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Left Hand Magic (Golgotham Series #2)

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Located on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Golgotham has been the city's supernatural neighborhood for centuries. Populated by countless creatures from myth and legend, the neighborhood's most prominent citizens are the Kymera, a race of witches who maintain an uneasy truce with New York City's humans...

Tate Eresby has accepted the unusual sights and sounds of Golgotham and made it her home. Unfortunately, a magazine has alerted trendsetting hipsters to its existence and they've ...

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Overview

Located on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Golgotham has been the city's supernatural neighborhood for centuries. Populated by countless creatures from myth and legend, the neighborhood's most prominent citizens are the Kymera, a race of witches who maintain an uneasy truce with New York City's humans...

Tate Eresby has accepted the unusual sights and sounds of Golgotham and made it her home. Unfortunately, a magazine has alerted trendsetting hipsters to its existence and they've descended upon the community-along with an anti-Kymera faction known as The Sons of Adam. The sudden influx of tourists escalates racial tensions to a boiling point when two Kymerans are murdered and rioting fills the streets.

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Editorial Reviews

NightOwlSciFi.com
"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."
SFRevu.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."
BSCReviews.com
"Nancy A. Collins has reminded me why I loved [urban fantasy] in the first place...a lot of fun."
HuntressReviews.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."
Romantic Times
"[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!"
-NightOwlSciFi.com
"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."
-SFRevu.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."
-BSCReviews.com
"Nancy A. Collins has reminded me why I loved [urban fantasy] in the first place...a lot of fun."
-HuntressReviews.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."
-Romantic Times (4 stars)
"[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!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451464309
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Series: Golgotham Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 727,724
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted March 18, 2012

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    Great world-building! Golgotham is unique!

    A great read. The heroine is not a kick-ass, hard hitting, stomp her enemies into the ground type but as she is young that may be the point. The author is doing a wonderful job growing the character. The heroine is definitely coming into her own and I have high hopes that I will get to watch her become someone who will stand on her own two feet with confidence that she can take what's coming at her and if she happens to have a handsome and loyal guy standing with her, well good for her!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

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    This series was one of my “finds” last year when I s

    This series was one of my “finds” last year when I stumbled upon Right Hand Magic, the first book in this series. Ms. Collons was a new voice with fresh look at the urban fantasy genre that I had yet to be seen done before. The world of Golgotham was a living, breathing, tangible essence that nearly jumped off the pages. It was because of this experience that I was so eager to read the next book set in Golgotham, Left Hand Magic. And while the experience had a few misses, overall I was impressed with my second journey into Golgotham. So, come along with me to the gate of skulls and let us peek into NCY’s strangest neighborhood.

    In Left Hand Magic we pick up pretty much where we left off with the beguiling Tate still finding her place as a human among the magical residents of Golgotham and Hexe using his right hand magic to heal and lift curses while trying to downplay his status as the heir apparent for the Kymeran throne—as ceremonial—for the most part—as that title may be. Uncle Esau takes the forefront as the villain in this book, and both black or left-hand magic and racial warmongering ensue.

    I like this story a lot; I was fun and lighthearted while still keeping the tension to stop it from devolving into plain silliness. The plot in this book moved along already foreshadowed avenues, but in such a way as to avoid the often trite-feeling of being lead. My biggest problem with this book lay in the characterization; I even took over a month break from reading it when one too many times the main character made a stupid choice, even with the foresight to know that it was not-so-bright. That kind of decision making tends to irk me, and about two-thirds of the way through this story it managed to so to the point that I put the book down and walked away. Since finishing it, I can concede that the author did seem to have a purpose for sending her heroine into trouble, but even still it annoyed me. I hope that in future installments of this pretty fabulous series we see better choices in our main characters and a depth of characterization to match the stunning breadth of the world building.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Continuing with a new twist on alternative universe

    Definitely a goth urban twist on magic and bohemian lifestyle, this a fun read. Readers will probably need to read first in series to understand relationships between characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    This is one of my favorite authors. The series is really enjoya

    This is one of my favorite authors. The series is really enjoyable. Can't wait for the next book!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    One of My Favorite Series

    Have been reading this series from the beginning and enjoying every word. Good plot and innovative. Buy this one quick.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Disappointing

    The world building in this series is engaging and interesting. It's terribly disappointing that the story is average and cliche. The dialog is stilted. The plot is stupidly formulaic. So disappointing given how interesting the premise is.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

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    Great read

    Love the alternate reality. Different than the typical stories. Characters really draw you in, it was a fun, interesting book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Good Sequel

    This is a wonderful, fun and very enternaing book. The world that has been created is unique, insightful and well laid out. This second book in the series takes the promise from the first book and expands on it so well, that it could almost be a standalone. All in all 5 stars and eagerly awaiting to rad the the third Golgotham novel.

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