branch Call Number: TOWNS
Characteristics: 525 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Madsen, Jim 1964-- Illustrator
Alternative Title: Calling of Morrigan Crow

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AMB_4
Apr 16, 2021

Every now and then we start a series, love it, but for whatever reason it slips through our notice. Morrigan Crow was like this.

After Morrigan makes it into the Wundrous Society, with only a few key Elders and supporters knowing she's the first Wundersmith in decades, she prepares to go to "school" at Wunsoc, which segregates students into magical and non-magical courses. Morrigan, who can't openly say she's a Wundersmith, is placed into one non-magical class -- the history of Wundersmiths, as told by a Wunimal professor who has a very dim view of Wundersmiths and all they've ever done, throughout all of history.

It's all very depressing, especially when the other winners of the trials -- Cadence, who only Morrigan can seem to remember, enthusiastic Hawthorne, Anah, Francis, Mahir, Thaddea, Archan and Lambeth (an oracle) -- all talk about their awesome classes on the Home Train to and from school.

Then the school's Magnificat (kitten) goes missing. Added to an angel who's missing from the beginning of the story, and the little brother of a Wunsoc student who also vanishes, and you know something nefarious is afoot.

Morrigan gets one more class added to her schedule, a Nevermoor navigation course with a really nice, helpful professor, and she rushes head-long into the curriculum. She pushes through a tricky alley to end up at the Ghastly Market, a ghoulish, revolving location where magical people, Wunimals and animals (the Magnificat) are captured, sold to the highest bidders and drained of their knacks by their new owners.

It's up to Morrigan to figure out what's going on, when her Wundersmith professor is abducted and her mentor's angel friend disappears. More importantly, she has to figure out who set events in motion and why the Wunder is gathering around her in explosive amounts.

Hint: Expect her nemesis from the first book, Ezra Squall, the only other living Wundersmith, to have a hand in this, somehow, even if it does spiral a bit out of his control.

This was a fun, quick read and extension of the first book!

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SmartJay38
Aug 23, 2020

The second book Wundersmith is just as good as the first book and Morrigan Crow is definitely my favorite character in the Nevermoor series.

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DracAthos
Jun 18, 2020

This second book of Morrigan Crow was just as enchanting as the first one.
Morrigan and her unit 919 are introduced to their new lives in either the School of Mundane or Arcane.
As Morrigan progresses through the school year, she learns more about Wundersmiths and their history.
I love the writing style. The author engages you right from the beginning. She keeps you turning the page, wanting to know more about the mysteries of Wundrous Society (WunSoc)
There is so much exciting world building going. More knacks are introduced, more beasts and more traitorous characters.
Throughout it all, you learn the power of best friends and finding yourself.
Highly recommend for anyone who loves rich fantastical series.

I can't wait for Hollowpox!

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Kindblade88
Jan 09, 2020

I fell in love with the main character, Morrigan Crow, and the series with book one, Nevermoor. After finishing book two, Wundersmith, I'M HOOKED. I really couldn't put this book down, I had to keep reading to find out more and more! I can't wait for the 3rd book to come out now. Reminds me of the joys I felt reading Harry Potter as a kid. And now I can read the Nevermoor series with my daughter. A youth fantasy must-read that even adults will enjoy!

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violet_gorilla_79
Nov 04, 2020

"Cook used to tell stories about angels. The Angel of Death, the Angel of Mercy, the Angel of Ruined Dinners . . ." - Morrigan

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