Cfar1′s #CBR4 Review #13 of Nancy A. Collins’s Right Hand Magic: A Novel of Golgotham
Around the same time as a discovered the Anita Blake series, I came across three vampire books by Nancy A. Collins, with a recurring main character named Sonia Blue. I rather enjoyed them at the time, despite the heroine having a silver-bladed switchblade as a weapon of choice. I hadn’t heard much from Ms. Collins, although I can’t say that I had looked, then a few months ago, I ran across two new paperbacks at my local big box bookstore. The first of these is Right Hand Magic.
Tate is an aspiring artist who moves out of her apartment/studio to get away from her ex-boyfriend, whom she caught in bed with another woman. Tate comes from a wealthy family, and draws a monthly check, however her media of choice is metal sculpture, and this has to pay room and board and buy supplies. Her family does not approve of her choice of occupation, so she doesn’t ask them for help. She needs an apartment to accommodate not only her check but her occupation, so she checks out an apartment in the section of New York known as Golgotham. This is where the shapeshifters, centaurs and other magicy types hang out. The magicy types can mostly be picked out because they have 6 fingers on each hand, eyes with cat-like pupils, and odd colored hair. Tate’s new landlord, Hex, is a practitioner of good (right hand) magic only and is thus sort of an outcast in the community. They of course hit it off on several levels, but a local crime boss is kidnapping runaway shapeshifters and making them fight in underground matches. Hex and Tate befriend an injured shapeshifter who escaped and heal him, only to have him be kidnapped again, requiring another rescue.
Overall, the book was an interesting and easy read, but the main character seemed to be a cardboard cut-0ut of an attractive and spunky girl trying to make it on her own. She seemed to be there for things to happen to, and she really didn’t develop, noone in the book really did. It was an okay book, a bit heavy on the romance and light on the action for me.