The Left Hand of God is a stunning first installment in a remarkable epic trilogy...
"Listen. The Sanctuary of the Redeemers on Shotover Scarp is named after a damned lie for there is no redemption that goes on there and less sanctuary."
The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is a vast and desolate place - a place without joy or hope. Most of its occupants were taken there as boys and for years have endured the brutal regime of the Lord Redeemers whose cruelty and violence have one singular purpose - to serve in the name of the One True Faith.
In one of the Sanctuary's vast and twisting maze of corridors stands a boy. He is perhaps fourteen or fifteen years old - he is not sure and neither is anyone else. He has long-forgotten his real name, but now they call him Thomas Cale. He is strange and secretive, witty and charming, violent and profoundly bloody-minded. He is so used to the cruelty that he seems immune, but soon he will open the wrong door at the wrong time and witness an act so terrible that he will have to leave this place, or die.
His only hope of survival is to escape across the arid Scablands to Memphis, a city the opposite of the Sanctuary in every way: breathtakingly beautiful, infinitely Godless, and deeply corrupt.
But the Redeemers want Cale back at any price... not because of the secret he now knows but because of a much more terrifying secret he does not.
©2010 Paul Hoffman; (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks Ltd
Really enjoyable book, with great narrator, perfect pairing as few books seem to have the right narrator for the job! Great listen, engrossing story and looking forward to the next part!
Although I acknowledge this book is not particularly great literature and that there is nothing terribly original in it, it is a really entertaining fantasy book. There are elements of it that are contrived and other parts which make you roll your eyes, but on the whole it is fine and keeps going at a great pace and compels one to read it to the end. If you take your fantasy seriously (to me 'Serious Fantasy' is an oxymoron) then you will probably be able to quote lots of better books and authors, but if you want an easy listening experience without taking it all too seriously, then this is as good as the next.
In a nutshell, if you are a 3rd Dan 'Dungeons and Dragons' Master who has memorised everything that Terry Brookes ever wrote and go to LOTR conventions dressed as an Orc, this is probably not the book for you. For everyone else who has realistic expectations (look at the cover illustration, for goodness sake!) of what this book is going to deliver, give it a try.
I for one am looking forward to the sequel.
"Exceptional and utterly engrossing..."
This audio book is a must for anyone keen on well written fantasy or historical novels. It creates a sort of nineteenth century/medieval composite world which, incongruous as it may seem, is beautifully realized. I delayed getting my head down to work for five hours because I couldn't bring myself to turn it off. As another review says, the narrator perfectly matches the story. Good narrators like this are hard to find and this is frequently the undoing of an otherwise great audio book.
"Excellent and weird!"
I didn't remember reading the blurb about this book so found myself very confused for the first few chapters. It was quite unlike something I thought I would have chosen but it was so interesting that I continued to listen. And I'm glad I did, it's brilliantly written, very tense and also very weird! For a while I couldn't figure out if this was set in the real world or a fantasy and I'm still not sure, lots of made up words and places and people but all so believable. If I'd read a hard copy I'd probably have found it 'unputdownable', the fact that I was listening I guess makes it 'unturnoffable'?! Now where's the next part?!
Great story, performed brilliantly.
The story is excellent and I love the characters; the reading is also excellent. The best thing is that it's part of a trilogy (which I have only just realised) and I cannot wait for the next installment!
I do not usually read this genre and bought this by mistake. I admit to being surprised and genuinely gripped by the book. I have consequently broadened where I look in the bookshop and found the whole experience enlightening
"A Riveting Audio Book and Excellently Narrated"
This has got to be in my Top 5 audio book list. Once I started I could stop listing which meant a sleepless night! Fantastic story telling with excellent narration. Highly recommended.
I'm not normally drawn to fantasy books with the exception of the odd Terry Pratchett but I was riveted by this story.
I liked the hero's no nonsense approach to violence.
I'm looking forward to further instalments.
"The Left Hand of God"
Magnificent, the story, prose and narration are perfect. will be the first to buy part two.
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