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Left Hand Magic (Golgotham) [Mass Market Paperback]

Nancy A. Collins

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16 Feb 2012 Golgotham (Book 2)
Tate Eresby has accepted the unusual sights and sounds of Golgotham and has made it her home. Unfortunately, hipsters have 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 attacked and another is murdered. Tate's relationship with Hexe, the current heir to the Kymeran throne, is also tense. Hexe's Uncle Easau is an anti-human activist who believes Tate is a spy. But is it possible that Tate is now more than just human?

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book in a very unique series! 29 Dec 2011
By Redwithabook - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tate Gets to Kick some Butt 13 Jan 2012
By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Published on Amazon.com
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. And with the greater amount of agency given to Tate here, it's superior to the first installment. Readers who like their urban fantasy worlds intricately built and fleshed out in rich detail will enjoy the GOLGOTHAM series.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Class warfare in Golgotham? 24 Jan 2012
By Elf2060 - Published on Amazon.com
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Great supporting characters and fun political details. 20 Jan 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.

Don't let my harsh characterization of Tate and Hexe's relationship fool you, however, they in no way dragged the story down. The politics of Golgotham clashing with "normal" New York had me at the edge of my seat all the way through. Though this was my first taste of the Golgotham series, I had no trouble falling I to the story. I don't think Tate and Hexe interest me enough to go back and read book one, but I am invested enough in the fate of the city to pick up book three when it appears.

Sexual Content: Attempted rape and references to sex.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent urban fantasy 6 Dec 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Metal artist Tate Eresby the purebred human and Hexe the Kymeran sorcerer are in love. They reside together in the Lower east Side's supernatural ghetto Golgotham. However, a drunken riot has the supernatural, especially the Kymera, raging and the humans ready for a fight.

The heir to the Kymeran throne, Hexe is angry at his acrimonious Uncle Esau who pushes a-human cleansing endeavor, as he demands interracial relationships banned. At the same time the Sons of Adam want to cleanse the Kymerians from Manhattan. Meanwhile Tate is under suspicion for murder as people on a project she works on are being killed. Tension is stratospherically high between the two species even before someone murders two Kymerans. Tate and Hexe know they must act to prevent deadly riots, but neither know how to defuse the enflamed situation.

The second Golgotham urban fantasy (see Right Hand Magic) is an excellent tale as racial prejudice fuels anger. Hexe and Tate are a wonderful couple who wonder if love is enough to overcome the taboo of mixed species relationships. However, it is the vivid description of the Golgotham that will send readers joining other tourists visiting this ghetto.

Harriet Klausner
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