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

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  908 ratings  ·  91 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Michael Joseph | Penguin (first published July 18th 2013)
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Nikki Finn
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...more
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
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...more
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Obaid Haroon
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...more
T. Edmund
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...more
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...more
Toralf Thomassen
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....more
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...more
Nabeel Thomas
A sinfully good read, right from the delightful "note" in the beginning to the very last page, Hoffman has a unique narration style and rather than being off-key, it somehow manages to draw you in. All in all a good ending to a great series.
Calvin Wong
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).
Matus Rejty
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...more
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...more
Jimmit Shah
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João Henrique

''You can almost hear the beating of His Wings''

I think that in order to review this book, you need to review the entire trilogy, because this last installment in the franchise brings back a lot of facts from the previous books. I liked 1st book, disliked the 2nd one, and loved this 3rd one. The author is really witty and if you don't decide to ''jump'' in his way of narrating the events, you'll end up hating the book. Cale being weak and sick the whole book was at the same time...more
Jon Carton
*PLEASE NOTE - While there are no spoilers for this book in this review, I do talk about certain things from books one and two which, arguably, might be considered spoilers for those books. You've been warned!

Well, here it is. This final installment see's to dreadful and inevitable conclusion all of the dreams, dangers, hopes and fears that were set up during the first two books. As someone who really took to the strange-yet-familiar world that Hoffman created with enthusiasm, I can honestly say...more
Where to begin...or end as that is what it is, an end of the Left Hand Of God trilogy. Anyway, it begins with the three "lads" Thomas Cale, Vague Henri and Kleist following separate tales revolving around Spanish Leeds. They're all waiting for the next big attack by the Redeemers, who basically want to kill everyone including themselves and, as that clash becomes inevitable, the three tales come together

It's been a good series and well worth reading. There are no elves, magicians, dragons or any...more
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.
There was something that didn't quite flow in this book. The second in the series (The Last Four Things) had a similarly disjointed feel, but finished in a more satisfying manner to this one.
Overall, I did find that at the end Hoffman betrayed Cale as a character, taking him from the very definition of martial excellence to a weakened creature. This book steals the final victory of the series and punishes Cale for his past misdeeds.
However, some of the characters themselves still managed to shin...more
Nikhil Jain
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...more
Hati Bell
In het laatste deel van De linkerhand van God serie gaat Paul Hoffman gelukkig weer terug naar zijn roots. Het begin van deze trilogie is een van de beste die ik gelezen heb in de fantasy genre voor wat betreft interessante hoofdpersonages. Toen werd heel mijn euforie verpest omdat deel 2, Het lied van de verlossers, gewoon slecht en saai was.
Thomas Cale wordt door de Orde die hem heeft opgevoed gezien als de Linkerhand van God. Degene die de mensheid gaat uitroeien aangezien de mens zo slecht...more
Less confusing than the second book and with a seemingly moral highground 'The Beating of His Wings' finishes Thomas Cale's story, with a jumble of cities, people taken from history and events that occurred, then wrapping it up neatly at the end.

The author goes on to explain why he did this. So does he mean to say it's set in New York the whole time? Or that we should all stop complaining that it was confusing because we are all morons with US geography? I appreciate the explanation but I still...more
Garrett Herrington
If you've seen my two previous reviews of this series you know I love the character of Thomas Cale. Unfortunately, that isn't the case the whole time in this book. I have trouble adjusting to a book in which, for the most part, he can't do anything. Luckily enough he has two friends who have very interesting story lines, and help to keep you interested in between what we'll call Cale's lovely acts of monstrosity. This book brings you in, and leads you to a path of darkness only to be brought bac...more
Rich Mainville
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Cliff Thompson
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
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Thomas Cale, Left Hand of God, God’s vengeance on humanity, is not what he once was. His strength is deteriorating, his soul thinning; his quality of life, in general, is at an all-time low – even compared to his time with the Redeemers in the Sanctuary. But with the uncertainty of his survival, Cale is even more desperate to return from whence he came – and kill his once-champion, Pope Redeemer Bosco.

It’s taken three books but I think I finally, f...more
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...more
This book, while still pretty much "unputdownable", was not what I expected. This is probably more like a 3.5 for me. (view spoiler)...more
Beatrix Tung
A major reason why this book doesn't get a higher rating than it should, is due to the overwhelming number of people who think like Riba. They just aren't able to immerse themselves in the darkness and delightful wickedness of this book, and hence can never appreciate it properly. My thoughts run along the same wretched train tracks as IdrisPukke and Cale, and I adore Vague Henri. Somehow, these far-from-perfect characters are much more compelling than the utter goodness that is Riba and to some...more
May contain what some might consider light Spoilers.

To be honest, when I started getting into this book I was worried about the outcome but in the end I was surprised.

I thought the way I was refreshed of the first two books was great. It was put in a way I found interesting, covered all major points, and did it without seeming like listing off major events in previous books.

Throughout the book I found there was one part of the writing that personally bugged me. Though I can understand using a w...more
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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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