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Nimue’s Bar by ForLackOfStars

A story about slices of life after death. 

When Kaia Sommers woke up after the accident, a lot of things had changed. She was very cold, no longer needed to sleep, and she did not seem to cast a shadow. Most importantly, she was no longer dead.

She soon discovered, however, that her prolonged mortality came at a terrible price. As a shade, only one in every few thousand people is capable of forming long term memories of her. Everyone else forgets her name and her face as soon as she leaves their presence.

Today, Kaia works as a bartender in the Grotto, a city populated entirely by aberrations, the undead, and supernatural beings such as herself. All she wants is for someone other than her two coworkers to be able to remember her name, and maybe some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, the Grotto is far from peaceful, and Kaia soon finds herself embroiled in petty feuds, misguided romance, and a dangerous job that just might be able to make her mortal once again.

Note: Nimue’s Bar contains some graphic violence and harsh language.


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Listed: Jan 9, 2019

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Polished urban fantasy slice-of-life, with a larger plot woven through

By Krako, member

Jan 20, 2019: It’s about a bartender in a hidden community of supernatural beings. I won’t summarise any more because I don’t want to spoil the skillfully crafted beginning. The author has a real flair for indirect exposition; world, character, and plot information is introduced subtly and gradually. Pay attention to details and you will be rewarded. Notice, for example, that the serial’s very first line of dialogue sets up for a later plot point.

Most of the tropes of conventional urban fantasy are thankfully avoided in Nimue’s Bar. The magical elements mostly aren’t anything special, with the exception being the protagonist’s condition, which passively affects the environment and people’s minds. It’s a great mechanic that adds much to the character and the plot.

The cast, in general, is fleshed out and interesting. The protagonists are relatable and the antagonist is detestable. As a slice-of-life work, most of the plot so far is small-scale, but there’s a larger story of a black vs. grey political conflict going on in the background.

Not much to say style and grammar-wise. It’s third person present tense with few typos. There’s the occasional wrong tense, but it’s not very distracting.

I have one problem with Nimue’s Bar, which is an arc with a silly side story-esque tone. I don’t think it’s strictly a bad subplot; it’s funny and it does develop several of the characters. But it’s jarring when people who are usually quite human and three-dimensional act like exaggerated cartoons. It doesn’t take away my enjoyment of the serial though, and it might appeal to someone who likes to have a serious main plot broken up by goofy hijinks.

I recommend Nimue’s Bar.

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