Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (July 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345515587
- ISBN-13: 978-0345515582
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.
Since the City of Ghosts release day was two days ago, I sneaked into my cousin’s pc to re-write my Unholy Magic review since I lost it with my laptop…
Unholy Magic is the second book on the Downside Series. Miss Kane books just keep getting better and better. Chess’ life has been a rollercoaster since she was a kid—going through many horrible foster parents and now a junkie. And despite everything that is happening around her she keeps composure by her side and tries to help everyone, all the time whilst battling her own demons—her past—and her desire of being a better person.
Most than everything else, what boggles me the most is how “real” the characters feel. They are so rounded that it is easy to relate to each one of them in one way or another—it fascinates me! We do get to know more of Chess’ past and Terrible’s as well; we even learn more about Lex. Ms. Kane has an ability to create male characters and romantic situations without being mushy. We have Chess that makes mistakes over and over again, and owns up to her actions—then it is easy to understand her addiction and accept it because it helps her deal with her emotional baggage.
The story is easy to follow and even easier to read (all it took me was one sitting—an allnighter—and it was so VERY worth it.) Everything that happens flows nicely and at a pace that keeps the reader perked up and wanting to know what is going to happen next.
Once again Chess’ secret is threatened by Bump—Chess’ dealer—who wants her to find out what is it that is killing hookers at Downside. Chess gets torn up between her relationship and feelings for both Terrible and Lex… Add all of that and the Church business and *BAM* -grandness ensues in the most marvelous way. EPIC I tell you!!! Be ready to yell, shed tears and bite your nails all through the story.
Unholy Magic can read as a standalone, yet I advice to first read Unholy Ghosts because they do mention things that happened on the first book. Trust me, this book is freaking amazing! It is like crack for me—yes, I am a junkie now *grin,* and proud of it. Once again Ms. Kane exceeds the expectation with yummy greatness. LOVED IT! *Starts reading City of Ghosts right now.*
Now go and visit Stacia Kane over HERE!