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Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts, Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Stacia Kane
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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“Gripping… Vivid characters, superior world-building and a wonderful sense of pace… I was enthralled.”

“The world-building is unexpected and complex, the characters are alive, and the protagonist Chess is a treasure.”

“The characters are complex and indelible, the plot is fascinating, and I can hardly wait for another book…"

(all) Charlaine Harris

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Enter a world of danger, ghosts and magic in the fourth book of the fantastic Downside Ghosts series.

Ghosts; ghouls; things that go bump in the night. Chess has seen them all in her role as a witch and ghost hunter.

Right now life is going surprisingly well for Chess Putnam. Her bank balance is healthy, she’s pretty sure she can call Terrible her “boyfriend”, and the last few months have been devoid of anyone trying to kill her.

So when Chess is ordered by an infamous crime boss – who also happens to be her drug dealer – to use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she is unsurprised; she knew the recent calm wouldn’t last. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Chess’ ex lover Lex, son of a rival crime lord, is trying to re-ignite the sparks between them.

Plus there’s the little matter of Chess’ 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 dead—and if Chess doesn’t 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 she’s not going to emerge from its depths without making the ultimate sacrifice.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (10 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I1ADL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,020 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stacia Kane has been a phone psychic, a customer service representative, a bartender, and a movie theatre usher. 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 Die Hard is one of the greatest movies ever made. She believes in dragons and the divine right of kings, and is a fervent Ricardian. After almost four years living in England, she's currently outside Atlanta with her husband and their two little girls planning a return as soon as possible.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Return to downside 15 May 2012
By Caitkin
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading the downside trilogy I assumed that was that. Chess and Terrible were sorted. As sorted as a drug addicted church witch and drug baron's enforcer could be. I felt the story was done and there was some form of HEA for our hero/heroin. Then I hear more downside books on the way. Part of me is way hay! Fab! Love this world. The other part is thinking that means more relationship uncertainty, more drug abuse for Chess and struggling to make her two worlds co exist. After reading Sacrificial Magic I do recommend. There are a lot of similarities with the previous books in terms of plot structure. There is still the desire to shake Chess hard and hope she might sort herself out. But the language, story telling and characters are still great. if you liked the previous books you will enjoy this. I wasn't sure there were a lot of progression in terms of overall arc though it looks like Chess might have made a friend. Still looking forward to the next installment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars slowly sliding down the favorites list 5 Jun. 2013
By Hannie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
So lets get down to downside
I'm going to start with the positives:

1. Chess and Terrible are hot there's no change there, their relationship is moving forward in tiny baby steps,chess is still a dark gritty heroine and i love that Chess is changing and letting Terrible in.

2.The gangster pill popping life surrounding Chesse's church witch (debunker)life is still as vivid and grimy as before, strangely enough I can't help but smile when Bump talks he's one mean and oddly funny drug lord.

3. Lex is still as evident in her life as always and i hope it stays that way, i may have a soft spot for the Son of Slobag
4. i really liked Lex's sister, she added a more feminine character to the story which was unexpectedly nice

Lets roll on to the things i didn't like:

1. I didn't like the schizo moments Chess had throughout the book, i know she had a traumatic up bringing she has trust issues but it didn't stop me cringing at her emotional outbursts, it was like watching a 14yr girl having a tantrum it was a real turn off.

2. Her job has begun to bore me, every case she works relates back to Bump and Slobag. Different ghost same plot, i found my self wanting to skip large chunks of her droning on about the job, when i already new it would be rapped up in a nice little "everything was connected" bow she's done it in her previous books, please change the story line already.

Saying this though, ive already bought the fifth in the series so i will read it. I just really hope the debunking is as thrilling and interesting as it was in the first book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ for any urban fantasy fan! 20 Nov. 2012
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 stuff 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).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 16 April 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For those of you that enjoyed the sweet, emotional torture that was City of Ghosts, this is yet another roller coaster ride for the heart. Whether it's pounding in fear, or breaking in sympathy, this book was satisfying on pretty much every level.

Like with many other series, the Downside Ghosts, or Chess Putnam series if you prefer, has only improved with each book as we've learned more and tried to understand these incredibly complex characters. Because of the raw, damaged nature of our main character, Chess, you can never quite predict her reaction to situations. Whether her insecurities and paranoia stem from her drug use, or whether that's just a symptom of the bigger issues is up for your debate, and this series is definitely one that provides much food for thought.

If it's even possible, and frankly, before this book I wouldn't have said it was, I think I fell even more in love with Terrible this time around. He might think he's not good with words, or "with the explains" as he would say, but trust me when I say that what he comes out with is just fine by me! There were many squee-worthy scenes to be savoured. Terrible fans will not be disappointed in this instalment!

The ghostly plot was my favourite so far, I think. It was on a slightly smaller scale- contained mostly within the walls of a school over on Slobag's side of town- but it was very well executed and displayed Chess's strengths and gave her something to concentrate on rather than tying herself in knots about everything else that's going on.

For anyone that hasn't picked up this amazing series yet, or perhaps you've seen it floating around on peoples' shelves but have been put off by the fact that the MC is an addict, I have to implore you to reconsider.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Brilliant stacia kane has done it again character s are defined and the world she has created it truly masterful written
Published 4 months ago by RobGosbee
5.0 out of 5 stars great series of books
Really enjoyed reading these books, the characters are well written and the storylines are good. I will buying more in the series as I am enjoying them. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sacrificial Magic
What a good read, just love the Downside Books. It has action, love and mystery. Could not put it down x
Published 18 months ago by Z. Foulds
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Chess so much I actually find it painful to read!
** spoiler alert **

I absolutely love the downside ghosts series!
Chess and Terrible are a wonderful couple that I ache to see together always. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Next step
This is the 5th book following the flawed & complex Chessie. There are some very difficult & interesting choices to be made in this book. Read more
Published 20 months ago by spraggpie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great great
Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series is one of my all time favourite reads.I really like the character Chess and love the world she has created,especially the rockabilly feel but... Read more
Published on 5 Jan. 2013 by Austen fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series
Couldn't put it down finished in one sitting. Love the concept and imagery. Chess is a sympathetic and believable character as is Terrible . Read more
Published on 9 Dec. 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pill-poppin & tattoo twitchin
Pill-popping, tattoo-twitching, ghost-busting witch, Chess Putnam is back in Stacia Kane's fourth Downside Ghosts novel. Read more
Published on 13 Nov. 2012 by spellingblogger
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series 4th book start at the begining!!!
Had the first two books of this series sitting on my to be read pile for ages - then could have kicked myself when I started reading them - (but then I do love finding an author... Read more
Published on 23 Jun. 2012 by Caroline
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait :)
I liked this book but I didn't think it was quite as good as the previous three, but then we are getting to the fourth book in the series! Read more
Published on 15 May 2012 by Lily
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