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Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane

Sacrificial Magic (edition 2012)

by Stacia Kane

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Title:Sacrificial Magic
Authors:Stacia Kane
Info:Del Rey Books (2012), Mass Market Paperback, 408 pages
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Nothing prepares you for Stacia Kane's writing. One of the best urban fantasy series, Downside Ghosts grabs you from the first sentence, and does not let go until the very end. Even then relief is questionable.

It's heart-wrenching, so very gritty and full of characters who literally jump from the page. Chess herself and her lover Terrible, they are both very difficult, prickly and morally questionable main characters.

Terrible is a thug who maims, beats up and kills people for his mafia boss. However he's got history, he's got heart and he truly feels deeply for Chess.

Chess is a Church witch and ghosts debunker, but she is also a very damaged soul and a full time junkie. She literally can not function without this or that pill for every occassion. This addiction, and her horrible past both hangs over her like Damocle's sword and doesn't let her live and feel in full.

Stacia Kane made a huge gamble with Chess's character, and I think it truly paid off. We all feel for this girl, we really want her to sort her sh*t out, we want her to keep living. Chess's head is a very dark, messed up place and she seems to be always on the edge between life and giving up living, and all we want for her is to be happy.

Plotwise the series is impeccable, but what spices everything up is Chess-Terrible-Lex dynamics.

Chess and Terrible is all about gut-wrenching, raw emotions, awkward conversations, sobs, blinding pain and just as blinding happiness... Lex has a completely different feel to him as Chess's ex-lover and son of a Chinese drug lord on the opposite crime turf. Lex is cunning, warm and flirty. If Terrible is a lion, Lex is a fox (Macchiavelli's references aside).

The book picks up a very fast pace from the beginning and does not slow down at all. Like all Stacia's books it's very creepy, full of gore and horrors, hauntings, magic and horrible acts of violence that only us people are capable of.

If you are a fan of horror, urban fantasy and ghosts this series is a MUST READ. I pretty much guarantee that you'd love it from the very first book. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
This one made me nervous for Chess. The book ending the way it did and Chess being in the middle of that situation...things are not going to end well. I have to say, so far, this has been my least favorite book. While I did get to see a side of Chess I hadn't before I think that some of the plot line was just predictable and too easy solved quickly. Like someone could have done "this" and it would have been over as opposed to the run around the book did.

I love Chess and I love Terrible and I can't wait to see what the next book has in store for them. ( )
  mojo09226 | Nov 12, 2015 |
This one seemed to start a bit slow for me, but I'm really glad I stuck with it. Finally, Chess seems to be facing her anxieties and coming to terms with them, and in the process we get some valuable insight into what made her the screwed-up junkie we met in the first book.

Chess still has a long way to go in dealing with her problems, but it's good to see her making progress. I'm eager to see the next book.

[Note: I received this through a Goodreads giveaway, but it was already on my want list.] ( )
  RevBobMIB | Oct 21, 2015 |

I think I'm just dancing around the campfire because Chess finally sorted something out. Sort of. Kind of. Maybe. Maybe not. She's got such deep-rooted feelings of inadequacy, though, that she's just not sure how to handle something real.

Wait. Hold the phone. Back up. I don't even LIKE romances, and here I am grabbing for the next book because I'm desperate to know the outcome of relationship drama? Yes, yes I am. Here I stand, loud and proud, wanting to know how the heck Chess's relationship drama has sorted itself out.

And the truth is, it really hasn't. Which is fair. Chess has issues. She's got subscriptions. No, no, she has junk mail. Stuff's just pouring in through the mail slot. And yes, there were times that my heart just broke for her, because she's just so terribly earnest about not wanting to mess things up, and she messes things up simply because of that.

Pair up one majorly damaged heroine that we all root for, because if Chess can manage to sort herself out, any of us can, really, with some majorly messed up ghosts and a brewing turf war, and we've got one of the best books from Stacia Kane yet. ( )
  lyrrael | Oct 18, 2015 |
No sabìa que era posible , pero estoy enamorada de Terrible . Tan enamorada que en realidad por su culpa estoy arruinada para cualquier hombre real .

Terrible !! I'm book-stalking you .

Te voy a estar mirando de cerca :)

Si existieras , para impresionarte te llevarìa al cine ... a ver una pelicula porno . Si eso te asusta y salìs corriendo , entonces al otro dìa me aparezco en tu trabajo y me agarro a las piñas con tus compañeros .

Si eso no es suficiente , no me queda otra que raparme la cabeza al estilo mohicano y salir con un arma a matar a unos cuantos fiolos y salvarle la vida a una prostituta menor de edad .

¿Te parece bien? ¿Es suficiente? ¿Eh? ¿Què decìs?

Ahora en serio ... este es el mejor libro de la serie , lejos . Stacia Kane conoce la calle , conoce las adicciones , sabe de lo que habla , sabe crear una heroine tan imperfecta , tan insegura , que es ideal .

Hubo momentos en este libro que me sentì tan tocada con las discusiones de pareja , que hasta se me piantò un lagrimòn .

Gran escritora . Con conocimiento de causa , la ùnica que sabe de verdad como se construye una relaciòn y lo difìcil que es querer a alguien cuando no te querès ni a vos mismo.

Emocionante fantasìa urbana con elementos muy realistas. ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
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When Chess Putnam is ordered by an infamous crime bosswho also happens to be her drug dealerto use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she knows she must rise to the challenge. Adding to the intensity: Chesss boyfriend, Terrible, doesnt trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the sparks between him and Chess. Plus theres the little matter of Chesss real job as a ghost hunter for the Church of Real Truth, investigating reports of a haunting at a school in the heart of Downside. Someone seems to be taking a crash course in summoning the deadand if Chess doesnt watch her back, she may soon be joining their ranks. As Chess is drawn into a shadowy world of twisted secrets and dark violence, it soon becomes clear that shes not going to emerge from its depths without making the ultimate sacrifice.… (more)

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