The first time I read this book, I immediately wanted to tell people how amzing it was. The problem was that I didn't think it would have universal appeal due to a lead character who some may find unlikeable and who is a drug addict. Then there is the whole premise of the world being set in a setting where religion is turned on it's head --- while I found the Church of Truth to be interesting and the world that Kane has created to be both highly imaginative and original--- I know some folks might be uncomfortable with it.
The second and third time I read and/or listened to the story, I loved it more and more. I'm no longer timid about who I recommend this book/series to --- I think it will win everyone over in the end. This is definitely a Credit Worthy series. It might take some people a little bit of time to get used to the language (both Church speak and the Downside Slang) and a bit of time for some to fall in love with Chess (who is by all accounts a flawed character), but she'll win you over in the end.
THE NARRATION IS AMAZING!!!! Bahni Turpin - whose narration you might recognize from The Help - is TOP NOTCH. She really breathes life into the story by giving every character his/her unique voice. You can tell she's a trained actor because she isn't merely reading well-crafted words, she playing every part --- and skillfully.
If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy, you won't be sorry you picked up this refreshingly original series. And if you've already read this series, you will enjoy HEARING it performed.
must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,
i really liked this one because it wasn't typical. i got this one because of the other reviews i saw, and the reviews really are dead on. you are sucked into the story, it is darker than some books but not over the top, but definately chilling at times. there is so much mystery to this world "run by the church" i can't wait to get the rest of this series. the characters are complicated, no one is just good or just bad in this one. great action too. i loved it. i am 100% sure this is a better audio book than a book to read! with all the slang/street talk the narrator does a great job.
she does a great job with the different characters and the slang, really brings it to life
This is one of my favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy series of all time. Read all of them! Lots of dark deeds and inner turmoil. This author reminds me of Lilith Saintcrow.
My current favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors are: Robin McKinley, Patricia Briggs, Ann Aguirre, Ilona Andrews, Stacia Kane, Lilith Saintcrow, Jacqueline Carey, Jocelyn Drake, Lisa Shearin, and Linnea Sinclair.
It's always a pleasure to find a story that breaks a little new ground in its genre. Stacia Kane does so with Unholy Ghosts. Main character Chess is often annoying, addicted to drugs, and walks a fine line between competency and incompetency in her profession of Debunker. She is also a character with an appealing amount of determination to do what must be done. I hope Kane continues to build on Chess' character, and address her level of drug addiction in upcoming stories. Supporting characters were just beginning to jell by the end of Ghosts. Lex is a mystery. Terrible was wonderful and the most real after Chess . . . The structure and people of the Church need to be fleshed out. Lastly a word about the narrator: Wonderful!
Say something about yourself!
No. It is sad for the main character (Chess) to be hooked on drugs and watch her stumble her way to sloving crimes and making sure she gets her fix.
Each time she is able to get the meaning to a clue, she says, if I had not been high...
The elders of Real Truth church can see so much yet not that there is a druggie in their mist. Yet they see that she has real talent.
Disappointed. It was disappointing to have a female character as so weak and needy. She was only able to complete an assignment with the help of her drug suppliers. She could not find her way out of a paper bag unless she stumbled on the opening.
No. I only finished the book because I would listen to it as I was falling asleep. That way I was able to avoid her getting high and stupid mistakes and whinning.
How much does it say when a person needs a pill to make her purpose bareable.
This book was a disappointment. The story dragged and never really hooked me. I downloaded the book after i read many positive reviews, but i don't know what the fuss was about. The narrator really bugged me when she tried slang for different characters. I made myself get through the book, but i'm not going to continue the series.
I enjoy reading -romance, mystery & paranormals. Some of my favorite audios are: Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Cat & Bones & JD Robb.
Characters I can support.
Very well done.
This is an interesting and original world, but I really don't care to be a part of her drug filled lifestyle. I don't find the story romantic or mysterious at all.
I can't seem to get past the slang used in the setting of the book
Yes, I like her, just not this series.
Yes, she is a great narrator. I just don't like the slang and the drug world the main character lives in.
Not in this series. I suppose Stacia could write something else that could be of interest.
No, I like urban fantasy, I just did not care at all about this "protagonist" - if you could call her that.
In all fairness, it was the material, not necessarily Bahni.. I will look up her name and see if there is anything else she narrates..
Others must like this, I just did not. I am a huge fan of many female writers with strong female protagonists: Kim Harrison, Ilona (ok this is actually a couple, not strictly female) Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Faith Hunter, Jennifer Estep, Nicole Peeler, Caitlin Kittredge, Seanan McGuire, Chloe Neill, Kat Richardson, Vicki Petterson, Carrie Vaughn, Darynda Jones, Jeanne Stein, Jeaniene Frost, J.R. Ward, Karen Chance, Keri Arthur, C. E. Murphy, Kelly Armstrong, P.N. Elrod, Thea Harrison, Tanya Huff, Karen Marie Moning, and even Laurell K Hamilton before she went nuts. Nothing about this character made me care what she did, or what happened to her when she did it.
Most-The main characters unconventionally
Least-Gets fairly boring in places.
I found this one pretty tuff to get through. Its defiantly different and dark and has good scenes but is let down for me by its tendency to drag in spots.