Early Review: Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane

June 24, 2012 Review 8

*This title will be released on June 26, 2012*

Chasing Magic (Downside Ghosts, #5)

Chasing Magic

(Downside Ghosts, #5)
by Stacia Kane

Genre: Urban Fantasy | Excerpt: Yes
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Netgalley

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (June 26, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0345527526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345527523


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Scenes of sensuality. Sex scenes.



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.

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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.

8 Responses to “Early Review: Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane”

  1. Christine Rains

    This series is one of my favorites too. It’s dark, gritty, and intense. I never intended to love Chess and Terrible as much as I do, but somehow, Stacia Kane has managed to write such intriguingly tragic characters that I can’t get enough of.

    • Abigail

      That’s exactly how I feel too. I never expected to love this series, but it is one of my all time favorite UF series. And it keeps getting better!

  2. helen

    I can’t agree more. I recommend this book to everyone I know. I LOVE it!

    • Abigail

      Aren’t you dying for the next one? I still need to try her first series. I know it’s lighter, but I’m hoping for another great character. Have you read them?

  3. helen

    I have read the other books she has written, none are even half as good as this series. Now that I’ve read these characters and story lines it is almost as if they were her training wheels. They were worth reading just not nearly as amazing as the Downside series.

  4. Tamlyn

    I actually enjoyed the Megan Chase books immensely – I read them before Downside. In some ways I probably enjoyed them more, and I suspect it was because they finish – I like things that have ends, whereas Downside is still going. I found that I viewed the first two books as urban fantasy with strong romance, and the third book as para romance with strong urban fantasy. Some of the secondary characters were a little flimsy in character (it’s been a while since I read them, but I seem to recall Tera not really getting any development until the third book, for instance). But yes. I liked them.

    • Abigail

      That’s good to hear. I plan on reading them as soon as I can just to see how different the two series are.