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The Beating of His Wings (The Left Hand of God #3)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  3,021 Ratings  ·  222 Reviews
Following the bestselling novels The Left Hand of God and The Last Four Things comes the final installment of Paul Hoffman’s stark, epic trilogy.
Thomas Cale has been running from the truth...

Since discovering that his brutal military training has been for one purpose—to destroy God’s greatest mistake, mankind itself—Cale has been hunted by the very man who made him into t
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Michael Joseph | Penguin (first published July 18th 2013)
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Aug 11, 2014 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was happy with The Beating of His Wings. It was a good conclusion to Paul Hoffman's The Left Hand of God trilogy. If you have reached this stage of the trilogy then you will already know what to expect from Hoffman's weird writing style. It has remained consistent throughout the series. It's strangely engaging. We did have a couple of weird intros at the start of this book but I found both highly amusing.

The plot revolves around Cale forming the allies he needs to help him in his final battle
Matus Rejty
May 21, 2014 Matus Rejty rated it did not like it
I was going to make an esay on how bad this book actually is. But then i told myself that it is not worth of my time actually.
Lets make a quick summary -
1st book - briliant, sharp, well written we love our hero, we care about him etc.
2nd book - Not so good but good enough to keep us waiting and hoping for big finale
3rd book - Sigh... Not a big finale, not a single logic conclusion (effective hanging still not what we were looking for ) a trilion opened questions which of my most frequently as
Kristina Čechová
Sep 26, 2012 Kristina Čechová rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
A tak tu máme konec jedné skvělé trilogie... zavřela jsem knihu s jemným úsměvem na rtech. Posledních padesát stránek tu bylo velké finále, které v žádném případě neskončilo tak, jak jsem si představovala a přitom mě to nezklamalo. Možná tahle závěrečná část nepředčila první díl, ale rozhodně je svým způsobem nejlepší. Je delší, spousta věcí se vyjasnila, tedy spíše Thomas Cale "vyjasnil".

Je mi líto, že je po všem. V závěrečném díle muselo zemřít hodně osob. líbilo se mi, jak spisovatel z šestn
Jan 23, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-2014
Thomas Cale has been running from the truth. Since discovering that his brutal military training has been for one purpose - to destroy God's greatest mistake, mankind itself - Cale has been hunted by the very man who made him into the Angel of Death: Pope Redeemer Bosco.

Cale is a paradox: arrogant and innocent, generous and pitiless. Feared and revered by those created him, he has already used his breathtaking talent for violence and destruction to bring down the most powerful civilisation in th
Sep 12, 2013 Sasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
So, we have reached the end of The Left Hand of God series. I have to say, a better conclusion than I thought it would be. It also explains many things that weren't quite clear in the previous books and the author himself added even more material to explain his inspiration on what made him write this or that or portray certain people. Still I am torn with this book. I wanted to like it more than I did, but it's still not bad. For that little tug of wanting I subtracted one star and gave it 4 ove ...more
Obaid Haroon
Nov 04, 2012 Obaid Haroon rated it really liked it
And so we come to the end. The greatest hook about this trilogy wasn't the great writing or the amazingly twisted plot. It was the characters. Such abused and flawed creatures that no one in their right mind would spend more then five minutes with one.

And that's exactly why we read a trilogy about three of them.

So first we start off with a confusing few pages. Apparently this book, and it's predecessors, were found in an excavated rubbish tip. Surviving the Great Snowball to tell us al
Thomas Edmund
Apr 04, 2014 Thomas Edmund rated it liked it
Reviewing this book is a challenge. I originally had not planned on completing the series after panning the first book, however then I had to go and receive this book for christmas last year, (of course that means I had to endure read the second, yes I have a reading problem.) In light of this however I felt that maybe I should at least consider Beating of his Wings in the context of someone perhaps enjoying the first two novels.

So 3 stars was my charitable verdict, in all honesty this entire se
Jun 25, 2013 Nanne rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
From the very first book I had no idea what to make of this series but something about it made me keep reading and so when I finished the first book I was curious to see where it would lead. The second book was even more so and now with the end of the third book I feel like I've foolishly plowed on despite knowing better that it was never going to turn out the way I wanted it.

