Left Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins

Golgotham, Book 2

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I read the first volume when it was released and I knew that I needed to immerse myself in the second novel. Finally with some time off, I took the opportunity to continue the Tate and Hexe’s adventures, two unusual characters.

It’s always quite funny because every time I read the name « Golgotham », I immediately think of the Batman’s city, « Gotham City », well it’s maybe only me but the resemblance is disturbing.

I thought I may finally understand the story about the hammer on the cover after my read. I must say that it was quite a strange object… Well then, I’m still thinking about its presence because I don’t have a clue. This is perhaps a little too subtle for me, but I’m already starting to scald assumptions. (Hey it’s true!) Maybe just to recall the Tate’s work? To show the revolt of this small town (yes I know I went that far, but hey, it’s a starting point, right?). But it is always a pleasure to discover more elements about this world. The idea of ​​a separate district is not unique but it is with pleasure that we interact with all these creatures and we can assist to the the clash of two completely different cultures.

As I said at the beginning, we found our dear Tate spinning the perfect love with Hexe (yes she is a lucky girl!). But nothing can stay quiet that long, isn’t it? It is impossible of course. Everything starts to change when many tourists come in Golgotham, this part of the town that everyone avoids. But nothing goes well between humans and these creatures. And when riots broke out and that some murders are committed, nothing goes well. But now, even more than that, the Tate’s life is threatened. I was really surprised by the speed at which the chaos is settled, everything is quickly deteriorated and our two heroes are trying to understand what is happenning while trying to protect their own. Well I must say it is rather Hexe who will do the protection, because Tate is very good at getting into catastrophic situations. It was touching to see them together, evolving together; to see them facing discrimination as if nothing had happened, for the right to live together.

I was both surprised and at the same time we suspect about the culprit behind all these events. I must say that everything is really strange but it is quite complicated to assemble the pieces to really understand the final words. I was so happy at the end of the novel to know the reasons for all this. I also enjoyed to have the chance to discover more information about the Hexe’s family because his life is actually quite mysterious. We still have much to discover but it is still a good starting point.

This volume announces big changes in the Tate’s live, whenever it’s about her personal or professional life. All this announces once again big events whom we are curious to learn more about.

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mellianefini

30 thoughts on “Left Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins

  1. I was thinking the same, Melliane. The name Golgotham immediately reminds me of Batman’s, Gotham City. I took a look at book one as well, and really like the sound of this series. Tate and Hexe both sound like characters I would like to read about and escape with. Thanks for the new series (for me) to check out! 🙂

  2. Yay for more worldbuilding and discovering new elements 🙂 Always a plus in a series. « because Tate is very good at getting into catastrophic situations. » :O lol!!! I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying this series. Hopefully the next book will hit a 10 with you 😉

  3. I have the biggest soft spot for books that are urban fantasy. I like, LOVE them! Anything seems to be possible in that world, you know?? I will have to check this book out! Fabulous review! 🙂

  4. I have not read a lot of urban fantasy and this one is intruiging although book 2 in the series and you’re not sure what the hammer is for is a bit worrying…your writing gives me high hopes though! I will definitely check it out! And I think of Gotham too 😉

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