Book Review: Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

Book 2 in The Nevermoor Series

Published in 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Fiction

Page Count: 404

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

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?

My Review:

This was so good, definitely every bit as exciting as it’s predecessor! And the character development was so delightful, honestly! Morrigan progressed so brilliantly from the first book just being faced with the cliffhanger of the revelation that was revealed in Nevermoor, and ahh what she learnt (and the reader too), I was just on tenderhooks throughout!

The world building too, was phenomenal! I loved every aspect, from learning about past Wundersmiths, to how the power of Wunder is a true, hungry, driving force, demanding only to consume it’s holder, and ensuring that the Wundersmith themselves go through unbelievable aspects of power! It was just so captivating to read about and I definitely feel like I’m processing everything still!

I just adore Jupiter, too, I love how dear he holds Morrigan, and he always cares about Morrigan’s safety, and the way they just light up when they see one another, and how Morrigan would love to vent her frustrations about being excluded from certain things, but when Jupiter returns from those mysterious absences she’s just so happy to see him, my heart!

Hawthorne! He and Morrigan just had such a loyal friendship too, Hawthorne standing by Morrigan when her other scholars would judge her, although I must say I was exceptionally pleased with Cadance’s character development, and her unexpected friendship with Morrigan, it was just a lot of fun to see these two work together, getting justice for those that have been cruelly taken! Just reading about what some of the Wuninals had been through was so cruel! Speaking of which though, I need all of the

If you haven’t read this book, or if you’ve been waiting to, I definitely advocate picking them up! They’re such exciting, refreshing middle grade fantasy books, and I’m definitely excited for book 3, I can’t wait to see where everything will lead up to, but I know it’ll be epic!

Happy Reading,


Add Wundersmith and its predecessor, Nevermoor, to your Goodreads TBR:



Also, find my review on ‘Nevermoor’ here:

About Jessica Townsend: (information from Hachette Australia)

Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Her pet fascinations include public transport, ancient cities, hotels, opera singers, Halloween, secret societies and gigantic cats – all of which have weaselled their way into Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, her award-winning first novel released in 2017. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow, the second book in this record-breaking series, was released in 2018.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow was the biggest-selling Australian children’s debut since records began. It has won the 2018 ABIA for Book of the Year, Book of the Year for Younger Readers and Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year; the 2018 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year and Children’s Category; the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Fiction; the 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Younger Fiction and was named a CBCA notable book.

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