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Chasing Magic

by Stacia Kane

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  Amanda105 | Sep 5, 2016 |
This series has become an addiction for me. Chess is a completely broken heroine who almost gets on ones nerves at times with her severe, disabling insecurity, yet you can't help but love her, from her sarcastic inner monologue, her drug-addicted head, to her fully obsessed heart in her relationships. She is starting that slight character change that is inevitable in a series - a character must change someway, for better or worse, or it becomes stale.

She has no end in sight mentally about drug addiction, though, and instead the drugs are taking their toll more and more, especially in one good scare scene. Terrible is more concerned than before, and there are changes in this book about their relationship (big ones) which will be fascinating to read about in the following story.

The plot for Chasing Magic almost reminded me of zombies! The folks of Downside are mindless half the time on drugs anyway, but in this case it's notched up big-time when magic makes a play. Chess again is recruited by Bump to make things all well again, and Terrible still struggles with the after effects of the psychopomp and illegal steps Chess had to take which saved his life.

Personally this one is quite sad as Elder Griffin withdraws with Chess after she reveals the truth, and this affects the character pretty badly. I'm curious if they will make up in the future or if he will always stay distant and withdrawn. I'm even more curious if anyone in the church will ever notice her drug addiction! Also, will Chess ever see something bad about the church she so respects, opening her eyes to the possibilities of what some of the poor people in the area are saying is the truth instead?

The romance aspect of this series has become very intense, especially for an urban fantasy. There's still some hot steamy sex but it's mainly interrupted and kept short when it occurs. I was especially touched by the sweet ending with the roof! Violence is here as usual but again more as an after-effect while Chess explores crime scenes and tries to prevent them. The mystery isn't a deep one, but the suspense (especially at the ending) is strong. The villain is another worthy one for the books; they are always totally dark and demented.

Lex takes a turn in the hearts of some readers in this one. He's still the same as ever but in his new position has to take steps against a beloved character, Terrible, which may turn some against him, Chess included. I feel less and less from her in regard to Lex on a romantic basis and hope that triangle is firmly buried now that it's been played. I do dig their friendship, though, and am curious how that will eventually play itself out as the two drug lords are battling due to their territories.


It's completely yummy how Kane is able to dish out a book that's both action-filled with a rich, detailed plot while keeping it heart-clenching on a relationship level as well.The third book is still my favorite of the series, but this new release is a close runner-up. Highly recommended :) Now just having to wait for the next one's release! The fourth and fifth followed each other quickly enough, so hoping the same for the sixth.
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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Chessiebomb is ready to blow. Her insecurities, her past, her job, her secrets and her addictions all endanger her future. This girl has so much baggage it's a wonder she gets up and goes through life's functions each day.Oh but she does, she has her little reality killers she takes in increasingly larger amounts. She now has a new fear one greater than she has ever known, the threat of her heart being lost. This above all the other dark shadows following her drives her deeper into darkness. She dives deep, she dwells in the what if's and almost loses gives it all up. But there is an anchor in the dark waters she lurks in, Terrible. That is if Lex does not cut that line.

Terrible, the giant enforcer for drug kingpin Bump. The man all of Downside fears is all hearts and warmth over Chess, he loves her, completely. Poor Terrible, he has worked, bleed and fought endlessly to gain the power he has and it's all endanger because of a choice Chess made. He has a weakness and he will be killed if Downside learns of it. Beyond that fear, he has much more going on to be afraid of. Chess is holding something back, and she's getting more self destructive. Something darker than ever seem before has settled into their territory and Lex seems to always be around. Phew, Terrible goes through nasty, nasty stuff and he shines through it all.

I loved this book. I went through a whole tissue box and probably gained a few pounds from the ice cream I ate in the middle of the night. I couldn't put it down. It was horrible and beautiful and tore every emotion out of me, roughly.

