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The Last Four Things

(The Left Hand of God #2)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  7,398 ratings  ·  400 reviews
The epic story of Thomas Cale-introduced so memorably in "The Left Hand of God"--continues as the Redeemers use his prodigious gifts to further their sacred goal: the extinction of humankind and the end of the world.
To the warrior-monks known as the Redeemers, who rule over massive armies of child slaves, "the last four things" represent the culmination of a faithful lif
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published April 28th 2011 by Michael Joseph
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Dec 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Wow, I'm so disappointed. I think I just wasted my time. How did this get so bad and so out of control? I had liked the first book, really liked it and I got into this hoping and wishing for a book that would blew me away... Instead, I got a bland, boring book..

I swear, by the end of the book nothing has really happened. I did an experiment while reading the book and read some paragraphs and skipping some because I felt like there were lots of detail with no reason whatsoever.

The writing, the p
Jul 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
c2011. From Hero to zero - considering how much I enjoyed the first book. I did not find this to be "epic" which is how it is described by the publisher. By the author's own admission, this story contains "many acts of righteous larceny" culling, distorting and summarising some well known historical events and personalities. While I felt that he got away with it in the first book, this second book was a real mish mash cobbled loosely together (see what I mean). I actually hated this book...disap ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This had a very different feel to the first book in the series. I was more of a droll military fantasy. I liked it, but not as much as the first book.

The plot lacked the humor and fast pace of the first book, but was still interesting enough. I enjoyed learning more of Bosco's plans for Cale and the world as a whole and his scheming made for compelling reading. He does think big!

Cale is still an interesting character to read about, but he is a bit less likable in this one as he was still strug
Below quick thoughts as I was reading the book; as usual I will c/p the full FBC review in due course

4/16; Some 1/3-1/2 in the book and it is as crazily inventive and good
as The Left Hand of God, with the same alternating of styles, tones and narrative modes; there is considerably more backstory and world building and things make sense and hang together well, but the same "all but the kitchen sink" is thrown in and this one has some stuff that's even more outrageously funny than in The Left Han
Lord Nouda
Jul 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
If anything, it was only marginally better than the first book. In other words, still completely horrible to read. The Last Four Things was a confusing mess of random turn of events, spurred on by the whims of characters who themselves don't know what they want to do. If the plot wasn't being predictable as hell, it was being entirely random; kind of like a retard wandering around a well-known paved road and then deciding in his little mad head to go off the path into the unknown.

1. The battles
Nick Brett
Jul 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
I was underwhelmed by The Left Hand of God, while I thought it had potential it was also flawed. The test was going to be whether the author built on the potential or not.
Sadly, in The Last Four Things the flaws are much more evident in a rather difficult read where the author seems to have abandoned the potential and built in more flaws! The narrative style seems different, with a smug observational style and the author then rather over indulges himself in the very things that jarred in the fi
Michael Sliter
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine
Ora portanto, resumindo o livro numa "palavra": nhe.
Quando li A Mão Esquerda de Deus, ao início achei o livro um pouco parado e desinteressante. No entanto a partir mais ou menos das 100 pág a história começou a tornar-se interessante. Parecia que as coisas aconteciam com uma finalidade.
Quando parti para As Quatro Últimas Coisas ia preparada para que pudesse, eventualmente, acontecer o mesmo. Um início mais morno e depois desenvolvimentos interessantes. Não podia ter ficado mais decepcionada. O
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
hanging on the three star border...

I want to love the books in this series. I probably do a bit. So let me explain my rating...

When reading the first book I fell in love with the main character. And the idea for the story? Wow. Very nice there Hoffman! But when I finished the first one I was left with the thought that not a lot had actually happened in it. Sure, there were parts of action and big revelations, but when I turned the last page I was still waiting for that something.

