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Left Hand Magic: A Novel of Golgotham Mass Market Paperback – December 6, 2011
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"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)
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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.Read more ›
I admit I absolutely loved this story. Ms. Collins has created a highly plausible world where tension probably would be high between humans and magical people. The situation was further complicated when the result of these actions had some real consequences people are taken advantage of and they are hurt. I really enjoyed the relationship between Tate and Hexe, while at times they are very corny they are also still two people who are fighting to be with each other. It was also interesting to see how this story is revolving around Tate and understanding her motives and choices.
The only reason why I am not rating this one a five is because the end was a bit rushed and there were these really interesting story lines that were summed up but it did not feel complete. Even still great book!
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I have enjoyed all the books I've read by this author. This is a great new series. I would def read book one first.Published 14 months ago by PseudoSara
Loved the way the characters developed. It was a light-hearted romp, an easy ready, and just what the doctor ordered to get away from the heavy material I have been reading of... Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Fun, relatively light* and fast-moving read that might especially appeal to those readers looking for an urban fantasy novel-series that's a shade darker and more mature than a YA... Read morePublished on May 1, 2014 by Reviewer
I wish that it really was a borough in Manhattan, I'd love to make a visit. This is the second book in the series and I have enjoyed t them both.Published on December 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This was such a good read that I couldn't put it down. Now I'm hoping for there to be more in this series!Published on July 15, 2013 by Taddy
I read Nancy A Collins 20 years ago with her Sonya Blue series, so yes, when I saw the review that said "not the same as Sonya Blue" I took note, but decided on the read... Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Great story! She keeps the reader interested and wanting to hear more. I enjoyed her vivid imagination. She thinks of her readers first.Published on March 21, 2013 by Ray Hardee
Right and Left Hand Magic are really great. I love the characters, the city and the idea of the city being divided. Nancy, are you busy writing more????Published on February 27, 2013 by Blue Miller