Hello, readers. Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!
So I’m doing Lost Words slightly different this evening, I’ve decided to do a book review on one of my “super awesome finds”, from my earlier finds, as I’ve read it now and wow! Stevie loves!! So obviously I had to tell you about it!
Book review – The Left Hand of God
A few facts:
Author: Paul Hoffman
Publisher: Michael Joseph/Penguin
I was very excited to read this as recommended by many of my friends and family, so I thought I’d give it ago. Wow, am I glad I did. At first, it was hard to read quite a dark story but Cale had me gripped and turning pages fast. Fantasy and dystopia is a fantastic combination, it’s incredibly dark and twisted! And to be quite honest rather gory! Which I’m glad about because the author didn’t hold back, which in turn made it such a great read.
Cale is just a little boy, that’s been through so much, tortured, beaten and disciplined even punished his whole life, I think that’s what kept me reading in the hope that even though all he knows is pain and how to conflict pain, will humanity drown out all the bad? Will his love for Arbell overcome his need to destroy all good?
I guess I wouldn’t recommend this novel if you are religious if you’re a fantasy lover and like some gore then, hey, go ahead.
I don’t actually want to give too much away…. so read on to Wiki’s explanation OR get the book through the link attached to the title.
So complex I thought Wiki would better explain:
Thomas Cale, a 14-year-old boy is just another recruit of the great conflict between Redeemers and Antagonists – or so he thinks. Along with his two “friends” (friendship is forbidden and Cale is in general reluctant to make any closer bonds) named Kleist and Vague Henri, Cale not only finds a room full of delicious food, much different from their usual fare at the Sanctuary, but they also witness something they have been told is Devil’s temptation and sinful – two beautiful girls entertaining a crowd of their jailers.
Putting himself and his companions in a mortal danger, Cale assassinates the Lord Redeemer Picarbo as a revenge for killing one of the two girls; he also rescues the other one, Riba, and then engineers and executes an escape from the Sanctuary, something unthinkable for most of his fellow prisoners.
On their way to Memphis, a major city of the Matterazzi and their nearest safe haven, they encounter a slaughtered group of Matterazzi delegates with only one survivor, Chancellor Vipond. Cale and his companions are eventually captured by a Matterrazi armed group and escorted to Memphis, where they are eventually given a limited freedom and assigned to assist the local nobility.
Cale gets into a fight with several of the best local young warriors, including his temporary superior Conn Matterazzi, which he wins. This act immediately draws a great amount of attention to him and when Cale manages to rescue the Matterazzi princess Arbell Swan-Neck from the Redeemers who kidnapped her, the three former Redeemer recruits become a personal guard of the Matterazzi princess, who is both impressed and intimidated by Cale. The two soon fall in love.
The Redeemers continue in their provocative attempts to obtain Arbell and eventually, they silently declare a war against the Matterazzi – which seems like a reckless and foolish act given the fact that Matterazzi army is better trained, equipped and superior in all aspects.
The final confrontation, however, goes gravely ill for the favoured side. The Redeemers emerge victorious from the decisive battle and they seize Memphis; but are willing to leave the Matterazzi alone in exchange for one thing: Thomas Cale.
The Battle Lord of the Redeemers, Bosco, who was also responsible for the most of Cale’s training back at the Sanctuary, claims that he had a vision of Cale being a creation of God, sent to fulfil the destiny of the Redeemers and cleanse humanity. Cale is betrayed by his lover Arbell and given to the Redeemers in exchange for peace.
So there you have it, I’m so excited to read the second book I’ve ordered it! Hurry up Mr postman!
Happy reading 😉