Book Review: The Left Hand of God


By Tierra Welch

In the Redeemer Sanctuary, the stronghold of a secretive sect of warrior monks, torture and death await the unsuccessful or disobedient. Raised by the Redeemers from early childhood like hundreds of young captives, Thomas Cale has only known deprivation, punishment, and grueling training. He doesn’t know that another world exists outside the fortress walls or even that secrets he can’t imagine lurk behind behind the Sanctuary’s many forbidden doorways. He doesn’t know that his master Lord Bosco and the Sanctuary’s Redeemers have been preparing for a holy war for centuries that is now imminent. And Cale doesn’t know that he’s been noticed and quietly cultivated.

And then, Cale decides to open a door.

It’s a door that leads to one of the Redeemers’ darkest secrets and a choice that is really no choice at all: certain death or daring escape. Adrift in the wider world for the first time in his young life, Cale soon finds himself in Memphis, the capital of culture and the den of Sin. It’s there that Cale discovers his prodigious gift: violence. And he discovers that, after years of abuse at the hands of the Redeemers, his embittered heart is still capable of loving and breaking.

But the Redeemers won’t accept the defection of their special subject without a fight. As the civilizations that has been looming for thousands of years draws near, a world where the faithful are as brutal as the sinful looks to young Cale to decide its fate.

The Left of God by Paul Hoffman is filled with suspense and plot twists. There is a surprising love story between Memphis’ darling child and a cold blooded killer all while is fate tearing them apart. How can two young people escape the call of the unforgiving fate of the Redeemers? What are the Redeemers hiding behind the door? This book will have you wondering what will happen through every chapter. I like this book though, admittedly, it’s not one of my favorites. It has blood, guts, and gore, and it has betrayal, death, and love. It has a little of everything for everyone. I would give this book four stars out of five, but that’s only because it doesn’t really describe the battles very well. Other than that, it’s a really good book and I would recommend to anyone.


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