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Review: 93. The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman...

July 21, 2011
I saw this title last year, and added it to my wish list. Luckily for me there's a sequel coming out this year, because Penguin sent me both to review! *grin*

the left hand of god
Title: The Left Hand of God (Left Hand of God #1)
Author: Paul Hoffman
ISBN-13: 9780525951315
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Penguin

drey's thoughts:
Thomas Cale has only ever known one reality--that which the Redeemers provided in the Sanctuary, with the daily abuse and revolting food. You learn two things quickly there--keep your head down and your mouth shut. Unfortunate for Cale, who doesn't seem to possess either skill in any quantity... Then he discovers there's a whole world outside Sanctuary.

Cale reminds me a bit of Kvothe, star of Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles. They're both smart, brash, and just a wee bit too full of themselves. And they just can't seem to not do that last little thing that crosses the line. Which, as you can imagine, doesn't quite make them many friends... They're also both young, so nobody listens to anything they say, even if they could be right. Poor things... I do wish though, that Cale was just a bit more real--I don't quite understand his thoughts or actions where it regards Arbell, and I sometimes wanted to smack him on the head for his infantile behavior.

Paul Hoffman has created an intriguing world for The Left Hand of God, and interesting characters to inhabit that world. I enjoyed the story even if parts of the plot slogged and other parts raced through, and I was sometimes in the dark as to the characters' motivations. Overall, though, this is a pretty good debut effort and I will have a review of its sequel The Last Four Things up for you soon...

drey's rating: Pick it up!

Thanks to the publisher, I have one copy of The Left Hand of God for you, if you live in the US. To enter, fill out the form below before 6pm CST August 3rd. Good luck!


bermudaonion said...

It is an interesting concept, because I think that's true of so many people in abusive situations - they put up with it because it's the only life they know.

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