**This title will be released on July 6, 2010**
ENEMIES DON’T NEED TO BE ALIVE TO BE DEADLY.
For Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. As an agent of the Church of Real Truth, Chess must expose those looking to profit from the world’s unpleasant little poltergeist problem—humans filing false claims of hauntings—all while staving off any undead who really are looking for a kill. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.
Someone’s taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure the rumors that it’s the work of a ghost are way off base. But proving herself right means walking in the path of a maniac, not to mention standing between the two men in her life just as they—along with their ruthless employers—are moving closer to a catastrophic showdown. Someone is dealing in murder, sex, and the supernatural, and once again Chess finds herself right in the crossfire.
Book 2 in The Downside Ghosts Series
Like any drug, the first taste gets your attention but its the second taste that gets you hooked. I though the first Downside Ghosts book, Unholy Ghosts, was an impressive debut, but UNHOLY MAGIC is even better. I am well and truly addicted to this dark, seductive urban fantasy series.
Ghosts were stronger underground; no witch willingly went below the surface of the earth, not without a Church edict or a death wish. Chess had both to varying degrees… –First line from UNHOLY MAGIC
Chess Putnam is a total train wreck of a human being. Her childhood was spent bouncing from one abusive foster home to the next. In her adult life she is a junkie, becoming more and more dependent on her pills and Speed just to make it through the day. Yet she is a fighter. Battling her own demons one day at a time, or ghosts as the case may be. Sometimes she gives in, but she never gives up. I find that I’m constantly rooting for her, even when she falls—which she does a lot—to pick herself up and keep going, and I kind of love her for that.
But it is hard when you see those bad decisions lining up to tackle her all at once, which they do in UNHOLY MAGIC. Romantically there was a very unorthodox love interest introduced in the last book, Terrible, who basically lives up to his name, but who like Chess, you root for (even more so in this book). There are some profoundly powerful scenes when we find out more about both Chess and Terrible’s histories, and when they both have to finally own up to their feelings for each other. I’m still recovering.
Bottom line, Chess Putnam is quickly becoming one of my favorite urban fantasy heroines. Yes, she’s an addict, who gets twitchy, itchy and even physically ill if she goes too long without a fix. But I’m starting to relate when it comes to the Downside Ghosts series. Sure, Stacia was all nice and generous at first, releasing the first three books a month apart (the third Downside Ghosts book, City of Ghosts, will be released on July 27, 2010). But what happens in August when I’m jonesing for book four? If what happened to Chess in UNHOLY MAGIC is any indication, it’s not going to be pretty, but right now I’m too high off this book to care.
Sexual Content: References to sex. Several scenes of sensuality. Several sex scenes. An orgy is briefly described. References to child molestation. References to rape.
Click HERE to read an excerpt from UNHOLY MAGIC
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (July 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345515587
- ISBN-13: 978-0345515582
- Cover Art: Juliana Kolesova
*Disclosure: I received this book courtesy of Random House