"Writers like Hoffman are too rare. This wonderful book gripped me from the first chapter and dropped me days later, dazed and grinning to myself." -Conn Iggulden, New York Times bestselling author of The Dangerous Book for Boys
Raised from early childhood in the Redeemer Sanctuary, the stronghold of a secretive sect of warrior monks, Thomas Cale has known only deprivation, punishment, and grueling training. When he escsapes to the outside world, Cale learns that his embittered heart is still capable of loving- and breaking.
But the Redeemers won't accept the defection of their prized pupil without a fight...
I almost didn't buy this book because I thought it was a kids/young adult book. I am glad I did. Far from being a child's book this book really delves into some adult/religious themes. I couldn't stop reading it.
A dark medieval fantasy
My son recommended this book to me over the phone, and I purchased it while we were talking. The Left Hand of God takes place in a complex fantasy world that is woven from threads of inspiration from history and literature, spanning the ancient Persian Empire. It was fun to trace out the oblique geographic references as I was reading using Wikipedia and Google Earth.
The prose is spare and fast moving. The characters are drawn concisely and efficiently. But the plot unfolds like a very dark arabesque tale. This was very diverting.
So, the first few chapters were dark and stark, so much so, that I almost quit reading. Then the whole story seemed to open up with possibilities. Very interesting book, I highly recommend it.