Right Hand Magic – Nancy A. Collins [Review]

Right Hand Magic is the first book in the Golgotham series by Nancy A. Collins. This urban fantasy novel was published by Roc in 2010.

Right Hand Magic


Like most Manhattanites, aspiring artist Tate can’t resist a good rental deal-even if it’s in the city’s strangest neighborhood, Golgotham, where for centuries werewolves, centaurs, and countless other creatures have roamed the streets.

Her new landlord is a sorcerer name Hexe, who is determined to build his reputation without using dark, left-hand magic. As Tate is drawn into Hexe’s fascinating world, they both find that the right hand does not always know what the left hand is doing-and avoiding darkness is no easy trick…

Jen’s Review of RIGHT HAND MAGIC

*I originally reviewed this book on Books That Hook. 

Quick Review: I enjoyed reading Right Hand Magic enough to read another book in the series. The plot is messy, but the story is entertaining.

  • Point of view: first person
  • Tense: past
  • Setting: New York City
  • Pet Peeves: none

About the plot

Some books are like hot wheels on their tracks. They go through the loops, but you’ll always know where they’ll end up. Other books are like balloons. You’re not quite sure where they are going, but it’s fun to watch them get there. Right Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins is more like a balloon. It took me over a quarter of the book before I was sure of the story goal. Then, it drifted away from that goal for a while. Eventually, it came back and the rest of the book was on course. Once I finished, I realized that none of the scenes were purposeless. There were just a lot of subplots and explanations. It could have gotten to the point quicker, but it was still enjoyable.

What it’s about: Tate, a metal sculptor, moves to Golgatham because she needs a place where she can work and not disturb her neighbors. Hexe becomes her landlord. She’s attacked by a were-cougar, who is really just a teenage boy on the run. Hexe and Tate help the boy. Much later in the book, the people he was running from find him and Hexe and Tate go to rescue him.

My Likes and Dislikes

I really don’t have many complaints about the book. I liked the main character, Tate, and her romantic interest, Hexe. The world-building was excellent. It’s set in an alternate New York City that includes a section of town called Golgatham which is the home of all the non-humans such as satyrs, minotaurs, leprechauns, etc. I also liked that this book was different from so many others I’ve read in the sense that Tate had no powers. My main dislike is the lack of organization to the plot. It seemed all over the place at times. But, that’s not enough of a dislike for me to take off too many stars, because as I said earlier the ride was still fun even if it meandered a lot.

Do I Recommend?

Yes, I do recommend reading Right Hand Magic. It isn’t the best urban fantasy book I have read, but it’s still worth checking out if you haven’t already.

My rating: I give RIGHT HAND MAGIC 4 out of 5 stars (B)

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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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