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Left Hand Magic: A Novel of Golgotham Mass Market Paperback – December 6, 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Golgotham Series

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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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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: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a hard book to read with all the racial tension, prejudice, and hate shouted liberally in every direction. (Each magic series has its own word for average human and in this series the term was "nump" and honestly, in this book I got irritated with the word fast). From the prejudice of the Kymerians over the Sufference when witches were burned at the stake that still lingers with them through to the modern age, to the hostility of the humans who don't like having such odd neighbors camping in the middle of their city, to the skin-head group The Sons of Adam who start inflicting brutal beatings and murders every chance they get. But I still dearly love Hexe. He's a very well-crafted character with his purple hair, six fingers on each hand, love of wearing dragon pattered robes in the morning and T-shirts and ratted jeans in the day, and truly odd diet. And Tate is a wonderful viewpoint to follow. She has bravery (though some times stupidity for running head-long into situations), and she's willing to use what's around her (like her welding equipment) to defend herself regardless if she's magically out-classed, not to mention she looks beyond the differences in the magical creatures surrounding her and just sees them as people. Just like the previous installment, this story is chock full of magic, magical creatures, and something surprising around every corner, while still being rooted in New York City. It is quite a bit like Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, but without the hard-boiled detective aspect.
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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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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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Tate and Hexe are trying to create a happily ever in Golgotham but life is not easy for the human and Kymeran. First there are racial riots and tension in Golgotham between human tourists and the native Golgotham's, then everyone thinks the couple should break up because it is not good for the royal family nor is it good for the heiress.

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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