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Review: Red Right Hand by Levi Black

Red Right HandTitle: Red Right Hand

Author: Levi Black

Genre: Horror/Urban Fantasy

Series: Red Right Hand (Book #1)

Publication Date: July 26, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0765382482 (Tor/Macmillan)

ISBN-13: 978-0765382481 (Tor/Macmillan)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

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?

Quick & Dirty: Fans of H.P. Lovecraft will want to check out this action packed homage to his creatures.

Opening Sentence: The cheap alcohol burned as it splashed down my throat.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Red Right Hand by Levi Black is a dark urban fantasy/horror that often rides the line of uncomfortable and grotesque. If you are squeamish, this book is not for you. I was really excited to get my hands on a copy of this book. I really enjoy the darker side of things but I felt this one was a little over the top at times. The writing is very descriptive so much so that I often got lost in the action and this book is action packed. I would have to re-read passages just to make sure caught what happened. There were also a few times where if I would have kept reading, my confusion would have been answered too.

Charlotte Tristan Moore has hidden mystical powers that she never knew about. When she is attacked by a group of skinhounds, her life is forever changed. As a descendent of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Charlie becomes a pawn in a “gods” quest to make sure the human world isn’t destroyed. Nyarlathotep aka the Man in Black aka the Crawling Chaos has saves Charlie from the skinhounds because she has the sight to find other creatures/”gods” like himself. In order to keep Charlie doing as he wants, Nyarlathotep has also enlisted her boyfriend Daniel because of his own family history of god worship which helps give these dark and demented gods their power.

Charlie is an angry woman. She has lived through something no young woman should have to live through. As a result, it has kept her from living her life. She has done little things here and there to help her take her life back but she still can’t move on from the memories of that night. She uses anger and sarcasm as a shield.

Nyarlathotep is a man of few words. He’s very cryptic and often finds Charlie’s sarcasm funny. He has no problem using Charlie and Daniel as pawns as long as he can get them to do what he needs them too. Nyarlathotep also has a strange flowing coat that seems to have a mind of its own. A coat that seems strangely attracted to Charlie.

Red Right Hand is quite action packed. The events take place over the course of two days. During that time, Charlie has quite a few epiphanies about how she lives her life, her feelings towards her boyfriend Daniel and doles out a little revenge of her own.

This novel is for fans of H.P. Lovecraft. Some of his creatures are showcased within the story. Unfortunately, I haven’t read any Lovecraft so I’m not entirely sure how true it is to the original. This novel is more of a fan fiction, saying that H.P. was actually seeing things that are affecting our world and now Charlie has to destroy those strange creatures.

As with all things, Charlie may not have the full story of why Nyarlathotep is using her. Things are not as they seem. The overall story was entertaining but I had a hard time staying focused on the story with all the descriptiveness. The ending actually has me intrigued to where Charlie’s story will go from here. I do want to know what happens next. If you are a fan of horror and darker stories then I definitely say give this one a try but if you don’t care for dark stories, stay away from this one.

Notable Scene:

“Charlotte Tristan Moore, I am not the only one who will seek you out now that your gift has been activated. There are other things, things that crawl and slither at the edge of night, things that would find you. They wil come, and they will not have the mercy I have shown.”

“Mercy? I haven’t seen any mercy from you.”

“I spared your life from the skinhounds. I have not slaughtered your friends in their sleep, even though I could. I have not sought out everyone you love and care for and reduced them to mewling pieces of meat that cry for death as a relief from the tortures inflicted upon them.” His red right hand tapped the tabletop. “You will not receive such kindness from those that will seek you without my protection.”

“Wait a minute, you’re the one who Marked me! If these things come, it will be because of what you did to me.”

“That does not matter.” He stuttered in my sight again, suddenly standing without having stood. “What matters now is your choice. Serve as my Acolyte and be protected, or refuse and die.” He reached out his hand, his red right hand, to me.

My eyes narrowed. Anger twisted in my belly like a snake.

“You’re a bastard.”

The Man in Black chuckled in amusement.

Red Right Hand Series:

1. Red Right Hand

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FTC Advisory: Tor/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Red Right Hand. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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