You see the problem with this story is that the characters are entirely unbelievable, grotesque even in their eccentricit
Jul 30, 2013 Liviu rated it really liked it
once upon a time huge asap, left me a bit cold on arrival and i decided to browse through and see if it rekindles my interest or I put it down for good; after a while some great stuff that got me hooked again so back to page 1 and top current read...

finished the book and overall it was a good ending to the series but it became essentially a superhero (or anti-superhero if you want) against the corrupt world and especially the big baddies and the specialness of the first volume and to a large ext
Jan 20, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-20, to-re-read
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Apr 24, 2016 Lanie rated it really liked it
The third book in a trilogy.

Not much point reading it if you haven't read the first two. If you have read them you know what to expect.

More mad geography, more stupid jokes, more clever jokes, more military tactics, more weapons, more death, more insane religious fundamentalism, more historical jigsaw work.

This one brings the series to a conclusion. Unlike the previous two, it is book-ended by a fictional conceit in which the author defends himself against criticism of the first two books. It
Toralf Thomassen
Mar 10, 2014 Toralf Thomassen rated it it was ok
What? is this the end of the book?
It was for so long such a promising story. I was waiting for something big to happen, but the book only drags on with no development. There are a lot of threads that have nothing-as far as I can see-with the story of the book. The whole book is giving an impression of leading to some grand finale, but it just sort of ebbs out into nothingness. It is like this third book is Paul Hoffmans first book, triving to make this and that story connect-but fails miserably.
Dec 15, 2013 Andréia rated it it was ok
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

Confesso que termino essa série dando ‘graças a Deus’, todo mundo brinca que ‘pior do que está não pode ficar’, mas eu sempre falo, pode e com certeza vai. Essa série foi um caso clássico disso. Como uma série que começa bem, tem uma ideia tão interessante e diferente e acaba despencando ladeira abaixo? O final dessa série foi tão sem noção que ainda estou me perguntando por que li essa série. Deveria ter desistido no meio do segundo livro.

Os aconteci
Apr 20, 2014 Dryad86 rated it it was ok
The Premise: Last book in the Cane Trilogy. Really, what else can one say?

Other comments: Arg. The first two books were so great it's tragic that this one falls so short. I developed a completely unsubstantiated theory that the book existed in outline form and was hurriedly written to a deadline.

This is why we shouldn't whine when books we are waiting for take a long time. Let this be a (hypothetical) example of what we get when the author is rushed.

I also suspect that the author was being posse
Jan 16, 2013 Phil rated it liked it
Everything was great and heading towards a five star...spoilerish alert...the ending left me deflated. Paul really knows how to take you into his world and show you the intricacies of it with the sort of clarity shared by Philip Pullman.

However, the ending seemed rushed. As if he wasn't clear on how he wanted to end it, or maybe an indication of pressure for a timely release. Either way I will be purchasing more of this author. The only weakness was the ending in this trilogy. Otherwise I would
Calvin Wong
Aug 02, 2013 Calvin Wong rated it it was amazing
The ending was rather melancholic. However, the conclusion to the series still contained everything I love; the brutal sarcasm, the in your face quotable phrases, and the unorthodox fantasy battle tactics (how realistic it is, I can't say).
Feb 08, 2017 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-dystopian
Páni. Že čtete o někom a o nějakém světě, i když pozorně a se zvědavostí, někdy s obavou, neznamená to, že na konci se vám dostane zázračného prozření :-). Jen malého posunu, který časem snad povede k převratnějším věcem. Jen se musím postarat, aby to nedopadlo jako s tím motýlem, kameny v řece, dubovým kmenem a loděmi.
Radi Radev

Добрият писател трябва да може да цитира Ницше и да псува като моряк. Публикувах това изречение на английски език в Туитър и моментално беше ретуитвано от девет човека.
Пол Хофман е добър писател. В неговия роман открих и философски проникновения, и изключително брутални псувни. Интересно е, че мъдрите му размисли са разбираеми за всеки човек със средна и по-висока от средната интелигентност. Отбелязвам го, защото неотдавна писах ревюта на книги, които са п
Nikhil Jain
Dec 29, 2013 Nikhil Jain rated it liked it
I have often felt that it is only in the process of describing something that I really come to terms with my understanding of it, which supposedly is my justification for the pointless rants that I have to employ in order to pave a path towards better clarity. How does one completely dissociate oneself from the influence of a story and talk about it in an objective manner is, as a concept, lost on me.

