Left Hand Magic is the second book in the Golgotham series by Nancy A Collins and a ROC Fantasy.
Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Golgotham has been the city’s supernatural ghetto for centuries. Populated by countless creatures from myth and legend, its 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 has made it her home. Unfortunately, trend-setting hipsters have 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 attacked, another is murdered, and rioting fills the streets.
Tate’s relationship with Hexe, the current heir to the Kymeran throne, is also full of tension. Hexe’s uncle Esau is an anti-human activist who’s ready to declare war on the Sons of Adam - and who believes Tate is a spy. But is it possible that Tate’s time in Golgotham has left her more than human?
Tate has settled into the rhythm of Golgotham and for the first time in a long time, she is content.
Her relationship with Hexe is easy and she is excited to see where it will go.
When a night out on the town shows just how far supernatural and human relations in Golgotham have fallen - Tate and Hexe become worried.
A confrontation between NYPD and the PTU have things going from bad to worse. Now those normally accepting Kymerans are looking at Tate and Hexe’s relationship as a disgrace. Even Hexe’s mother is cautioning them against such a public display of affection.
The humans are making a racket as well - in the form of the Sons of Adam. A couple are beaten, a centaur is murdered - no one is safe.
And Tate is having dreams...
If she and Hexe can’t figure out who is behind the murders - Tate may be next on the list.
Left Hand Magic is an enjoyable read. Golgotham is an extraordinary place full of diverse beings. I can’t wait for more.
I give Left Hand Magic 4 out of 5 stars.
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Roc (December 6, 2011)