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Publisher Description

Indies Choice Book of the Year * National Book Award Finalist * New York Times Bestseller * New York Times Notable Book * Kirkus Best Book * School Library Journal Best Book * Publishers Weekly Best Book * NPR Best Book * New York Public Library Best Book * Chicago Public Library Best Book

The New York Times bestselling graphic novel sensation from Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. Kirkus says, “If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel has been hailed by critics and fans alike as the arrival of a “superstar” talent (NPR.org).

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

GENRE
Young Adult
RELEASED
2015
May 12
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperTeen
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
185.6
MB
AUDIENCE
Eighth Grade

Customer Reviews

VoltronFanatic ,

Cutest Book Ever

(Cures depression!)
This book is actually my favorite of all times! I read this book one day after taking a very long test and instantly fell in love with it. I got my best friend to read it, and we’ve been fanatics ever since! This is a fantastic book and I definitely would recommend it to anyone 10 or older.

Nimona is the story of a young shapeshifter going to work for ‘evil’ genius, Lord Ballister Blackheart. Ballister is a refined and dignified villain rebelling against the kingdom’s institution of law enforcement and heroics, and especially his ex-boyfriend turned arch nemesis, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. (Yeah you hear me right, ex-BoYfRIenD) Ambrosius betrayed Ballister and shot him when they were training to be heroes at the institution. He has held the grudge ever since, but never stopped caring about Ambrosius on a deeper lever, refusing to kill him above anyone else even though Ambrosius is the man that ruined his life. Nimona is impulsive and reckless, and puts a new spin on Ballister’s dignified career as a villain, killing on a whim. Even though Nimona is evil, it’s still very hard not to love her to the bones because of her witty dialogue and spunky attitude. She is funny and loyal to Ballister, but has a much more tragic backstory than she lets on. The institution has to take drastic action to stop her as she and Ballister get closer and closer to defeating them, Ambrosius seemingly becoming more and more fed up with the institution and sorry for what he did as the book progresses. To find out more, you’ll have to read it! It’s really an amazing book, and has deep and heartwarming messages that you can only know by reading it. Have fun!
Ps. Goldenheart for life
Ok I’m done

Fire_Girl_7 ,

Nimona is everything

This book is the main thing that got me into graphic novels. I mean sure, I'd read them before, and I thought that they were okay, but this is what gave me the extra shove that got me rolling.

HRJones ,

Sharp and true, like a knife of broken glass

I have to confess that I don't tend to read graphic novels of collected graphic series unless they've been strongly recommended. There just always seems to be too low a content-to page ratio. Intellectually, I appreciate that some sorts of stories can be told in graphic format, and that there's an artistry to the combination of text and image that's simply a Different Thing than purely textual fiction. Maybe it's part of how I'm not so much of a visual person. But when enough of my friends talk about a particular graphic work in ways that suggest it will push my buttons, I'm quite happy to give it a go.

I think the entirety of my emotional reaction to Nimona can be summed up in a tweet I sent responding to someone who asked if I liked it: Sharp and true, like a knife of broken glass--and iridescent, as if the glass were buried a thousand years.

This is a story of love and loyalty and being true to who you really are despite what the world thinks of you. It's the story of a young girl who is a monster, and monsters who walk in human form. It's a story of betrayal and redemption. Um…I really liked it.

Nimona is a shapechanger who wants to be the sidekick of the Official Villain who fights against the noble champion of the realm. But while Nimona's talents (and complete lack of morals) would be useful, Lord Blackheart has a lot of awkward scruples in his sinister plots against the kingdom and their champion Sir Goldenloin. There's a bit of a…um, I'm not sure what to call it…medieval mad scientist flavor to the setting. Lord Blackheart was once in competition with his best friend (and maybe more?) Sir Goldenloin to be the kingdom's champion but a tournament accident that may have been no accident set him instead on the path to being its nemesis. Nimona herself has a painful backstory that is only glimpsed in brief flashes, and her motives in offering her services to evil (as she thinks it) are hard to untangle.

But what shines forth is the friendship that develops between the two, and the love and loyalty that outlasts all the adventures, conflicts, and challenges. This is not a story with simple and easy answers, for all that it's present in the form of a comic strip. Definitely recommended.I have to confess that I don't tend to read graphic novels of collected graphic series unless they've been strongly recommended. There just always seems to be too low a content-to page ratio. Intellectually, I appreciate that some sorts of stories can be told in graphic format, and that there's an artistry to the combination of text and image that's simply a Different Thing than purely textual fiction. Maybe it's part of how I'm not so much of a visual person. But when enough of my friends talk about a particular graphic work in ways that suggest it will push my buttons, I'm quite happy to give it a go.

I think the entirety of my emotional reaction to Nimona can be summed up in a tweet I sent responding to someone who asked if I liked it: Sharp and true, like a knife of broken glass--and iridescent, as if the glass were buried a thousand years.

This is a story of love and loyalty and being true to who you really are despite what the world thinks of you. It's the story of a young girl who is a monster, and monsters who walk in human form. It's a story of betrayal and redemption. Um…I really liked it.

Nimona is a shapechanger who wants to be the sidekick of the Official Villain who fights against the noble champion of the realm. But while Nimona's talents (and complete lack of morals) would be useful, Lord Blackheart has a lot of awkward scruples in his sinister plots against the kingdom and their champion Sir Goldenloin. There's a bit of a…um, I'm not sure what to call it…medieval mad scientist flavor to the setting. Lord Blackheart was once in competition with his best friend (and maybe more?) Sir Goldenloin to be the kingdom's champion but a tournament accident that may have been no accident set him instead on the path to being its nemesis. Nimona herself has a painful backstory that is only glimpsed in brief flashes, and her motives in offering her services to evil (as she thinks it) are hard to untangle.

But what shines forth is the friendship that develops between the two, and the love and loyalty that outlasts all the adventures, conflicts, and challenges. This is not a story with simple and easy answers, for all that it's present in the form of a comic strip. Definitely recommended.

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