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Right Hand Magic: A Novel of Golgotham Kindle Edition

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Upper-class sculptor Tate flees a bad breakup and her SoHo loft for a cheap apartment in Golgotham, New York City's supernatural ghetto, in Collins's bubbly urban fantasy series launch. Tate's new landlord, Hexe, is a warlock prince outcast for using only right-hand magic to help people, rather than the left-hand magic of curses. Soon after they rescue a were-cougar fleeing the fighting pits, Tate and Hexe fall in love. The first human on the block, Tate gains insight into gentrification while holding on to some unfortunate prejudices. Collins (Vamps) wins with images like centaurs harnessed to hansom cabs, but the humor is sometimes forced, as are regrettable attempts at local dialect ("until ya gets someone t'take it") and slang ("I'll never bend my knee to a nump-loving dexie!"). Readers will look for future installments to flesh out the intriguing setting, the true star of the series. (Dec.)
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"An entertaining story that demonstrates an amazing breadth of imagination and introduces a fascinating alternate intriguing introduction to an environment peopled with eccentric and memorable characters."

"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.

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

"[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."

"[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)

Product Details

  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451463668
  • Publisher: Roc (December 7, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 7, 2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049H9AW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) VINE VOICE on December 8, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tate, a young New York artist, needs a new apartment right away. She makes metal sculptures out of car parts and other odds and ends, and it seems her landlord isn't too happy with the noise level. Tate discovers an available room at a reasonable price and jumps at the chance, even though the building is in Golgotham, New York's magical neighborhood.

Golgotham itself is a fantastically intriguing setting and the best part of _Right Hand Magic_. It inspires a sense of wonder akin to what you might have felt when first discovering Diagon Alley. Nancy A. Collins stocks Golgotham with a wealth of detail, from leprechaun pubs to secret subway tunnels to huldra strip clubs to Tate's new landlord, Hexe, a handsome sorcerer. I wish Golgotham were real so I could go there and wander around for a day. Golgotham traces its history to a centuries-old conflict (and resultant prejudice) between humans and the magically-gifted, Technicolor-haired Kymeran race.

Tate and Hexe, it turns out, are both scions of wealthy families trying to make it on their own rather than coasting on their famous names. They learn they have a lot in common, and a cute romance begins. They court danger, though, when they take in a teenage were-cougar who has escaped from a fighting arena owned by Golgotham's magical mob boss.

_Right Hand Magic_ has its ups and downs. On the one hand, it's always nice to see an artist heroine, and I love the way Tate's work eventually ties in with the main plot. And if you don't think you could become emotionally attached to a statue, you might be surprised!

On the other hand, there's some clunky dialogue and several scenes around the middle of the book that don't seem to advance the story much. Most problematically, Tate is underpowered.
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Whenever a series is named after its location, I expect that location to be as much a character as the protagonist. And the new Golgotham urban fantasy series delivers. The fictitious New York city of Golgotham is a strange and wonderful place populated by centaur cabbies, Amazon bikers, and warlocks for hire. I loved everything about Golgotham, if only the rest of the book had been as good as its setting.

Most urban fantasy titles fall into two camps: open world (the supernatural elements are common knowledge) or closed world (most of the population has no clue that supernatural creatures exist). In RIGHT HAND MAGIC we get the best of both worlds. Magic and supernatural beings are openly known to exist, but they are essentially segregated from the main population. Humans, or numps as they are derogatorily referred to, are largely ignorant of magical culture and what is and isn't possible. When Tate moves to Golgotham she's as clueless about her new surroundings as we are. She has to learn everything, but gets to avoid those often tedious `I can't believe this is real' passages that often drag down other books.

For a book with a gritty and immersive world as Golgotham, I found the writing, specifically the dialogue, to be lacking. I'd be reading about some very cool underground were fight club, and someone would say something so redundant or over the top maniacal that I got completely pulled out of the scene.

Weak dialogue aside, I did like the character of Tate and her romantic interest Hexe. The romance isn't overpowering and does build credibly (none of that instant love at first sight). Even the supporting characters including a teenage werecougar and a demon/cat familiar were entertaining comic relief.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Renee S. on December 19, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
top five reasons to read this book
1. WORLD BUILDING! reminded me of "neverwhere" in the best of ways with an american girl artist instead of a complaining british dude.
2. equal opportunity paranormal creature universe. i learned about a lot of rare creatures.
3. loved all 3 of the main characters: tate hexe and lucas... no... they are not in a love triangle... thank know what i mean.
4. the story and writing were tight. lots of interesting descriptions of people and locale... i want to know MORE about this not so secret city in Manhatten.
5. just the right amount of realism to make this world truly that aspect it reminded me of a harrison novel...even though tate has no apparent magic of her own i didnt miss it since nearly everyone else did. i could relate to her in this way quickly.

top 3 reasons not to read this book:
1. ok... the forbidden matches has been used a lot in this genre lately. i will be forgiving because it is a book 1 and i know it wont be in future installments.
2. the short sex scene at the end seemed a little anticlimatic. i would have been happy to have this postponed until book 2.
3. there is no reason 3! this book was fun... imaginative... and fast paced with lots of little adventures.

dont really know why only 3 people before have written reviews... when this book ROCKED!
also... i didnt really find inappropriate use of dialogue like a previous reviewer said. anyway... i give this book 5 stars!
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