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Product Details

  • Series: Downside Ghosts
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345527526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345527523
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Kane delivers dark, sexy urban fantasy at its finest.'' --Karen Marie Moning, #1 New York Times bestselling author, praise for the series

''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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Stacia Kane has been a phone psychic, a customer service representative, a bartender, and a movie theater usher, and she thinks that writing is more fun than all of them combined. She wears a lot of black, still makes great cocktails, likes to play music loud in the car, and thinks that Die Hard is one of the greatest movies ever made. She believes in dragons and the divine right of kings, and is a fervent Ricardian. Stacia Kane lives in England with her husband and their two little girls.

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Stacia Kane has been a phone psychic, a customer service representative, a bartender, and a movie theatre usher. Writing is more fun than all of them combined. She wears a lot of black, still makes great cocktails, likes to play music loud in the car, and thinks Die Hard is one of the greatest movies ever made. She believes in dragons and the divine right of kings, and is a fervent Ricardian. She lives outside Atlanta with her husband their two little girls.

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I will eagerly read any more books in this series.
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The ghosts are just secondary though-- the real story is about the characters and the world they live in.
D. Sage
The relationship between Chess and Terrible is still going, They obviously love each other.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ezinwanyi on June 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was a little nervous to read this book because Sacrificial Magic was so good. I didn't know if Ms. Kane could continue keeping the series fresh and captivating. Boy, was I wrong? Stacia Kane has done it again.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patricia | bookexhibitionism.de on July 3, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have started this review four times now and never managed to do it any justice. Humor me, it simply blew my mind. I have always been fascinated by Stacia Kane's writing-style and the world she created. Her characters are some of the most complex I have come across in my reading career, so to say that I was excited (while wary) is one big understatement.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RabidReads on November 22, 2013
Format: Audible Audio Edition
I rarely write my reviews immediately after finishing a book but at the end of my unintentional, 13 hour Chasing Magic read-a-thon, all I wanted was more Stacia Kane! Unfortunately for me, I’m now caught-up on this series and stuck playing the waiting game right alongside all of the other poor Downside fans. So, I opted to do the next best thing: talk about it! This latest installment was pure perfection; from its intense story line, to its emotionally charged revelations and heart-wrenching turning points. Chess and Terrible are at their best when Downside’s at its worse and, you don’t get more horrid than what Chasing Magic dishes out which is only one of the many reasons why this audiobook was just so darned good!

The story stars off on an oddly happy note which should have been my first warning that this installment was going to be a doozy. Elder Griffin is getting married and has invited Chess to his wedding with her plus one. For the first time in this series the two most important people in Putnam’s life are about to meet and the result is rather… unexpected. What begins as fear of disapproval quickly morphs into lies, sacrifice and guilt; I hated seeing Chess’ relationship with her mentor get tested but, on the flip side, it also helped to put things in perspective which in turn made her and Terrible’s relationship stronger so it’s hard to be upset about that. I’ll be curious to see what the future holds for Elder Griffin after this book’s events.

Chess and Terrible are incredible in Chasing Magic; they are finally on the same page and working hard at making a future together. Putnam’s loyalties are tested as I knew they would be and, in spite of one small moment of weakness, she passes with flying colours.
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