- File Size: 2290 KB
- Print Length: 120 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (June 4, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 4, 2012
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0082XLZ3I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Finding Magic (Novella) (Downside Ghosts) Kindle Edition
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Basically, the story follows Chess on her first real training mission. She's been studying with the Church for two years, but this her first foray out into the field. She must work with members of the Black Squad to solve a string of seemingly unrelated ghost-murders. The plot is interesting enough, but where I was affected was in how Chess was portrayed. She's so... earnest.
I've never had an overabundance of patience with Chess or her self-destructive behavior. But here, she is somehow both naive and jaded. She carries both hope and despair. And we see these defining moments in her life. The groundwork for the ill-fated tryst with Agnew Doyle we hear about in Unholy Ghosts. The first tendrils of a relationship with Elder Griffen. The feelings of communion with Downside. That first Cept. Her first glimpse of Terrible. It's a lot to take in. It makes me hurt for her. It makes me more sympathetic to where she ends up. And for that Stacia Kane is brilliant.
All that being said, I don't think this is a story for new readers. It's for fans who already think they know Chess, to show us just how much we didn't know. It's an important part of the Downside world, but it doesn't have the single most compelling element of the novels, and that's Terrible. He is the heart of the series for me, and his absence was felt.
One day, maybe, he'll get a novella of his own. A girl can hope, right?
So Finding Magic is a decent short, one that fans of the series will appreciate, but also one that would serve as a fairly decent introduction to Kane's series.
What I found most compelling about this novella wasn't the (very interesting) story of the ghost murders. It was watching Chess start with a sip or two of vodka to make it through the bad parts of her day...it was seeing how the drugs hooked her at the start...it was seeing her relationship begin with Elder Griffin. Most of all it was being privy to all of her inner turmoil. She is so afraid of being dropped by the Church and of being unworthy and disguarded. This is what remains of the abused, neglected girl she was before the Church took her in. It is absolutely heartbreaking.Read more ›
This storyline gives us a wonderful look into where she came from. Stacia does an excellent job describing Chess' inner fears and a great look at her abusive history. The author perfectly describes her as the hard-edged, soft-hearted female she is. The plot starts in the last year of her education and a week-long training period on the Black Squad.
After accepting the training request from Elder Hancock, she is thrown into the middle of a murder investigation. Chess' trainer, Jillian, and the other members of the Black Squad want to blow this off as another random ghost killing and leave Chess in the classroom where she belongs. These are accepted occurrences since Haunted Week 15 years prior when the ghosts made their presence known and put an end to all organized religion.
Chess disagrees with their decision and pushes to do her own investigation into the subjects involved. Jillian allows Chess to investigate the killings, thinking she can placate her and teach her a lesson at the same time. The investigation drags up bad memories of her past that she is forced to deal with the only way she knows how: Vodka.
Chess' hunches prove correct, quite to her dismay, as she and her trainer are captured by the ghost controlling assassin.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This series is my favorite. I absolutely love it. The characters are amazing and real.Published 2 days ago by lisa lawson
Surprisingly good considering all we know about Chess already. Not sure how I missed this one but just discovered it yesterday.Published 5 months ago by Reader Woman
This story takes place before Chess becomes a debunker. She has joined the church and is working her way through the training. I love this series and this is great backstoryPublished 13 months ago by Oracle
Stacia Kane again delivers an intense and tightly formed novella of an urban dystopian world filled with magic wielders and killer ghosts. Ms. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mb4pax
This novella has some interesting back story about Chess's early experience as a Churchwitch. It's not an especially sizzling story, but suited me just fine while I wait for... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Barbara Searles
While I rarely read novellas and never consider them "required" reads, this one has proved that sometimes they are time and money well spent. Read morePublished 18 months ago by meigan
I can't say enough good things about this series. The heroine is functionally dysfunctional, it's amazing she still has a job because she's not the swiftest to find the answers,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by M. Myrback
In my opinion there isn't one! Love these stories, characters, and locations! I will continue to look for more in the series!Published 23 months ago by T. K. Gardinier
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