Author: Levi Black
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Released: July 26th 2016
Review Source: Tor Books
Charlie Tristan Moore isn’t a hero. She’s a survivor. On a night when her demons from the past are triggered, she arrives home to something even more harrowing-an attack by three monstrous skinhounds, creatures straight out of nightmares. She fights but is outmatched. Just as hope seems lost, in sweeps The Man In Black, a rescuer even more monstrous and unlikely, dressed in a long, dark coat that seems to have a life of its own and with a black-bladed sword held in his terrible, red right hand.
Her rescue comes at a cost. She must become his new Acolyte and embrace a dark magick she never knew she had inside her. To ensure she gives it her all, he takes her friend and possible love, Daniel, in thrall as a hostage to her obedience. The Man in Black, a Lovecraftian chaos god, claims to be battling his brethren gods, other horrors who are staging an incipient apocalypse. But is he truly the lesser of all evils or merely killing off the competition? Either way, will Charlie be strong enough to save herself, Daniel, and possibly the entire world?
This is a DNF. I started reading this book in August of 2016, and then it sat after a few chapters. Initially I was intrigued to develop a deeper understanding of her hand and the magic system being put into place.
The Red Right Hand has its ‘ew’ moments but the magic system built up for it was initially, quite fascinating.
Having sat on this book for so long it’s become apparent I wasn’t ever going to finish it. Which is a shame in that I hardly ever not finish a book but this is going to be one of the few.
The writing was good, the story building felt like it was going somewhere but it wasn’t grabbing me and I never had the lust to return to it as other books have grabbed me. Maybe one day down the road when i’m relaxing on vacation with nothing to read (if ever) I can pull it up on my phone and give it a second chance to wow me. When it does, I’ll be back to edit my review.