Tuesday 27 March 2012

EARLY REVIEW: Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts, #4) by Stacia Kane

Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane

Publication Date:March 27th 2012
Publisher:Del Rey
Paperback, 416 pages

When Chess Putnam 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 knows she must rise to the challenge. Adding to the intensity: Chess’s boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the sparks between him and Chess.

Plus there’s the little matter of Chess’s 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.

What can I say about Stacia Kane, that hasn't already been said or that will do justice to her work! This author is plainly brilliant and with Sacrificial Magic she just proves that once more! Sacrificial Magic was among my most anticipated titles for this year, and now that I read it, I can positively say that I wasn't disappointed in the least.

And how I could ever be disappointed with something Kane writes? Her dark world is a place I would dread to live in while at the same time it fascinates me beyond words. Chess, is the kind of character I can't relate to, that I blame for many of the bad things that happen to her and at the same time my heart breaks for every bad thing that breaks her heart. I don't remember the last time that I invested so much in a fictional character. I mean, Kane has created her characters in such a way that you live through them, that you care about them, even if you don't agree with their decisions or their life choices.

Sacrificial Magic sucks you right into Kane's world and even when you reach its last page, you just don't want it to end. Chess, once again finds herself in the middle of a weird case that connects directly to the two drug lords of Downside.
We get to see how her relationship with Terrible evolves after the things that happened in the end of City of Ghosts, and let me say that I loved every single minute of it! I loved how they struggled through things, how Chess's insecurities played a huge role in how things progressed between them. There were times that I felt so sad about Chess, I can't even describe it and times where I just wished that everything would magically get better, just so she could be content.

Terrible...., well Terrible is amazing once more! Really, I can say over and over again how in love with him I am, but I'm afraid I would tire you. Let's just say that he's so incredible and so worthy of all the female readers' love!
The character that really surprised me in Sacrificial Magic though is Lex's sister. I don't know why I was so surprised with it, but from the moment she made her appearance I really loved her. I won't elaborate the reasons I liked her so much (it will be a bit spoilerish) but she really intrigued me.

All in all, Stacia Kane, delivers once more a book full of angst, passion and darkness that promises to satisfy every fan of this series. Trust me!


  1. What can I say, this series is already on my wishlist. First I'll have to catch up with the new books I ordered last month, before I am allowing myself to buy books again.

    1. Aurian you should definitely try this series!!!It's so dark and addictive and well, among my favorite UF series ever :)

  2. Lex's sister was a real surprise for me. I'm really happy she's there. It adds a nice dynamic which could be a good thing or a bad thing :-)

    1. Yeah, she was a surprise for me too and I really liked her addition to the story. She has so much potential as a character.


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