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Review: Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow: Nevermoor 3 by Jessica Townsend

January 31, 2021

About the Book:

Strange things are happening Nevermoor…

Morrigan Crow and her friends have survived their first year as proud scholars of the elite Wundrous Society, helped bring down the nefarious Ghastly Market, and proven themselves loyal to Unit 919. Now Morrigan faces a new, exciting challenge: to master the mysterious Wretched Arts of the Accomplished Wundersmith, and control the power that threatens to consume her.

But a strange illness has taken hold of Nevermoor, turning its peaceable Wunimals into mindless, vicious unnimals on the hunt. As victims of the Hollowpox multiply, panic spreads. And with the city she loves in a state of fear, Morrigan quickly realises it is up to her to find a cure for the Hollowpox, even if it will put her – and the rest of Nevermoor – in more danger than ever before . . .

My Thoughts:

Oh. Oh yes. If you are already reading this series then I don’t need to convince you to start. Because you will be in love with it already. If you haven’t started this series… What on earth are you doing? The first book of the series is Nevermoor. Get it and read it now!

This is a review of the third book in the series. Hollowpox: The hunt for Morrigan Crow. The story picks up where book two left off. Morrigan, at last, is studying the Wretched Arts and as with everything she has discovered, there is more involved than meets the eye. But bubbling away in the background something horrible, something ghastly, is happening. An illness is spreading throughout the Free State and it is infecting Wunimals, turning them from peaceful and talented citizens to mindless furious creatures unable to control their behaviour, hurting themselves and anyone around them.

Morrigan Crow is such a fabulous main character. Alone and lonely for so long, afraid of her knack and what it means for her and all of Nevermoor, she is at long last feeling accepted and a part of something greater. Her 919 teammates are her family now that the trust exercise is over and the ghastly market has been destroyed. Unit 919 are told the secrets of the Wonderous Society and now that they are in on the secret they are put to work. That’s not all, Morrigan is finally being taught her knack. At long last she is truly happy. There’s a third school and it is all for her! Learning about her knack becomes a bit of an obsession. Her total focus on her studies means less time for her friends, but hey, it’s her studies, focusing on her schoolwork must be good, right? And at last she is learning there might be a good side to being a Wundersmith. She is starting to get her powers under control and everything is going along swimmingly…

Her friendships and relationships are flourishing. Her patron Jupiter North is as caring and wonderful as ever (if very busy and always distracted). The Hotel Deucalian is as bright and madly entertaining as always, though its mood-swings make it suddenly unpredictable when it enters the “Mad Sulk”. The inhabitants are as loving, obsessive, erratic and eccentric as they have ever been, and of course, there is the fabulous Fenestra – the Magnificat – a classic cat who is both protective and standoffish. You don’t want to get on her bad side! (Fen is one of my absolute favourite characters.)

But there is darkness on the horizon. A virus is spreading and it is infecting the glorious Wunimals. Before long all of the Free State is affected, drawing Morrigan out of her studies and into a dangerous world. There must be a way to save her friends. But will the solution she discovers make matters worse for everyone?

This book, this entire series, is like a starburst of primary colours. Every description, word, emotion, location and action simply explodes with colour, light and life. This is a gloriously clever world and it just keeps getting better! Jessica Townsend is a gift to children’s literature. This series is the perfect series to read and share. For yourself and for your children. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

You can read my reviews of book one Nevermoor and book two Wundersmith here.

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