Unholy Magic by Stacia KaneUnholy Magic by Stacia Kane

Unholy Magic

byStacia Kane

Mass Market Paperback | July 6, 2010

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ENEMIES DON’T NEED TO BE ALIVE TO BE DEADLY.
 
For Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. As an agent of the Church of Real Truth, Chess must expose those looking to profit from the world’s unpleasant little poltergeist problem—humans filing false claims of hauntings—all while staving off any undead who really are looking for a kill. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.

Someone’s taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure the rumors that it’s the work of a ghost are way off base. But proving herself right means walking in the path of a maniac, not to mention standing between the two men in her life just as they—along with their ruthless employers—are moving closer to a catastrophic showdown. Someone is dealing in murder, sex, and the supernatural, and once again Chess finds herself right in the crossfire.
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....
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Title:Unholy MagicFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.93 × 4.17 × 1 inPublished:July 6, 2010Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345515587

ISBN - 13:9780345515582

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent A great series in the genre. Something a little different that the standard. I love the heroine, who has her own struggles and makes mistakes like any human. I would recommend this series to readers of the urban fantasy genre and readers in general.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Raw and Gritty Urban Fantasy The ‘Downside Ghosts’ series. I’ve never read anything like these books. So raw and gritty. So intense. Yes, I’ve read books that have raw and graphic moments, but this book kept my heart rate high from the moment you pull open the cover. You almost feel like hiding your eyes while reading them…almost. The characters are dark. The setting is dark. The story is dark. Even the humorous elements are dark. But all this makes for a remarkable tale about human nature. “Unholy Magic” is the second book in Stacia Kane’s newest series. Once again, it has received much praise and let me tell you, it’s all well deserved. The world she has created is very powerful. I want to talk about the imagery in this series. As I’ve said before, I am not a “wordy book” girl. Authors tend to lose me if they go on too long about a room’s decor or about the feelings a certain situation bring out. I’m a “just get to the point so we can get to the action” kind of reader. ‘Over-wordiness’ is not the case in this series. I have never encountered imagery as I have found in Stacia’s series before. It is, simply put, stunning. The words she uses to describe Chess’ emotions or Bump’s outfit or Terrible’s dwelling are perfection. Stacia paints such a picture that you can’t help but lose yourself in the story. Yes, the picture is grim, but it’s striking just the same. Chess is a captivating character. To me, her vulnerability is still her most fascinating trait. When trapped in a client’s house during a snow storm, she begins to go through drug withdrawal. My mouth hung open the entire time I read about her suffering. I have never personally experienced withdrawal. Hell, I haven’t even ever tried drugs, so I have nothing to compare what Chess is going through. But for the duration of that scene, I was thinking that yes, that is what it would be like and I felt it. I’m telling you, Stacia Kane can write! The other character that is hard to forget is Terrible. He’s described as being ugly and sporting mutton chops – not your usual hero. Even though he has a reputation as a hard ass and he’s a confessed killer (all part of his job as Bump’s enforcer), he has an incredible soul. His scenes with Chess are really what make you care for him. Terrible’s honest words to Chess made my heart ache, and break. He trusts her with his secret, his life and his heart. It’s just too bad Chess has trouble confronting her inner demons long enough to fully trust him. I hope Terrible is more patient than he seems because he and Chess ‘together’ would be a wonderful pairing to watch. (And just a little aside. From the way Terrible is described in the books, I don’t think of him as ugly. I picture Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Am I right?!) This series is as captivating as my blogland friends say it is. They also told me that the second book is even better than the first – and they were right in that respect too. “Unholy Magic” is breathtaking. Enthralling the whole way through. I just received the third book in the series, “City of Ghosts”, in the mail and I am very much looking forward to starting it and spending more time in Downside’s dangerous and ruthless surroundings. It’s next on my list. 4.5 stars
Date published: 2010-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Addicted! I just have to say wow. Wow! I LOVED this book. I thought the first one was a really good start, but obviously, it's like a drug (kind of appropriate considering...) and after that first taste you get hooked, because I really, really enjoyed this book. Well, whatever the case, Chess Putnam and the Downside series is my new reading drug of choice. I finished this book, Unholy Magic, the second of the series, and promptly went into withdrawl because I was on vacation and unable to pick up the next book immediately. I plan on getting my next fix as soon as possible. Chess is back and it seems she's sinking even further into her drug-supported existence. After first being poisoned by a psychic con man, she is given the task of debunking a famous actor's claims of haunting. Chess is a debunker - her job is to expose those who seek to profit off spiritual activities. She's also a junkie and the most unlikely hero you could find. Actually, her life is more like a train-wreck. Her childhood was spent bouncing from one abusive foster home to the next. Now an adult, she's a drug addict dependent on her pills and speed just to make it through the day. In the first book, her drug addiction caused her to get in over her head to her dealer, Bump, and in this one, we see that Bump still has a hold on her when she is 'asked' to investigate the gruesome murders of several hookers belonging him. As Chess settles herself deeper into the haunting and murders, she finds a remote connection that could spell disaster for her and all those involved. Kane has written one of the most dark and disturbing Urban Fantasy's I have read in a long time. Enticing and addicting from page one, you are once again submerged into Chess’s life. The world building is fascinating, the dialogue, once you get used to it, realistic (to the world Kane builds), and the characters are so alive, they practically jump off the page at you. Chess is a hard main character to like at first, but she is quickly becoming one of my favorite urban fantasy heroines. Yes, she’s an addict, who gets twitchy, itchy and even physically ill if she goes too long without a fix. But she is a very true character, flaws and all. The emotional wringer she puts herself through is painful yet compelling. Even though Chess is sinking further into the mire and muck of her own sordid world, she has begun to question the whys of what she is doing and does not like the answers. Her increasing attraction to Terrible, and the mistakes she makes because of it, is almost painful to read. Chess is scared. Scared to feel. Scared to hope. She is her own worst enemy. I have to say that Random House, the publisher, is like a drug pusher - giving us a taste of this great new series with three books in rapid succession. But what am I going to do when the last page of the next book, City of Ghosts, has been read? I'm sure I'll be jonesing for my next fix....it may not be pretty. 2010-143
Date published: 2010-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best New UF Series of 2010 Unholy Magic is book two in the Downside Ghosts series & without a doubt my favorite new series of 2010. I have never in my life felt the need to email an author & wax poetic about how much I enjoyed their book until I read Unholy Magic! I am a huge fan of Unholy Ghosts but I feel with Unholy Magicyou get to know Chess better, you already know what she’s about in the most basic of senses. We know Chess is a debunker as well as a drug addict, but we don’t really know why she is either. In Unholy Magicyou get a little idea as to why Chess is the way she is, why she is addicted to drugs & her life before she became a debunker. It’s not pretty, but it makes Chess, Chess. It was just more in depth in my opinion, you already know some of the back story from the previous book but now you’re learning what makes everyone tick. You understand the downspeak & are comfortable with the world that Kane has written. The story is fabulous, Chess is working at a Celebrities house because he claims to have seen ghosts & his wife was attacked by one of them. On top of that, there are hookers being murdered in a gruesome fashion & no one has any idea why. We also get more into Chess relationship with Terrible & Lex, trust me I wanted to strangle Chess at one point. There is also a HUGE epic moment towards the end of the book that had be going “WTF, OMG”, so book three in the series is going to be all sorts of drama I am sure. I will even admit that I cried. Uh-huh. I tried real hard to read Unholy Magic slowly, because the wait for City of Ghosts may be too much for me. I think I’m already going into withdrawals. Stacia Kane does not disappoint & crafts one of the most original new series of 2010.
Date published: 2010-06-22