Left Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins
A Novel of Golgotham

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This is an improvement on the first volume because it has begun to take itself seriously. The real test is satisfied. Nancy Collins does not feel the need to introduce outrageous supernatural threats. All the events feel reasonably consistent with the prevalent levels of magical abilities shown by each racial group or bloodline.
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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.

 

About Nancy A. Collins

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Nancy A. Collins has authored over 20 novels and novellas, numerous short stories, and worked on several comic books, including a two-year run on Swamp Thing. She is a recipient of the HWAs Stoker Award and the British Fantasy Society Award, and has been nominated for the Eisner, John Campbell Memorial, World Fantasy & International Horror Guild Awards. Best known for her ground-breaking vampire character, Sonja Blue, which heralded the rise of the popular Urban Fantasy genre, her works include the best-selling Sunglasses After Dark, the Southern Gothic collection Knuckles And Tales, & the Vamps series for Young Adults. Her most recent novel is Left Hand Magic, the second installment in the critically-acclaimed Golgotham urban fantasy series. She currently resides in Wilmington, North Carolina with her fiancé, Tommy, their Boston terrier, Chopper, and an indeterminate number of cats, only two of which she admits to having anything to do with.
 
Published December 6, 2011 by Roc. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Apr 05 2012

This is an improvement on the first volume because it has begun to take itself seriously. The real test is satisfied. Nancy Collins does not feel the need to introduce outrageous supernatural threats. All the events feel reasonably consistent with the prevalent levels of magical abilities shown by each racial group or bloodline.

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