*This title will be released on June 26, 2012*
by Stacia Kane
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Excerpt: Yes
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Netgalley
Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.
Scenes of sensuality. Sex scenes.
A DEADLY HIGH
Magic-wielding Churchwitch and secret addict Chess Putnam knows better than anyone just how high a price people are willing to pay for a chemical rush. But when someone with money to burn and a penchant for black magic starts tampering with Downside’s drug supply, Chess realizes that the unlucky customers are paying with their souls—and taking the innocent with them, as the magic-infused speed compels them to kill in the most gruesome ways possible.
As if the streets weren’t scary enough, the looming war between the two men in her life explodes, taking even more casualties and putting Chess squarely in the middle. Downside could become a literal ghost town if Chess doesn’t find a way to stop both the war and the dark wave of death-magic, and the only way to do that is to use both her addiction and her power to enter the spell and chase the magic all the way back to its malevolent source. Too bad that doing so will probably kill Chess—if the war doesn’t first destroy the man who’s become her reason for living.
There is something so seductively addictive about the Downside Ghosts series. Stacia Kane writes urban fantasy that bites back, weaves dark magic around your soul, and draws you so deeply into her world that it’s impossible to get out–not that you’d ever want to.
CHASING MAGIC is an emotionally draining and yet somehow exhilarating book. Chess is this fragile butterfly trapped in a drug addicted, self loathing body. She’s so real I almost can’t stand to read about her at times. I can feel her contempt for herself, her paralyzing fear that she is nothing but a stain on the lives of those she cares about, her fluttering hope that dies every time she recognizes it. She’s one of the most tragic characters I’ve ever read and she’s also one of my absolute favorites because despite all her crippling emotional issues, she is a fighter. Time and again, no matter the cost, she does what needs to be done without hesitation.
I’m genuinely afraid for Chess’s future. Her drug dependency has grown over the past five books and even though Terrible loves her with a ferocity that borders on scary (in a good way), I don’t know if it will be enough. I don’t know if there even is a way to save Chess from herself…I hope desperately that there is. The whole outlook for Downside is in jeopardy. Lex is determined to wrest control away from Bump, which would literally be over Terrible’s dead body. Dark and deadly magic continues to stalk the streets and Chess looks to be on her last life by my count.
Anything, and I mean anything could happen next. That’s part of the chilling beauty of this series. I can’t recommend these books highly enough. If you love urban fantasy with an edge, Stacia Kane delivers every time. The sixth book in the Downside Ghosts series will be out early in 2013. It’s already one of my most coveted reads for next year.