- File Size: 2290 KB
- Print Length: 125 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: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,450 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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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.
I'd love to see Chess clean herself up. I know its a far away place from where she is now in the series but I believe she can do it. Even if it takes a long time that is fine by me. I'd be more than willing to read every book Stacia Kane needs to write to get her there.
If you're a fan of the series, or wanting an introduction to the `Downside', I highly recommend Finding Magic. This series is not for the faint of heart however. It revolves around people scratching out an existence in a very dark `Downside'. Their ways of coping with a depressing arena of life, where they are under constant threat by murderous ghosts and other human predators, may not sit well with many readers. For those who can suspend the real world, this series will jerk you into its dark hole of human and ghost interaction completely.
More than anything, Finding Magic made me long for the chance to see Chess from someone else's point of view - to see what Elder Griffin sees, what her colleagues see, what the frauds who she meets during her working hours as a Debunker see. What Terrible sees, maybe, though I feel like I have a sense of that; I want a look at Chess through a stranger's eyes.
I loved having a taste of the Downside series, and I'll take a hit of Chess in any form I can get it, but I'm just not a novella person. I don't like the short format and while Finding Magic told a complete story, it felt very familiar to me - Chess' complex self-loathing issues, the strange way that the Church functions as a kind of abusive parent for her, her faith in the institution constantly reinforcing her own dim view of herself; the mix of insight and simple hard work that distinguishes her as a gifted investigator; her poor social skills; the way her abrasive exterior hides a too-soft interior.
That's about that, I guess. If you like Downside, you'll like Finding Magic.