Never the less
Mark Harrison
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book two of the series. Now recaptured Cale seems destined to help the Redeemers defeat all enemies and bring darkness down on the world. Feeling betrayed and now separated from his friends he attacks the role with relish out generaling all comers in brutal battles. The book is grim, dark and utterly gruesome with maybe one character with a hint of redeeming features. Having said that I love the edgy feel and the matter of fact brutality is not gratuitous. All in all a good series and looking fo ...more
Kristina Čechová
Thomas Cale. Čtyři poslední věci je již druhý díl této trilogie. Pro hlavního hrdinu mám opravdu velkou slabost. Již v prvním díle si mě získal svou krutostí, chytrostí, nebojácností, ale také dobrým srdcem. Po přečtení druhého dílu jsem si říkala, že by Thomasovi neuškodila ještě krutější povaha. Obvykle to nesnesu, ale tenhle akolyta si o to naprosto říká. Nicméně, ačkoli jsem byla z pokračování Levé ruky Boží unešena, nemohu říci, že by bylo stejně tak výborné. Ani nedokážu přesně popsat v če ...more
Katrina Ly
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this book was just as great as the first book. It had an awesome plot which contains a twist at the end which you will NEVER (and believe me when i say NEVER) see coming. The writing was as gripping as always and no less expected from paul Hoffman whose fast becoming one of my favourite authors. now, some people might say that this book was darker than the first and to a degree this is true but its only because this book doesn't have all that sappy romance in it (not that there's anything wrong ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa, fantasy
Sia chiaro che odio queste finte trilogie.
Non sono tre romanzi, ma un unico romanzo in tre volumi.
La storia diventa sempre più complessa e le battaglie sempre più violente.
Le vicende personali sempre più drammatiche e gli incontri sempre meno verosimili, ma, in un romanzo del genere, va bene così.
Mi tocca leggere il terzo tomo.
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"The Last Four Things"
So how does the sequel to "The Left Hand of God" fare? I think for a lot of people it will have a similar marmite effect, it is one of those books that leaps and bounds around the imagination, pulling references from the literary world willy-nilly EG: Edmund Spencer's A view of the present state of Ireland, to show a description of starvation (which Hoffman does in gruesome fashion), the king James bible, a Boer war training manual and many more. As well as ideas from histo
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
4 Stars

The Last Four Things by Paul Hoffman picks up right where the first book the Left Hand of God left off. After my first read through the first book, I doubted that I would ever go on with the series. I decided to reread the first book, and I am glad that I did. The problems that I had with it the first time through now seemed forgivable and the story felt fresh and new. It is rare but on occasion a second time through can change your perspective. Here I am now having completed the second b
Blodeuedd Finland
Sure I read it fast, but would I have read on if this had been book 1...? No. I have to read it ok then.

The thing is that nothing happened, and if something happened it was rather fast and dull. What is Cole now? 15? Srsly he should be older, I cannot take him for serious. He goes from lamenting over Arbell (how old was she anyway? euww.) to butchering people. All while I am all, just put a arrow through his neck. That kid needs a talking to. I liked him in book 1, there he was growing, here I c
Alice Spades
a primeira metade do livro foi dolorosa, não aconteceu absolutamente nada de relevante. depois lá ganhou algum interesse, mas mesmo assim tive de ler algumas partes 'na diagnonal'. espero que o último livro seja melhor tbh
Despina Frantzi♡
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not as good as the first one. This book was dragging and I had to skip so many pages about war and stuff that I didn't need to read about. Only in the last few pages,the plot started to become more interesting. I hope the next book is like the first one.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Cosa dire, cosa dire....sto leggendo in un'unica tirata questa trilogia...cosa dire, cosa dire...
Hoffman non è un cattivo scrittore, ma neanche bravo e forse a volte vuole riscrivere Il Signore degli Anelli, ma altre vorrebbe scrivere una storia sua. Sta di fatto che anche con questo secondo libro siamo alle 200 pagine: na noia che ti pugnaleresti gli occhi e le ultime 100 che non smetteresti mai di leggere.
La prima parte è legata al rientro di Cale nei Redentori. Tutta questa p
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Four Things is the sequel to Left Hand of God.
It continues to follow the story of Thomas Cale, now back with the Redeemers, and separated from his two `friends'.

