Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book review - Nimona

Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Genre: fantasy, graphic novel
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love, love, love it

Summary: For years, Lord Ballister Blackheart has been fighting against the Institution and his nemesis Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. It's a battle he never seems to win. Things might be changing now that he's met Nimona, a young shape-shifter with a taste for chaos and a mysterious past. Their partnership seems like a match made in heaven but as Nimona becomes increasingly unpredictable, Blackheart wonders if there are things she's not telling him, secrets that are more dangerous than the Institution.

My Opinion: I read this initially as a web-comic and fell in love after just a few pages. I'm thrilled to see it in print. Blackheart is the quintessential anti-hero. His goal is not to gain power or wealth but to point out the problems with the Institution and the failures of Goldenloin. Nimona is sharp, witty, and impulsive. Because it was originally published a page at a time, this graphic novel is particularly well paced. Each page tells what is essentially a complete thought, often ending in something of a mini-cliffhanger. The plot is both action oriented and thoughtful. It takes a hard look at the relationship between "heroes" and "villains." This is a book you can read repeatedly and continue to enjoy it.

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