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Preview — City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane
City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #3)
IT’S A THIN LINE BETWEEN ALIVE AND UNDEAD.
Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’s bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.
Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the inve...more
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Things blew up between Chess and Terrible at the end of the last book --and things are still a mess between them. Chess wants to make things ri ...more
Stacia Kane's third Downside novel returns with the same tight, powerful prose, compelling dilemmas, and blood, sweat, and glass that crust Downside's streets.
Reviewing the last Downside novel, Unholy Magic, I doubted Kane's intentions and abilities approaching a challenge like drug addiction. In City, Kane demonstrates that her protagonist Chess's growth interests her. Wi ...more
If it was even possible, I love Stacia Kane even more than before:
I cried again. I had no idea I was such a wuss. Friends, please don't judge me: I wasn't lying, I really don't like this torrid love affair kind of stuff and if the plot wasn't string enough on its own I wouldn't be reading this series. At least there is finally something definitive on the love front. I don't have to run out and get ...more
So... the ridiculous thing? Ever since I finished Shadowfever in March 2011, I've been searching frantically for an adult series that was about more than just romance and sex, an urban fantasy series that was actually well-written with a good mystery going on. I have now finally found that well-written urban fantasy series + mystery and all I can think about is "when will Terrible show up and - more importantly - will there be sexytimes?!"
Dear Ms. Kane,
I finished reading City of Ghosts and I'm utterly speechless. This is one of my favorite books this year. I'll be honest with you and say that after I read book one I wasn't totally sold on the idea of a heroine with a drug problem, among her other issues.
After following Chess stumble across her life through the past three books all I can say is it takes a truly talented author to bring out so much emotion and the depth of connection that y ...more
This book... it was so amazing.
Terrible, oh Terrible.
Review to come.
This is such a fantastic series. There's enough kick-arse action to keep urban fantasy fans happy, but with the addition of the most heart-wrenching romance between Chess and Terrible, Paranormal Romance ...more
This is why I love reading. Why did I not pick up this series sooner?? Why?!?
I read this in one day. Started in the morning and just could not put it down. Sleep? Who needs sleep? It's overated. Big, huge, monumental developments happen. I love Chess. Love her flawed, self deprecating, intelligent, kind hearted self. She is a powerful witch. The world of Downside is so vivid and fragrant. Ms Kane does an amazing job bringing everything to life.
Then there is Terrible. *swoon* I ...more
Would this endless mind-fuck ever end?
This is the book i've been longing for. If you're a fan of Chess and Terrible, then this is the book you've been hoping for. First off this review is going to suck. My head is still too full of what happened and I feel a little shell shocked. It's so lame to say but, so much happens in this book. It almost blew my mind. Magical moments where Chess got out of some Ghostly situations that you thought were impossible. Heartbreaking moments with Terrible, that ...more
“So…so fuckin bad, want you so fuckin bad…shit so fucking bad…”
*Teenage girl sigh*
I love me some Terrible.
I was very hesitant to read this book since I read somewhere that Terrible wasn't featured as prominently. That was SO WRONG.
Many, many things happen in this book &, in my opinion, one of the sweetest scenes between Chess & Terrible.
“Fuck.” He flicked his smoke out the window, lit another. “Don’t—ain’t even can trust nothing you say, don’t know why I even ...more
I can't believe that I've just discovered the amazing force that is Stacia Kane. Say what you will about this series, but her brilliance behind the pen is almost shocking. Especially in a time like this, where anyone with a laptop and an Amazon account can call themselves an author. (Note: No offence intended, I've been known to love those stories, too!) Sometimes, while reading these books, I have to take a step back and just appreciate the writing ability behind this story. There are so many d ...more
Everything in this story was done so well. There is supposed to be a mystery to figure out but Stacia Kane kept me so engrossed with every moment that ...more
No spoilers and colorful language abound!
Unholy Ghosts Review
Unholy Magic Review
I am only three books into this series and I know without a moments hesitation that there will never be another that can fill the hole it will inevitably leave in my chest. Its' no holds barred absurdly ridiculous characters, the juxtaposition of the depths they can sink to the sudden heights they can sore is un-fucking-paralled. The hardened aloofness of a Downsider allows the reader to judge them harshly as ...more
This book gets STRAIGHT back into the action, and doesn’t let up until the heart-pumping, fingernail-biting climax. As usual there are lots of spooky ghosts and very descriptive gore, but this book had even more twists and turns than the others in the series, and it took me longer than usual to figure out who exactly was the bad guy.
And through it all, Chess is still Chess, and for all of her fucked-up-ness, I absolutely love her! ...more
"Only through penitence and pain is forgiveness possible.
—The Book of Truth, Veraxis, Article 72"
Downside World 301 by Mimi
Well, you know the way by now... I have to admit I wasn't as concerned about the world and fact-collecting here. Just waiting for them to finally get together distracting me from...well almost anything else. But here it goes.
* Psychopomps were very present here and I think I figured out the deal.
"Chess had never known if psychopomps actually came back to life, if t ...more
Whoa. I literally just finished this book and ‘Whoa’ pretty much sums up how I feel about it. I don’t want to recap this book. There are just so many twists and turns that there is no way I can discuss without giving something away. And I don’t want to give anything away! If you read the first two Downside books, you know what to expect, but Stacia Kane really upped the stakes this time. If the first two books were ‘dark urban fantasy’, this one teeters on horror. Som ...more
- Terrible and Chess interactions, especially(view spoiler)[their explosive confrontation in the tunnel (hide spoiler)]
- the battle at the end, which included a couple of surprises
- Chess's repeated self-flogging. It felt redundant.
- The 'Binding' and its big role in the investigation. It felt like a cop illegally searching for evidence that can never be used for conviction. This happened repeatedly. (view spoiler)[Chess discovers a Lamuru's hideout and she doesn't contemplate ...more
This book was awesome. It gave me exactly what I wanted. I love Terrible. Love him. Chess, ugh, let's just say that Stacia Kade is really amazing at writing emotion and translating that emotion with these deeply damaged characters. Again, just the painful dialogue broke my heart. She captured human emotion per ...more
After reviewing the first two books, there's not much left to say about the series. For more details, check my review of the first book.
This is a very good addition to the series where we get to know more about some characters, the city and the inner structure of the church ...more
Each book in this series keeps getting better, it's hard to believe it since they are soo good, but they really do. Througho ...more
The storyline was just incredible. I won't give any details because it's hard to do so without some massive spoilers and I don't want to ruin it ...more
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She currently writes the gritty dystopian urban fantasy "Downside" series starring Chess Putnam and featuring ghosts, human sacrifice, drugs, witchcraft, punk rock, and a badass '69 Chevelle. She bleaches her hair and wears a lot of black.