After just finishing Nancy A Collins Right Hand Magic, I wasn’t all that excited to read the next book in the Golgotham series, Left Hand Magic, but I gave it a try anyway. It was easier yet harder to read this book. Since I knew what to expect, it meant I wasn’t a fan from the start, but it also meant that I wasn’t shaking my head at the strange language and long, and sometimes corny, dialogue near as much.
Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Golgotham has been the city’s supernatural ghetto 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.
One thing that is better in Left Hand Magic is the information, there isn’t as much thrown at you all at once, or so it seemed. It could be that I was prepared for the abundance of info and it didn’t bother me as much. Of course it may also be that I skipped a head some because I did not want to sit and read through it all. Who knows?
I had hoped I’d actually like the characters this time, but I didn’t. I never got a connection with them, and some of them actually annoyed me to the point I’d skip over what they said.
The story itself wasn’t terrible but I knew who the bad guy was from the get go. Although I have to say that the clue trail that Nancy A. Collins left was not only crazy and unrevealing, but rather clever. I may have seen the suspect from the start, but I had no clue what the person was actually doing until she connected all the dots at the end. I won’t give it away, but the creatures created/used in this plot are stuff from crazy dreams that no one will guess. Its stuff of psychedelic dreams let me tell ya. That alone makes me want to give Ms. Collins a high five; her imagination is crafty, crazy, but crafty as hell.
I am not a fan of this series; I wish I were because there really is an insane amount of imagination at play with all the creatures and magic. But it really is not my kind of thing. I give Nancy A Collins tons of kudos for her work and style of imagination that really surpasses that of anyone I’ve read so far.
Right Hand Magic
Left Hand Magic