I will start with what I liked. The first thing, which I also liked about the first book, was what feelings I have when reading about Cale. I feel pity, sympathy, but mixed in with disgust. Sometimes his actions make me cringe, and his coldness make me fear he knows no remorse, his actions make him seem like a stone-cold killer.
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Rasanya lebih suka buku pertamanya, deh...
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Last Four Things continues the story begun in The Left Hand of God with Thomas Cale - the young man heralded as the 'Incarnation of God's Wrath' - back in the hand of the Redeemers and his erstwhile and hated master Bosco. Bosco believes that God has ordained the race of mankind to be destroyed for it's imperfection and that Cale is the instrument of the Almighty's anger.

Cale, heartbroken and disillusioned by the events in the first book, goes along with Bosco's direction as life with the Re
Amandeep Singh
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it

I picked up the first book based on a good review by a critic. I had a lot of high expectations from the first book (The left Hand of God) which unfortunately it was not able to live upto. But after starting the story I just had to see it through. So this is how I continued on the adventures of one Mr. Thomas Cale and believe me I was just blown away. The book was unputdownable (not only because of the long chapters).

The Last four things is a good fast paced continuation to a rather slow start.
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-reads, fantasy
When we last saw Thomas Cale, he'd just gone through battle and heartbreak, then was handed over to the Redeemer who made Cale's life at the Sanctuary positively miserable. He learns that Redeemer Bosco actually has a plan for him--to mold him into the Angel of Death. And as it happens, so far Cale has been pretty darn good at bringing chaos and ruin wherever he goes...

Now, to say that Cale is an evil mastermind is completely overstating it--he's just had a combination of (mostly) bad luck and o
Thomas Edmund
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I really wasn't going to go forward with this series. After finding Left Hand a painful and clumsy exercise in poor writing I decided to ditch the series (which is a big thing for me)

Unfortunately some well-meaning friends gave me the third book for xmas last year. Well me being me, rather than thanking my friends and returning the book, I loaned The Last Four Things from the library.

What struck me first is an apparent change in tone. Maybe I just didn't pick up on it in the last book, but the v
James Curtis
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was no where near as the first one in the series. It was... passable.

After the first one I felt that there was great character development and a great plot line getting ready to unfold. However, the reality was something else.

The plot was... boring. It didn't hold much attention for me and seemed to jump around the place. The characters became annoying and dull, and as the time passed so quickly I just couldn't give a damn about them or what they were up to.

In fact the first three quarte
JJ DeBenedictis
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Like the first book in the trilogy, my rating for this one is more because it's so memorable and well-executed than because I liked it.

There is a lot a person *could* like about this book, but you also have to be able to tolerate the very cynical view of humanity it takes as well as horrifyingly-skewed version of Christianity it portrays. It's all really interesting stuff, and I can see some readers loving this and others hating it. I was merely flummoxed by it, but I also haven't been able to s
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Mě se to líbilo mnohem víc než první kniha. Možná je to tím že jak jsou prázdniny a v knihovně nic není a já se nemůžu dokopat ke Kindlu, probírám se samýma plevama tak mi tohle přišlo dost dobré. Já toho hajzlíka Calea prostě žeru a jsem fakt zvědavá jak to s ním dopadne, doufám že se nenechá zabít!

Jen by mě zajímalo, taková věcička - jestli si to pan Hoffman dobře spočítal...? V knize se tvrdí, že ta Kleistova kočena je v devátém měsíci, ovšem Arbell je v měsíci osmém a tvrdí že dítě je Caleo
Bart Van Loon
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: at-home, fiction
I was pretty disappointed, really. Two years ago, I found `The Left Hand of God' to be a really wonderful book. I loved the protagonist Cale, and the setting in The Sanctuary. I was looking forward to this sequel that I even temporarily quit another book I'm curently reading to start with it as soon as I got my hands on it. This time, however, I was never really dragged into the story, nor the world in which it takes place. Also the dark and bitter atmosphere I loved so much in the first book se ...more
Ivan Bogdanov
Последно време на Запад има една тенденция - пусне ли се качествена книга, почват да се пишат едни дълги продължения, сякаш се готвят все ново колело да издават . Тази книга е поредната в този списък. Първата беше сравнително нова и интересна, но във втората част действието се разстла така, че не е ясно как ще се събере.
Авторът е доста добре запознат с военната история и продължава да се бъзика с големите битки в Средновековието, макар че обърква тотално епохите - праща спартанци срещу оръдия.
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