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Chasing Magic (Chess Putnam series: Downside Ghosts, Book 5) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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''Stacia Kane has penned the ultimate bible of badassery. This is a black diamond of an urban fantasy, fierce and darkly satisfying as running on a storm-lashed shore.'' --Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author, praise for the series
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For those here who do not know the series (and please remedy that as soon as humanly possible), the Downside Ghosts books are set in a kind of futuristic, slightly dystopian/post-apocalyptic world. At one point (called Haunted Week, which happened in 1997) ghosts suddenly filled the earth and attacked humans, until The Church, the now highest institution, stepped up and saved humanity with their magic, thereby gaining the place on top of the food-chain.
Chess Putnam is a woman with a horrible past and many issues, who takes drugs to be able to function, and would probably kill herself if it wasn't for the fact that she knows what the afterlife looks like and is terrified of this place, also called the City. She works for the Church as a debunker but unlike most other employees she is not balanced or healthy or in any way happy about her life. With one exception, that is.
From this point on I will spoil you. I will talk about her past relationships and so on, so maybe just stop reading now and just know that if you don't buy the first one (Goodreads, Amazon, Bookdepository) you are missing out on brilliance!
Sacrificial Magic was a dealchanger, and Chess is in the middle of Lex, her former lover, and Terrible, her everything, fighting about Downside. The whole plot was very satisfying, because Chess became more self-aware and made her choices.
1. The Littlest Things.Read more ›
One thing that is different in this book is that Chess is not working on a Church case, except for in the very beginning of this book. She is becoming more comfortable in her relationship with Terrible, but she's still grasping for her drugs. Unfortunately, Lex keeps dropping by Chess' apartment, even when Terrible is there. Lex wants to chat with Terrible about a proposition. When Terrible declines, Lex becomes my most hated person in Downside. I've defended Lex for four books. I've said that although he's not a good guy, that he really does care about Chess. However, we see how ruthless Lex is in Chasing Magic when he attempts to coerce Terrible into working for him. Even though Lex sees this as a business decision and nothing personal against Chess, it still angered me and made me change my opinion of him.
Chess makes some progress in her relationship with herself and with Terrible. While trying to convince Lex to call off his orders, Chess finds herself in a very precarious situation. She begins having self-doubting and self-hating thoughts, and even thinks that she is not worthy of Terible's love, or worth anything as a person. There is a lot of darkness in Chess, and Terrible seems able to counteract that darkness and worthlessness that she feels.Read more ›
Basic Premise: New drugs were appearing on the Downside drug scene, but these new drugs were spiked with something that causes the user to act like a zombie. They don't feel pain and they are either trying to kill someone or themselves. Chess and Terrible begin investigating in hopes of finding out the supplier.
If you remember from Sacrificial Magic, Lex is taking over his late father's territory and he makes no bones about his desire to do whatever it takes to expand. This plan puts Lex and Terrible on a collision course, which makes Chess uneasy.
Chessie Bomb and Terrible are still going strong after going over the relationship speed bump in the previous book. So Lex is a complication that Chess and Terrible are trying to avoid. Chess is being pulled in so many directions, that she is popping more pills to cope and Terrible is worried that she may get some of the tainted batch. Chess is balancing different issues that are causing her to stress. Some of the issues are: her relation with Terrible with her friendship with Lex; Her career with the Church with Bump's demands; Her desire to let Terrible all the way in, with her fear that he will leave once he knows the "true" Chess. She also has to deal with Elder Griffin's promotion and possible reassignment. All those things are keeping her anxious so Chess keeps taking pills to muddle through.
This book had continuous action and great dialogue. The emotional angst really hit a high note with Terrible and Chess as the weight of being in a real relationship finally caught up to them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Good: Definitely better than the last book. The constant mentioning of Chess's drug use finally has a point beyond reminding us that she's an addict. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jennifer Sicurella
Kane's Downside Ghosts is a strong series of books, but the negativity of Chess is starting to wear. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ecostarr
Each book in this series has been a a crazy ride getting further insight into the life of Chess Putnam. She is one of my all time favorite characters. She has faults. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
I like Stacia Kane's writing style, her amazing imagination, her ability to create such real characters in such a crazy sad world, to describe so knowingly the impossibly abusive... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mb4pax
Oh my god. What can I say about this book? It had me on the edge of my seat.I loved every minute of it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by xfryx
Sometimes when you complete a book you're at a loss for words because it was so brilliantly written. It took me a little time to gather my thoughts for a proper review. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mel Thomas
My Initial Reaction...
Stacia Kane sure knows how to put you through an emotional ringer! By the time I was done with Chasing Magic I'm pretty sure I'd experienced every... Read more