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Chasing Magic (Downside Ghosts) Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2012
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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
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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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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. As with my opening and closing quote in this review, Stacia Kane does a lovely job of using the sky as a metaphor for Chess and her vulnerabilities. Kane uses the sky to portray Chess' demons, to show how she can face those demons with Terrible by her side, and how by the end, those demons don't appear as insurmountable as they once were.
Another thing I want to comment on is the way that Terrible seems to be replacing Chess' need for another high. He is filling this unending chasm that she carries within her. Chess seems to be coming to terms with her drug use as self-destructive. After an emotional overdose, Chess sees the affect her habit is having on Terrible. Terrible even goes as far as to ask Chess to only buy drugs off of him or Bump, to try to keep her safe. Not once does Terrible ask her to stop, which is a good thing, because I think that Chess is going to have to come to this conclusion all on her own and without prodding.
Terrible truly shows off the most vulnerable parts of himself in this book. Stacia Kane makes it perfectly natural for an enforcer like Terrible to be so in touch with his feelings.
Terrible is still attempting to cope with the problems he's been facing since Chess saved his life and carved the sigils into him. Chess searches for a way to mitigate the effect of those sigils with the help of Elder Griffen. Unfortunately, Elder Griffen discovers what Chess did to save Terrible in City of Ghosts and is extraordinarily unhappy with Chess and her reckless decisions. The response from Elder Griffen wounds Chess deeply.
Let's face it. Chess had put Terrible through some pretty awful events in the past few books. From infidelity, to drug overdoses, to withdrawal, to countless other missteps. But one thing about Terrible - he's loyal to a fault. This tension with Chess and her self-assessment is a driving force for Terrible in this book. After the big mistake Chess makes with Lex, Terrible really and truly stakes his claim on Chess with a hot scene where the word, "mine," is mumbled. Swoon!
Towards the end of the book, there is a very touching scene between Terrible and Chess, when neither of them knew if they were going to make it through the night alive. Stacia Kane is masterful at writing raw emotion. They briefly discuss dying, and it brought tears to my eyes.
his is the moment where things all fall into focus for Chess. This is the point in the book where Chess begins to value herself, to trust, to chase away the loneliness and to love unconditionally.
The remainder of this book is the epic showdown with both Chess' and Terrible's "big bad." There are some close calls, on both accounts, and I was riveted while reading. Stacia Kane has written a book that delves into the chaos that is Chess' dark and damaged soul. Kane leaves us with hope that Chess will eventually come to terms with her past, and that Terrible will be along for the ride. This is one of, if not the best, urban fantasy series out there right now. It would be a shame for you to miss this epic story.
I love Lex. His character adds such an intriguing twist to the plot and he's turned it up to 11 in Chasing Magic.
But for my girl Chess??? I'm all about Terrible!!! They are seriously one of my favorite couples ever. There is no easy peasy road for them to travel and the obstacles and growth in this book is monumental. Terrible has a very dominant moment in the book with scorching results. It leaves no room, in my opinion, to question his feelings on Chess and their relationship.
This was a fantastic addition to the series! Issues are resolved but some new ones arise that make me wonder what else is in store for Chess, Terrible, Lex and Blue...