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Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts, Book 4) by [Kane, Stacia]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 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

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: 887 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (10 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I1ADL6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,962 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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This is the 5th book following the flawed & complex Chessie. There are some very difficult & interesting choices to be made in this book. I'm glad Stacia Kane didn't just take the easy route. Although it would have been nice for Chessie to be free of her pain, it's not realistic is it? As human beings, our pain & history make us who we are. We can't just get rid of it, as tempting as it is. I like the fact Chessie & Terrible mess up, it makes their characters more likeable. It's also great to find out a bit more about Lex.
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Couldn't put it down finished in one sitting. Love the concept and imagery. Chess is a sympathetic and believable character as is Terrible . Not your usual run of the mill urban fantasy. Reminds me very much of Lillith Saintcrows Jill Kismet series of books which are, in my opinion, the best.
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