Nimuar's Loss is an engaging fantasy story featuring two sisters with different magic powers. Erianthee can craft entertainments out of thin air and is often called upon to retell folk tales or stories in society gatherings. Her sister, Ninianee, can communicate with animals but also has a secret known to just her sister and her father: for three nights around the full moon, she turns into an animal, either prey or predator.
The sisters and their father are part of the nobility of Vildecaz and find themselves embroiled in political machinations as their society's requirement for hospitality means that they have to host several groups of people, some of whom may be plotting against them. Nimuar, the sisters' father, had his magical powers severely depleted many years ago by a perfidious magician, Yulko Bihn, who is now visiting their castle with a mysterious woman in tow, no doubt bent on more mischief and apparently also interested in the location of Agnith's Treasure, about which Nimuar is researching in various old books, becoming almost a hermit.
I was a little confused by some of the spelling in this book; the cover artwork has "Nimaur's" but throughout the text inside, the man's name is spelled "Nimuar". There are a lot of other strange words used for clothing and some foods, which add to the exotic feel of the book and
are amusing but also sometimes distracting from the story. The world that the author has created is well-built in a quasi-mediaeval setting, and the lavish descriptions of meals and of clothing
are enjoyable to read, if somewhat redundant.
However, the huge overall disappointment is the way that the book suddenly stops in the middle of the plot, with no real explanation of what's happening. No doubt the story will continue in the next book in the series, but this first book doesn't resolve in any way;
the two faint love interests remain just that, and many of the questions thrown
up as the story progresses are left unanswered. It seems rather unfair to force the reader to wait for the next book to be published before really getting into the story, especially as the scene
is set so well in this book. However, I do like a beginning, middle and end to a novel, and this book
really only contains the beginning and part of the middle, leaving me feeling a little cheated.