Downside Ghosts Collection: Unholy Ghosts, Unholy Magic, City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane
Stacia Kane contributed the foreword. Formatting and cover art were also donated to the project by Lori Devoti and Laura Morrigan. Stacia Kane Author of Urban Fantasy. Ebook: Amazon Kindle Randomhouse. Or find it at any of these places: Ebook: Scribd Smashwords. Follow Stacia on Twitter. Friend Stacia on Facebook.
The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Hell, yeah.
At the top of this world is the Church, which saved the world 24 years ago when all of dead arose as ghosts and killed millions of people. The Church was able to banish most of the ghosts to the City of Eternity, a huge underground cavern where the dead are imprisoned forever. Unfortunately, some ghosts still remain on earth, haunting various locations that are generally related to their previous mortal lives. Ghosts in this world lose their humanity after death, existing as vicious spirits seeking to kill as many humans as possible.
If they remain on mortal earth, they can manifest into beings solid enough to brandish lethal weapons—not to mention their very sharp fangs.
City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts Series #3)
The only protection people have against the ghosts is the Church and its witches, who are the only ones with the ability to banish ghosts to the City of Eternity. Now, most citizens believe in no god and have no faith; they believe only the "Truth" of the Church. At the end of the first book, Chess has two love interests: Terrible, Bump's thuggish enforcer, and Lex, her drug dealer and the son of Slobag, a rival drug dealer. She has feelings for both of them but believes that each wants her only for sex.
Chess's romantic situation changes as the series progresses as she eventually begins to finds true love with Terrible, although her romantic path is, of course, filled with anguished self-deprecation and stormy misunderstandings every step of the way. Caesura "Chess" Putnam has all of those traits of a UF heroine—sarcastic, brave, good-hearted, etc—but, they are overpowered by her horrific drug addiction, which began during her childhood when various foster parents fed her drugs to keep her passive and easy to control.
Twists and turns galore.
Chess and Terrible go through the ringer in this one. My heart ached for Chess, and for Terrible. There are some emotional scences in this book for sure.
I try not to hand out too many 5 star ratings, but I think this book deserves it. I can't wait for another!!! Oh god, the angst! It was almost physically painful to read some of this. I suppose it says a lot about me how much I can relate to Chess and how so much of what Kane writes hits home. Chess and Terrible are my new favorite couple since ever. They're both so profoundly damaged, but god, their story is so painful and beautiful. Re-read in These books twist my heart up so much!
I get so sucked into the amazing world Kane creates and I've never loved characters quite so much. I just want a full book of basking in the afterglow of the final two pages of this book, but I know there is more pain up next, so I might just stop the re-reading here There is usually a lag in the 2nd or 3rd book in a series but this one kept on trucking. I love the magic in this book, it's way more hard core than the others and while I did predict the villain, I didn't at the same time so I do not, however, understand how the church works for punishments and all that, codes of conduct.
Chess always seems very uptight and proper while at church but then with the ending I mean you would think that she would have had repercussions or something I will forever be a Stacia Kane fan because she can write sex like no one's business. Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason. Due to the high volume of feedback, we are unable to respond to individual comments.
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