The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman is the gripping first instalment in a remarkable 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.
The Left Hand of God is a must read. It is the first instalment in a gripping trilogy by Paul Hoffman. Imagine if Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials met Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose. Fans of epic heroic fiction will love this series.
Praise for Paul Hoffman:
'This book gripped me from the first chapter and then dropped me days later, dazed and grinning to myself' Conn Iggulden
'Tremendous momentum' Daily Telegraph
'A cult classic . . .' Daily Express
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Left Hand of God
The story line is quite dark, and if you don't listen to it very carefully at all times it is sometimes hard to keep track of what is going on. But the reading is v. good and the plot origional and interesting. I'd reccomend it.
This was a bit of a stab in the dark for me as I had never heard of the author before. I wasn't expecting much and was very wrong! Well written with engaging characters and a dark plot, I just couldn't pull the earphones out. My only complaint (If it is one) is how annoying at times the lead character can be. He has next to zero people skills and you will find yourself screaming at your IPod. But he's consitantly written that way, I guess that's half of his anti-charm. I recommend it too.
Well worth the money
A great book that lives up to all the pre published hype. It had me gripped from the 1st chapter and always left me wanting to listen on. The 1st third of the book is thrilling and has the listener on edge. However, as the story moves onto memphis, this pace and momentum seems to be lost for a large section of the book and the tension built up at the start seems to disappear as the author builds a picture of the characters. As the story moves on though the pace and excitment return and sets up the book for a jaw dropping finish.
The narator also adds alot to the story, giving each character life and adding drama to each line. This great narration helped to hold my attention help me build a better picture of the scene being described.