A narrative is, to me, not only a sequential revelation of characters and events, rather, a proc
Cliff Thompson
Nov 23, 2012 Cliff Thompson rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened
I've read many negative reviews of this third book in Hoffman's trilogy. I certainly understand their frustration. Hoffman begins by placing the fiction in a historical/archeological context, much like Herbert does at the beginning of "God Emperor of Dune." Hoffman's third book, we learn, has been found in the "Rubbish Tips of Paradise" which seems to be some vast chaotic wasteland of source materials from before the "Snowball," a global freezing some 165,000 years earlier. Somehow, knowing that ...more
Metodi Markov
Nov 14, 2016 Metodi Markov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, linz
Последната част от трилогията за патилата на Томас Кейл, известен още като Петата погибел.

През цялото време не можах да се отърва от усещането, че тази книга не е писана от същия човек, написал първите две. Малко бавно начало и шеметен, но много човешки край. До толкова, че да изглежда на моменти дори нелеп, но както това често се случва в истинския живот.

Допадна ми много играта на автора с имената на същестували или същестуващи и до днес места, държави и хора. Препратките към Спарта, Стогодиш
Though this was fiction, there was a lot of it that reflected real life events ... but with a different name. If I had a chance, wold probably give this book 4.5 stars ... needed a little bit more at the end ... but wow. I learnt a lot about warfare, battle tactics and torture. What really hooked me, was the role that little normal everyday things had on major events ... how thousands of people could lose there lives because one person tripped over ... and the lift of a butterfly wing could resu ...more
Jimmit Shah
Nov 02, 2013 Jimmit Shah rated it really liked it
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Jan 30, 2015 Mike rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the first two books and most of this third and final part of the trilogy. Thomas Cale is a very interesting, complex and terrifying character indeed.

However I found the opening and closing device whereby the books are described as some form of lost gospels resulting in political persecution from the translation as, quite frankly, weird. It distracted from the story. I would have preferred an epilogue similar to the second book where Hoffman explained the sources for his main sc
Aug 18, 2013 Rory rated it it was amazing
I loved this series of books. The final book has not disappointed. Great characters, black humour, brutal violence and expansive battle scenes. A pleasure to read. Looking forward to seeing what Paul Hoffman does next. This will be hard to beat.
Aug 14, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
I'm glad I read this trilogy but I wish the writing style had been less clever, less show-offy. The story dealt with very human themes in a really interesting way, but also it was a really good yarn with great characters.
Chris Thomas
Sep 18, 2015 Chris Thomas rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Completely incoherent. very difficult to follow. the overall plot gets lost. no payoff. very disappointed after a great first novel.
Miłośniczka Książek
Sep 07, 2014 Miłośniczka Książek rated it liked it
Shelves: fantastyka
"Człowiek walczący z potworami niechaj lepiej baczy, aby walka ta i jego nie zamieniła w potwora. Jeśli patrzysz w otchłań zbyt długo, otchłań odwzajemni twoje spojrzenie."

Thomas Cale cierpi. To już nie ten sam wszechmocny młodzieniec, rzucający się bez zastanowienia w wir walki, pozbawiający na prawo i lewo życia ludzi, którzy ośmielili się stanąć na jego drodze. Dotarło do niego, że nie jest jedynie bezwzględną maszyną do zabijania, lewą ręką Boga, Aniołem Śmierci siejącym na ziemi strach i sp
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Possibly the only novelist of his generation to be born by the light of a paraffin lamp, Paul Hoffman spent much of his childhood on airfields all around the world watching his father – a pioneer of sports parachuting and European Champion – jumping out of aeroplanes. After a long battle with the English educational system which involved avoiding school whenever possible he was offered a place to ...more
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