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Product Details

  • Series: Golgotham (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451464303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464309
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An entertaining story that demonstrates an amazing breadth of imagination and introduces a fascinating alternate society...an intriguing introduction to an environment peopled with eccentric and memorable characters."
(-NightOwlSciFi.com)

"Collins is especially skilled at portraying the sweaty, nervous moments when everything goes wrong and help is too far away...a very well done portrayal of a strange neighborhood amid our all-too-mundane reality."
(-SFRevu.com)

"Nancy A. Collins has reminded me why I loved [urban fantasy] in the first place...a lot of fun."
(-BSCReviews.com)

"[A] great beginning to what appears to be a fantastic new urban fantasy series. I look forward to reading the second story to see what the author does with this incredible and complex neighborhood."
(-HuntressReviews.com)

"[Collins] does an excellent job of bringing Golgotham and its unusual occupants vividly to life, yet grounding the story in reality. Compelling characters and dangerous drama add up to dynamic and exciting fun!"
(-Romantic Times (4 stars))

About the Author

Nancy A. Collins has authored more than 15 novels, numerous short stories, and served as writer for DC Comics' Swamp Thing for two years. She is a recipient of the HWA's Stoker Award and the British Fantasy Society Award, and has been nominated for the Eisner, John Campbell Memorial, World Fantasy & International Horror Guild Awards. Best known for her ground-breaking vampire character, Sonja Blue, her works include Sunglasses After Dark, her Southern Gothic collection Knuckles And Tales, & the Vamps series for Young Adults. She currently resides in the Cape Fear area of North Carolina with her fiancé, Tommy, and their Boston Terrier, Chopper.

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Nancy A. Collins is the author of numerous horror, dark fantasy & comics stories. A native of Arkansas, she currently resides in Cape Fear with her Significant Other and their Boston Terrier, Chopper.

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You feel like you are right there in the action.
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Readers who like their urban fantasy worlds intricately built and fleshed out in rich detail will enjoy the GOLGOTHAM series.
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Now I'm hoping for there to be more in this series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Redwithabook on December 29, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a great book that I feel many fans of both PNR and UF will greatly enjoy. This book tells of the rising tension being felt in Tate's new home of Goglotham With both the magical species and humans all out for blood. The book handles all of the issues that a place like this would face with great details and even a trace of humor in some cases. The relationship of Tate and Hexe is also shown as having developed to a sweet and loving relationship. The only reason I do not give this book five stars is it is quite short at only 280 or so pages in paperback form as well as how quickly the book was resolved. However, these are minor factors in a otherwise fantastic read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) VINE VOICE on January 12, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Left Hand Magic, Nancy A. Collins delivers a satisfying follow-up to last year's Right Hand Magic. Tate Eresby, a trust-fund baby turned avant-garde sculptor, is still living in the rich setting of Golgotham with her Kymeran lover, Hexe. But new troubles are brewing in Golgotham. A magazine spread has made Golgotham a hip hot spot for human tourists, and racial tensions are growing between these tourists and Golgotham's magical natives.

The racism that Collins depicts is, sadly, all too realistic and plausible. It threatens to tear apart the relationship between Tate and Hexe, as both are seen as race traitors. But it's far worse than that too: bullying, then rioting, then murder take their toll on the neighborhood. Some of the victims are characters we've already met and liked, making their fates hit harder.

A mystery lies behind all this. Are the crimes random, or is the racial hatred being manipulated by another party for personal gain? And how does all this tie in with the strange favor Tate was obliged to fulfill for a friend?

Tate is more of a major player this time around. Her special skills play a large role in the novel's events, even more so than last time (though the back cover blurb reveals too much about that). She makes great strides with regard to her intimidating family. And though she's not a combat character at heart, she gets to kick some butt this time.

There's still a little clunkiness in the dialogue, especially when Golgotham's history is recounted (though the topic itself is fascinating) or when the villain's henchman conveniently rants about the whole dastardly plot while Tate is eavesdropping.

Overall, though, Left Hand Magic is a fun read. I read it in one day and greatly enjoyed it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elf2060 on January 23, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Left Hand Magic" by Nancy A. Collins is the next in her series about Golgotham, the neighborhood of New York that houses exotic inhabitants such as centaurs, satyrs, leprechauns, witches, warlocks, ipotanes and the like. Heiress Tate Eresby has settled in with her lover Hexe, but she has had to make adjustments to loving a warlock, living with his familiar, and being one of the few humans in the neighborhood. Her unconventional work as a metal sculptor causes friction with her very conventional parents but their disapproval pales in comparison to the hostilities that erupt between the Golgothamites and humans that they disparage with the term numps. An escalation in violence results in the deaths of friends and acquaintances and complications arise from Hexe's status as Heir Apparent (not to mention his having a human girlfriend) and his own divided family. Tate's inescapable loyalty to her new neighborhood puts her right in the middle of the conflict between the humans and non-humans. Complying with the repayment of a debt by utilizing her skills at working metal may have more repercussions than she could ever imagine and the increase in her immediate family changes the household dynamics. Hexe and Tate must find a way to survive the upheavals around them, keep their neighborhood intact and deal with parental disapproval but Golgotham may never recover from the pressures being exerted upon it.

A great sequel to "Right Hand Magic", revisiting the fantastical neighborhood with its remarkable denizens. The centaurs are prevalent in their roles as transportation experts, the Paranormal Threat Unit (PTU) is kept busy, testimony is via scrying crystal, a sketch artist accesses one's third eye and other imaginative elements keep the story fresh and entertaining in this enjoyable read.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:

A sweet Roman Holiday with a paranormal bent, LEFT HAND MAGIC delivers both magic and social justice with a hefty dose of youthful enthusiasm. Hexe and Tate, charming products of very privileged upbringings, are a bit more starry eyed than I can relate to. Despite that, I found them both love-able (if a bit silly) as they stand up against injustice, their families, and the expectations of the world at large.

Though the world building and magic didn't blow me away (the mechanics of a magical New York neighborhood that *hadn't* been invaded by hipsters seemed a bit shaky), I found the politics of Golgotham fascinating. Collins paints a vivid picture of prejudice and fear spinning out of control. The story was made all the more effective by a fun supporting cast. The fanny-pack wearing centaur, the demonic familiar and love-lorn maenad were each irresistible. Even Tate and Hexe were their own brands of exotic creatures: young and idealistic and privileged. I found them equal parts frustrating and fun. The introduction of Tate's Boston terrier Beanie just about sums up the couple: Tate gives lip service to the "life altering responsibility" of owning a pet but within seconds is in rapturous love with the surprise puppy (and occupied with accessorizing and status-updating her new arrival). This split second decision in no way negatively impacts the household, just like every other quick-on-the-draw decision Tate makes. I did find Tate to be a little shallow (outside of her social justice crusade), and Hexe's beta hero persona never particularly charmed me either. He's at best the harmless, generous boyfriend that makes Tate's "rebellion" possible.
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