The Left Hand of God

The Left Hand of God

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 34mm | 358.34g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141042370
  • 9780141042374
  • 26,678

About Paul Hoffman

Paul Hoffman is the author of three previous novels, The Last Four Things (2011), The Left Hand of God (2010),The Golden Age of Censorship (2007), a black comedy based on his experiences as a film censor and The Wisdom of Crocodiles (2000), which predicted the collapse of the world financial system. His Left Hand of God series was critically acclaimed. The Beating of His Wings is his latest novel.
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Rating details

13,521 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 22% (2,985)
4 38% (5,079)
3 28% (3,736)
2 9% (1,254)
1 3% (467)

Our customer reviews

Also published in <a href=""><b>"A Cup of Coffee and a Book"</b></a> Where to begin? Oh, right. I only gave it three stars 'cause in the end it begins to get a bit interesting. So, this was one of the weirdest, slightly boring books I've ever read. Not that I haven't enjoyed it, which I did, but it only became interesting in the last chapter. Actually, you don't even understand much what's going one during the entire book and then, in the end, when Redeemer Bosco tells the main character, Thomas Cale, what he truly is, you kind of feel like you want more - and I haven't felt that before that particular scene. I told a friend of mine that this was the sort of book I wouldn't be desperate for the second one, but I admit wanting to know what the hell is going to happen. So, after reading the mountains of books I have to read, and as soon as I find <a href=""><i>"The Last Four Things"</i></a> in my book store, I might buy more
by Leonor (Ner)
this story starts in the foreboding redeemers sanctuary with the young thomas cale being the main character,there cale is witness to a horrible crime that he thought impossible to beleive only days before,the holy redeemers have who have moulded young cale into a fighting machine body and soul,have not been practising what they preach?this discovery days before has rocked all cales beliefs and changes his young life,this is a great story and has good characters but its failure to really ground the story is confuseing with references to major eartly cities keiv jeruselum etc. wth out explaining where it is taking place earth? a different earth?earth at another time and so on,in short it is not important over all ,with a planned trilogy these niggles should be cleared up.roll on more
by thomas swift
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