The 'left hand of God' has long been equated with the 'hand of judgment', or in the case of this book, 'of death'. And there certainly seems to be quite a bit of that in this book (but it's no different from any other type of story set in medieval-like times). This is the first book of a trilogy, and it takes the entire book to flesh out the central character. However, it is an engaging read all the way and at no time does it feel like a long, drawn-out story. The sequel to this is, 'The Last Four Things'.