Favorite line " Not Sharin no more....." You'll know when you read it. ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
The Good: Definitely better than the last book. The constant mentioning of Chess's drug use finally has a point beyond reminding us that she's an addict. Maybe, possibly, please let it be, the issue of Chess's drug addiction and the way it effects her life will actually be dealt with. At least we've reached a point where it's escalated enough that something has to give. The stakes seemed well above normal in Chasing Magic. Every part of Chess's life could come crashing down with a tiny misstep. The only thing remotely solid is Terrible and even he can only take so much. Lots of tension leasing up to some amazing action.

The Bad: Deep down, Chess hates herself. This has become more and more obvious over the course of the series. Either it stems from her addiction or is the root cause of it. Since we haven't gotten more than bits and pieces of her life before the series started (all of which sounds horrendous and gives credence to the root cause theory), we basically left guessing. Either way, her self-hate leads her to be self-destructive and and near-constant bemoaning of how she's worthless. Not worthy of the Church's trust or Terrible's love. Not worthy of anything except an addict's death. It's a downer, obviously. She's impossible to like at this point. While a seemingly accurate look at the inner monologue of an addict, it's a hard and often unpleasant read. ( )
  TequilaReader | Jan 4, 2016 |
Half a point less stronger than the previous book, Chasing Magic still managed to rock my socks. I just feel completely at loss for words. How Stacia continues writing such excellent UF series book after book?

Chess feels even darker and closer to the edge of oblivion and death in this book, her addiction is getting to its last stage I think, and like an elephant in the room becomes impossible to ignore by both men, Lex and Terrible.

I really really want her to start sorting herself out because you feel in your heart and dread the direction she is heading. Plus she gives her all to her fight against black magic and general evil, and drugs inhibit her a hell of a lot.

Her relationship with Terrible is even more poignant and heart-breaking in this book. Largely because Lex put a price on Terrible's head in a coming war between criminal lords. They try to hurry and really tell each other how they feel.

“Shit. You so fuckin pretty, Chessie. True thing. So … ain’t even can breathe sometimes.”


Terrible, awww... He is so sweet with her, it reduces me to tears, his awkward honesty. They are both gorgeous characters, their chemistry is off the charts. There is this trembling intensity that goes through the whole book and it's definitely live or die book. Really, really dark, full of black magic killing people in a horrible way, full of shame from Chess for disappointing her mentor, full of her fear for Terrible's life and her determination to do anything to save him.

Fabulous series, again highly recommended!
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  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
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All of the documents were in place: the Affidavit of Spectural Fraud, the Statement of Truth, two Orders of Imprisonment and two orders of Rellinquishment, and, of course, the list of Church approved attorneys.
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Magic-wielding Churchwitch and secret addict Chess Putnam knows better than anyone just how high a price people are willing to pay for a chemical rush. But when someone with money to burn and a penchant for black magic starts tampering with Downside’s drug supply, Chess realizes that the unlucky customers are paying with their souls—and taking the innocent with them, as the magic-infused speed compels them to kill in the most gruesome ways possible.


As if the streets weren’t scary enough, the looming war between the two men in her life explodes, taking even more casualties and putting Chess squarely in the middle. Downside could become a literal ghost town if Chess doesn’t find a way to stop both the war and the dark wave of death-magic, and the only way to do that is to use both her addiction and her power to enter the spell and chase the magic all the way back to its malevolent source. Too bad that doing so will probably kill Chess—if the war doesn’t first destroy the man who’s become her reason for living.
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Magic-wielding Churchwitch and secret addict Chess Putnam knows better than anyone just how high a price people are willing to pay for a chemical rush. But when someone with money to burn and a penchant for black magic starts tampering with Downside's drug supply, Chess realizes that the unlucky customers are paying with their souls--and taking the innocent with them, as the magic-infused speed compels them to kill in the most gruesome ways possible. As if the streets weren't scary enough, the looming war between the two men in her life explodes, taking even more casualties and putting Chess squarely in the middle. Downside could become a literal ghost town if Chess doesn't find a way to stop both the war and the dark wave of death-magic, and the only way to do that is to use both her addiction and her power to enter the spell and chase the magic all the way back to its malevolent source. Too bad that doing so will probably kill Chess--if the war doesn't first destroy the man who's become her reason for living.… (more)

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