Nancy A. Collins introduces a new series with Right Hand Magic, A Novel of Golgotham. She describes the remarkable neighborhood that’s just outside of New York City with its plethora of inhabitants, most of whom despise humans. An aspiring human artist looking for an economical rental space, Tate discovers that she is definitely in the minority when she answers an ad that takes her through the Gate of Skulls. The space for rent is perfect for a metal sculpture artist but she is a little taken aback to discover that her new landlord is a Kymeran, complete with six fingers on each hand, and unusual in that he practices only protective or defensive magic, i.e. dexter or right hand magic. Unfortunately, Tate learns the derogatory term nump, becomes entangled with the paranormal underworld and discovers that her landlord is hiding secrets about his background--just as she is. Life in Golgotha is not all bad, just startingly different to a naive human and there are remarkable beings and very different customs and capabilities.
An entertaining story that demonstrates an amazing breadth of imagination and introduces a fascinating alternate society. The combination of Centaur teamsters, Were-animal enforcers and transforming familiars give an enjoyable twist. The glossary in the back is invaluable and might be better positioned at the onset of the story. My biggest complaints are that the heroine is a bit too helpless for my tastes and the action is a little understated but the story was an intriguing introduction to an environment peopled with eccentric and memorable characters. Hopefully there will be many additional tales set in this new mind-boggling city named Golgotham.
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...