Unholy Magic
Stacia Kane
book reviews:
· general fiction
· chick lit/romance
· sci-fi/fantasy
· graphic novels
· nonfiction
· audio books

Click here for the curledup.com RSS Feed

· author interviews
· children's books @
· DVD reviews @

win books
buy online


for authors
& publishers

for reviewers

click here to learn more

Buy *Unholy Magic (Downside Ghosts, Book 2)* by Stacia Kane

Unholy Magic (Downside Ghosts, Book 2)
Stacia Kane
Del Rey
368 pages
July 2010
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

buy this book now or browse millions of other great products at amazon.com

previous reviewnext review

Unholy Magic in Stacia Kane's Chess Putnam/Downside Ghosts series by author Stacia Kane is a markedly innovative urban fantasy that takes readers for a walk on the wild side from cover to cover. Nonstop action and drama will keep readers glued to the book but desperate for more as the final chapter screeches to a halt.

Chess Putnam’s shocking triumph over the Church’s greatest foe in Unholy Ghosts set her path as the most sought-after ghost debunker in this followup. In a world recovering from a cataclysmic massacre and now ruled by one church as both government and religion, unrest and dysfunction run rampant in ignored areas of society — areas of society that perhaps shouldn’t be ignored by a wise ruling government. Chess’s position within the Church has afforded her many leniencies all the way from the dregs of society to the highest levels of her governing institution, but she can only toe the line with ghosts, the Church, and drug lords for so long before her death makes front-page news.

Despite her need to recover after her last case, Chess is once again up to her magical tattoos in ghosts and danger as she helps to ferret out a psychic con and profiteers of illegal séances. Chess is also assigned an A-list celebrity’s case whose claims of haunting could be very expensive for the Church if proven true. Of course, Chess’s drug lord would choose this time to demand her help in finding the murderous ghost killing not only his “girls” but the rivaling drug lord’s corner treats as well.

Chess’s elevated status and fame are not undeserved: she is the best debunker the Church has on staff. However, identifying that two of her cases are definitely false without the proof will get her nowhere fast. Chess is up against some very clever deceivers, and she has to beat them at their game before her time runs out. Alone and virtually friendless, her fight may be lost before it has chance to begin.

In addition to the Chess Putnam series (Unholy Ghosts, Unholy Magic and City of Ghosts), Stacia Kane has also authored the Megan Chase series. Exciting though the Chess Putnam and the Downside Ghosts series is, its constant drug-related content and behaviors will be a turn-off for some readers.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2011

Also by Stacia Kane:

buy *Unholy Magic (Downside Ghosts, Book 2)* online
click here for more info
Click here to learn more about this month's sponsor!

fiction · sf/f · comic books · nonfiction · audio
newsletter · free book contest · buy books online
review index · links · · authors & publishers

site by ELBO Computing Resources, Inc.