Title: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
Author: Garth Nix
Publisher: Gollancz (Orion Publishing)
Published: 24th September
CAWPILE: 9.43 (5 stars)
Thank you to Netgalley and Gollancz for my e-arc of this novel.
When I saw this listed on Netgalley and read the synopsis I thought “ooh yes please! This is right up my alley!”. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to pick it up in time to post a review before the publishing date; a shame, as it would have been fun to take part in any blog/social media tours that might have been scheduled around publishing day.
Anywho, I absolutely loved this novel. I thought that the magic system and the way it worked was quite unique despite the links with folklore and legend, and the fact that being left-handed, right-handed or ambidextrous, gives you a certain type of skill-set in this world – and that you can change what which side hand you are, is such a cool concept!
I thought that the novel had a strong plot, it was well-written and the slow-burning romance within it was really subtly done, and definitely didn’t overshadow or take from the main element of the story.
In terms of characters, I adored Merlin, he’s such an eccentric character and I loved his sense of humour, and his personality and protective nature…I think he might be my favourite, just want to give him a big hug. I did like the main character, Susan and her bubbly personality, and the sort of punk-rock-chick sense about her. I found Vivienne, Merlin’s twin a little….not annoying – maybe a little uptight, at first but as the novel progressed I found myself gradually warming to her. Disliked Greene a little, because she seemed very bossy to me and I found her behaviour kind of annoying – I know she’s like, the boss in her job, but the way she acted just really irked me. Some of the secondary characters definitely come to the foreground throughout the story – particularly two or three of them, but I don’t feel like they overshadow the protagonists.
I definitely think that the story wrapped up nicely, but if another book in this world were to be in the works I would definitely see if I could get an arc of it, or pick it up when it released.
Before I love you and leave you, if you’ve read this, what were your thoughts on the book and its characters?
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Until the next time!