This book for children aged eight and over, has everything a good magical series needs. The heroine, Morrigan, is brave, smart and loyal. Her sidekick - Hawthorne is fun and loveable, but surprising in a way I won't give away. Morrigan's benefactor, Jupiter North, is just the right mix of kindly and mysterious.
The book follows Morrigan as she undergoes some trials to get a coveted place in the Wondrous Society. It's always a worry with a magical book that it will disappear in the humungous shadow cast by the Harry Potter franchise. But apart from one scene near the beginning that was very much a 'sorting hat' scene, Morrigan Crow shines. The magic is fresh, the adventure unusual and there are some lovely twists and turns that will satisfy even the most discerning of readers (they satisfied me).
If magic and fantasy are your thing - then this is definitely worth a read.