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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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Book Description

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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“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

About the Author

Stacia Kane was born in Illinois, raised in St. Louis MO, and lived in South Florida for a dozen years before moving to the UK with her British husband and two daughters. She is the author of the paranormal romance Personal Demons, and The Downside Ghosts is her first urban fantasy series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1186 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034552750X
  • 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: #177,052 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 Worth the wait :) 15 May 2012
By Lily
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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! Kane's writing style and the plot are just as engrossing as usual, you can always count on the author to deliver a good, dark bit of gore to keep us up all night. Seriously, I was creeped out after reading this before bed, not a good idea for a wuss like me!
The whole book was a bit weird, I felt like I read it too quickly and missed bits but then when you think about it, the sheer amount of drugs Chess consumes kind of accounts for the strangeness. The leading lady is definitely a bit weaker this time around and completely paranoid that Terrible will leave her etc etc, it's because of this that her addiction is worse in this book. But we do learn more snippets about her childhood and her fears are reasonable enough considering.
I can't think of much else to write, the book is a good read and if you enjoyed the previous ones be sure to buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return to downside 15 May 2012
By Caitkin
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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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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 with a back catalogue) did not have long to wait for the 4th one - Sacrificial Magic the story flows from the last book - trials and tribulations we learn more about some of the other characters lives and who they are and slowly realise how doped up Chess is most of the time (even though we knew - if that makes sense) by others/their responses to situations at one point you were not sure she would make it! - very easy reading with the story unfolding and page turning to get to the end strong characters and world five stars from me. I hate it when they start the next books story when you know its not out for a long time !!! I have found kindle do that a lot. An author I will continue following.
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By Sarah
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** spoiler alert **

I absolutely love the downside ghosts series!
Chess and Terrible are a wonderful couple that I ache to see together always.

The thing that I love about Chess is that she is completely broken and messed up in many ways but she has a heart of gold really. She cares so deeply about doing the right thing and takes everything upon her shoulders. But she's not perfect. She's flawed, she has history, insecurities, and pain. She struggles to trust and to let Terrible in.
I relate to her, despite the drug addiction. She overthinks everything and she's just trying her best to get by whilst helping those in trouble.
Chess is a beautifully written character. I sympathise with her, want the best for her, understand her perspective, her heart. The drug addiction is a dirty unpleasant thing but in these books we see exactly what it means for Chess and why she needs it without it being in the least bit glamourised.
We see her grow through these books and this one is no exception. The choice she makes near the end is pivotal and represents Chess' acceptance that she is making something of herself. Something we as readers could see much earlier on.

The world building in downside ghosts is superb. It isn't ghosts tacked on to the world we already know. There is a history, background, new organisations and heirarchy. It transcends everything else too which you notice in this book with the school being a setting. The church and what happened to bring about church rule has affected all of life for the residents.

Essentially these books are urban fantasy/mystery and I love that combination. Especially when you throw in a smattering of romance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars slowly sliding down the favorites list 5 Jun. 2013
By Hannie
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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 brilliant
Brilliant stacia kane has done it again character s are defined and the world she has created it truly masterful written
Published 8 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 21 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 22 months ago by Z. Foulds
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 on 27 May 2013 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 A MUST READ for any urban fantasy fan!
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. Read more
Published on 20 Nov. 2012 by kara-karina (Nocturnal Book Reviews)
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
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