After slogging through “The Dinosaur Lords” I needed something lighter and fun and so started reading “Nimona” by Noelle Stevenson. Nimona has been recommended by multiple sources; The Mary Sue, friends, and currently has 4 1/2 stars on Amazon.
A shapeshifting young woman named Nimona inserts herself as the loyal side kick to Ballister Blackheart, most evil of supervillains. Blackheart’s evil schemes up to now have been kept in check by Sir Goldenloin and the Agency, but this careful balance is thrown into chaos when Nimona enters the scene.
Nimona is a delightful character full of spark and fun who improvises on her boss’s orders when she doesn’t think his are sufficient to getting the job thoroughly done. The relationship between Nimona and Blackheart is the foundation that this story is built upon. The antagonism between Blackheart and Goldenloin gives the story depth. Supporting characters round out the world and make it into a place I want to spend more time in.
Every villain and hero has a back story and these characters are no different. What makes someone a hero or a villain? Are villains necessary so that someone can be a hero? Can you still be a hero if the people you work for are less than honorable? Can Science solve all problems? These are some of the themes in Nimona. With a charming art style, witty dialog and a wonderful story Nimona is a must read for anyone who enjoys the fantasy trope of an enthusiastic henchman determined to make her villain the best of all time. Nimona lived up to the high praise and made me eager to read more by Noelle Stevenson.