Saturday, June 23, 2012

Early Review: Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane

Chasing Magic
Author: Stacia Kane
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Del Rey
Downside Ghosts Book #5
ISBN:   0345527526
ISBN13: 9780345527523
Genre: Dystopian/Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Netgalley


Magic-wielding Churchwitch and secret addict Chess Putnam knows better than anyone just how high a price people are willing to pay for a chemical rush. But when someone with money to burn and a penchant for black magic starts tampering with Downside’s drug supply, Chess realizes that the unlucky customers are paying with their souls—and taking the innocent with them, as the magic-infused speed compels them to kill in the most gruesome ways possible.

As if the streets weren’t scary enough, the looming war between the two men in her life explodes, taking even more casualties and putting Chess squarely in the middle. Downside could become a literal ghost town if Chess doesn’t find a way to stop both the war and the dark wave of death-magic, and the only way to do that is to use both her addiction and her power to enter the spell and chase the magic all the way back to its malevolent source. Too bad that doing so will probably kill Chess—if the war doesn’t first destroy the man who’s become her reason for living.

These books just get better and better.

Oddly enough Chess isn't working a church case in book 5. The relationship between Chess and Terrible is still going, They obviously love each other. There are still issues with Chess thinking about how she isn't good enough or he wont trust her enough but she is getting a bit better with that and she is making a bit of progress with her personal issues. Terrible and Chess make great strides towards healing all the things that have happened to their relationship in the time they have been together. Chess' drug use is still heavy, at one point she gets herself into a scary situation and she was suitably scared by it. I'm not sure if that will make her cut back or not, I'm kinda hoping it does. I would love to see Chess drug free. Chess does a lot of thinking throughout the book on her "relationship" with Lex and if she truly wants to continue to have him in her life as a friend. He does some pretty crappy things in the book in my opinion but when he was needed he was there for her. I'm hoping she sticks with her final decisions though. 

I don't want to give away and spoilers so I will end this with saying that CHASING MAGIC was a great addition to the series.  I have not been disappointed with any of the books to date and I'm always excited to grab the next book in the series. 

I gave it 5/5 stars 


  1. Wow 5/5! When I read the first book in the series, I thought that a drug addict heroine just wasn't my thing. I got another book in the series at a used book store and got more into the series. Still haven't picked up book 4 yet, though.

  2. I LOVE this series. Hands down my favorite of all time...and .....I want a Terrible of my very own!

  3. Stacia Kane has done really well for herself with this year's release. Both SACRIFICIAL MAGIC and now CHASING MAGIC have made it to my favorites of 2012 list. What's so interesting about this series is that it continues to follow a drug addicted Churchwitch named Chess Putnam and her thug boyfriend, Terrible. As this is the fifth book in the series, I had a lot of expectations. Some of these where met while others weren't.

    In CHASING MAGIC, Chess doesn't have a Church case to work on. Instead, the conflict arises when several dealers in Downside are showing up dead both in Bump's and Lex's territory. It is up to Terrible and Chess, working side by side to figure out why these people are ending up dead on the streets of Downside. I really enjoyed this storyline because it put Terrible and Chess together, giving me that Terrible fix I so desperately needed.

    As they traverse around Downside asking friends if they've seen anything suspicious and discovering more bodies, Chess is faced with learning the do's and don'ts of being in a relationship. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed in Chess in one particular scene. In several of the past books, I have come to expect reading about the mistakes that Chess makes. Usually by the end of the book, I get over it. I understand her insecurities and her belief that she doesn't deserve to have this happiness that has found her. However, I feel like Chess hasn't learned from her past mistakes. It is one thing to screw up because you are unsure of yourself. But it's different when, five books into a series, you are making the same mistake twice. I had hoped that the bond forged between Terrible and Chess in the previous books was stronger than temptation. In the end, it was. But that was too close a call for me.


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