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City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Stacia Kane
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The third book in this gritty, sexy urban fantasy trilogy.

If you liked the compelling characters in 50 Shades of Grey, you’ll love the Downside Ghosts series.

Rogue spirits and psychopomps are terrorising people, and now someone is planning to open the gates to the City of Ghosts and unleash the dead on humanity.

Faced with her greatest challenge yet, Chess has to travel to the spirit city to finally lay all her ghosts to rest…

Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’s bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city’s most notorious crime boss – and Chess’s drug dealer – gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn’t bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he’s not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.

Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths and a lot of seriously nasty magic – all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man she can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead.

Editorial Reviews


“Gripping… Vivid characters, superior world-building and a wonderful sense of pace… I was enthralled.”“The world-building is unexpected and complex, the characters are alive, and the protagonist Chess is a treasure.”“The characters are complex and indelible, the plot is fascinating, and I can hardly wait for another book…"(all) Charlaine Harris

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 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. Her debut urban fantasy novel, Personal Demons, started off her previous 'Megan Chase' series and was chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of the best paranormal releases of 2008. She lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their two little girls.

Product Details

  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345515595
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (August 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X271OK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blows the earlier books out of the water... August 24, 2010
By Amanda
Format:Mass Market Paperback
** I strongly advise reading Unholy Ghosts and Unholy Magic before reading CITY OF GHOSTS as characters names from the earlier books come up from time to time, the characters relationships are complicated and gaining an understanding to the background of 'The Church' is needed to fully understand the rules here and the way things work **

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In 1997 every ghost in the world raised up and killed two thirds of the population in just one week. World leaders were powerless, prayers went unanswered, resulting in every government and religion collapsing. Eventually a group were able to imprison most of the ghosts in a huge underground city - they called their organization The Church Of Real Truth.

The Church Of Real Truth is today the world's only power; there is no other government, no other faith, just The Church. They are in the process of hunting the ghosts that remain uncaptured and compensating the unlucky people being haunted. To find the ghosts the Church educates and trains witches [known as debunkers] to find and capture the ghosts, and find the fraudsters faking a haunting to try and defraud money out of the Church.

Cesaria 'Chess' Putnam is one of these debunkers. In fact her recent work on previous cases has put her in high esteem of her superiors. But what they don't know is that she has been leading a double life of sorts. She has a drug addiction and her drug dealer [Bump] views her as one of his lackeys that shall do his bidding for him whenever he so chooses.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Reluctant Reader... December 11, 2010
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This series and I have a love/hate relationship. Really, I've never felt so confused by a book series.

I loathe the fact that Chess is drug the extreme that she pops pills right in the middle of heated action with the bad guys. I wish she was repentant or maybe trying to beat her addiction. Nothing of the sort is even hinted at in the first three books to this Downside series. This makes it extremely difficult to root for Chess. She lies to cover her drug habit. She makes poor choices both in her work life and even more so in her personal life. Sometimes her foggy brain seems to help her in her efforts but just as often it seems to hinder her decision making. I loathe
the slang used by the tough guys in the series. After three books, I am starting to learn the language because I don't have to re-read lines anymore to figure out what the characters are saying.

Now, I've made it three book and I know there are more to come. I highly doubt I will be able to keep my hands off of them. Ms. Kane can really write a book. The action is there, the world building is completely phenomenal. The pages fly by when I sit down to read one of these books. Sometimes I get a little confused, because Chess's way of thinking is altered. The readers are literally reading every thought in Chess's head and those thoughts, especially in mid-action, are all over the place.

"City of Ghosts" is probably the best of the three books thus far. The stakes are extremely high and there are a lot of players involved in the big game here. Chess is good at what she does and it was very evident here. She is also eager to help the few friends she has and she wants to keep them safe.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chess Struggles for Checkmate in City of Ghosts September 14, 2010
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Chess continues to move up in the world...sort of, anyway. She's offered a lucrative opportunity to help the Black Squad investigate a grisly case for the Church of Real Truth and the advance for taking the job is more money than Chess could smoke, snort, or pop in years. Problem is, she has to submit to a binding oath to take it. That means she can't mention anything about the case to anyone not directly connected to the chain of command under penalty of extreme magical pain.

That doesn't please her drug supplier and crime lord Bump at all when he wants answers to why a couple of Churchwitches are stomping around in his territory, and why some of his people have ended up in bloody pieces. He forces Chess to take Terrible with her on investigations without her new Black Squad partner, and after the events between them in Unholy Magic, neither one of them are too comfortable with that.

Chess' investigation points to the return of an insidious threat to the Church and stumbles upon intensely strong and evil-feeling magic the likes of which she's never seen or heard of before. Despite the rift between her and Terrible, and the ache of the loss of his friendship, Chess still has to do her job, and she still has to have help from Lex to do so. When people start dying, when the tenets of her job start being undermined in the worst possible way, Chess has no choice but to use every possible tool at her disposal to stop a power hungry organization from destroying the world as she knows it. No matter how much it costs her in the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars As this series goes on, it becomes more romance novel
than anything approaching urban fantasy. I won't be reading any more of these books because of that. Such a shame.
Published 15 days ago by Readhead13
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Incredible!!
My Initial Reaction...
Wow! That was incredible! Despite having one of the most frustrating heroines, this series is quickly becoming a favorite. And the heroine? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun
5.0 out of 5 stars I am mentally still stuck in Chess's world, this book was a turning...
So, so satisfying. It was more intense--more painful, beautiful, complicated, and ultimately wonderful--than the previous two books, and I was completely engrossed in each of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Adrienne
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK. Book two was stronger.
Not as good as the second book int the series, but still enjoyable. The mystery was a little predictable. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JennMelt
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must Read Series
Recommended for: Those who like urban fantasy, gritty worlds, anti-heroes, non-traditional romance

I wrestled with myself when it came to writing this review. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tofus Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly unique Urban Fantasy experience
I’m pleased to say, that after three installments, I FINALLY understand what all the fuss over this series is about! Read more
Published 8 months ago by RabidReads
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, Adored it
There's almost something freaky about me falling in love with series on their third book this year. Happened with the magic series, now here. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paperbackstash
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodreads review
Another great book in the series. I don't understand why I keep reading and keep liking this series... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Irene
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet
If you loved the previous two books (Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts) and Unholy Magic (Downside)), you will love this one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Kane' s talent is just that, incredible. I absolutely love her stories. So original, so engrossing, so completely out there, but the way she writes makes it all seem so possible. Read more
Published 11 months ago by L. Nelson
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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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Book Oder
I'm not sure about the novellas, but Chess was poisoned in book 2, Unholy Magic in the beginning when she went to bust Madam Lupita. She had to rush to the van or whatever to shoot herself up with the antidote. I hope that helps lol.
Oct 6, 2012 by Minty.Green |  See all 3 posts
Please someone tell me what city this takes place in....
There is a big hint in unholy magic,the name of the graveyard.It is a city on the east coast and it is not New york!
Mar 13, 2012 by eleanor dinkle |  See all 2 posts
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