Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Right Hand Magic, by Nancy A. Collins

(pb; 2010: first novel in the Golgotham series)

From the back cover:

"Like most Manhattanites, aspiring artist Tate can't resist a good rental deal - even if it's in the city's strangest neighborhood, Golgotham.  For centuries werewolves, Valkyries, centaurs, and countless other creatures have crowded these streets, where no cab will venture.  Golgotham's most prominent citizens, though, are the Kymerians, a race of witches who provide humans with the charms they desire and the curses they fear.

"Tate's new landlord is a Kymerian sorcerer-for-hire named Hexe.  Despite being the son of Golgotham's Witch-Queen, Hexe is determined to build his own reputation without using dark Left Hand magic or his mother's connections.  As Tate is irresistibly drawn into Hexe's fascinating world, they both find that the right hand does not always know what the left hand is doing."


Right is a fast-paced, charming, clever, exotic and sometimes unpredictable urban fantasy - in a word, excellent.  Its intriguing character-, location- and event-rich storyline makes this set-up book a promising start of what looks to be a wild (in the core sense of the word) series, perhaps even a  genre high-bar one; given the overall excellence of Collins's past works, this seems likely.  Worth owning, this.

Caveat:  Readers expecting the dark edge of Collins's previous work - especially the Sonja Blue series - might be disappointed.  The Golgotham series, if it maintains the feel of this first book, will be considerably lighter - almost YA light - in tone.  If that doesn't sound like something you can get into, don't bother reading the series. . . or, if you really must read them despite your (potential) misgivings, borrow the books from the library or a friend. =)

Followed by Left Hand Magic.

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