Review: RIGHT HAND MAGIC by NANCY A. COLLINS

Review: RIGHT HAND MAGIC by NANCY A. COLLINSAuthor: Nancy A. Collins
Title: Right Hand Magic
Series: Golgotham #1
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 304
Release Date: 2010-12-07
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Like most Manhattanites, aspiring artist Tate can't resist a good rental deal-even if it's in the city's strangest neighborhood, Golgotham, where for centuries werewolves, centaurs, and countless other creatures have roamed the streets. Her new landlord is a sorcerer name Hexe, who is determined to build his reputation without using dark, left-hand magic. As Tate is drawn into Hexe's fascinating world, they both find that the right hand does not always know what the left hand is doing-and avoiding darkness is no easy trick... View our feature on Nancy A Collins; Right Hand Magic.
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four-half-stars

Some books are like hot wheels on their tracks. They go through the loops, but you’ll always know where they’ll end up. Other books are like balloons. You’re not quite sure where they are going, but it’s fun to watch them get there.

Right Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins (2010, New American Library) is more like a balloon. It took me over a quarter of the book before I was sure of the story goal. Then, it drifted away from that goal for quite a while. Eventually, it came back and the remainder of the book was on course.

Once I finished, I realized that none of the scenes were purposeless. There were just a lot of subplots and explanations. It could have gotten to the point quicker, but it was still very enjoyable.

Other than it starting slow, I really don’t have many complaints about it.

I liked the main character, Tate, and her romantic interest, Hexe.

The world-building was excellent. It’s set in an alternate New York City that includes a section of town called Golgatham which is the home of all the non-humans such as satyrs, minotaurs, leprechauns, etc.

I also liked that this book was different from so many others I’ve read in the sense that Tate had no powers.

The basic plot: Tate, a metal sculptor, moves to Golgatham because she needs a place where she can work and not disturb her neighbors. Hexe becomes her landlord. She’s attacked by a were-cougar, who is really just a teenage boy on the run. Hexe and Tate help the boy. Much later in the book, the people he was running from find him and Hexe and Tate go to rescue him.

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