The Left Hand of God (Hardcover)

By Paul Hoffman

Dutton Adult, 9780525951315, 384pp.

Publication Date: June 15, 2010

July 2010 Indie Next List

“The Left Hand of God is one fantasy novel that steps out of the mold, focusing on culture and character without the razzle-dazzle of beasties and magic. With an intriguing array of characters, plot twists, and just a touch of mystery, this story will keep you guessing. Dark, unpredictable, and witty, this is a real page-turner that will leave you thirsting for more.”
— Skye C. Ange-Roland, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
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Paul Hoffman's novel of astonishing scope and imagination, featuring a darkly gifted teenage boy at the center of a brutal holy war, grabs the reader from its incredible opening lines and refuses to let go. "The Left Hand of God" is the first novel in an epic, ambitious trilogy that will prove irresistible to the readers who have turned the Inheritance Cycle, "Twilight," and the "His Dark Materials" series into publishing phenomena.
"The Left Hand of God" is the story of sixteen-year-old Thomas Cale, who has grown up imprisoned at the Sanctuary of the Redeemers, a fortress run by a secretive sect of warrior monks in a distant, dystopian past. He is one of thousands of boys who train all day in hand-to-hand combat, in preparation for a holy war that only the High Priests know is now imminent. He has no reason to think he's special, no idea there's another world outside the compound's walls, and no hope for a life any different from the one he already knows.
And then, Cale opens a door.
What follows is a daring escape, an unlikely alliance, a desperate pursuit, a journey of incredible discovery, and an adventure the likes of which Cale could never possibly have imagined, culminating in Cale's astonishing realization that he alone has the power to save his world- or to destroy it.
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About the Author

Paul Hoffman studied English at New College, Oxford before becoming a senior film censor at the British Board of Film Classification. He lives in the United Kingdom. "The Left Hand of God" is the first in trilogy following Cale.

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