A deadly high.
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.
Stacia Kane has been a phone psychic, a customer-service representative, a bartender, and a movie-theater usher, and she thinks that writing is more fun than all of them combined. She wears a lot of black, still makes great cocktails, likes to play music loud in the car, and thinks Die Hard is one of the greatest movies ever made. She believes in dragons and the divine right of kings and is a fervent Ricardian. She lives in Devon, England.
©2012 Stacey Fackler (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Gripping…Vivid characters, superior world-building, and a wonderful sense of pace…I was enthralled.” (Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author, praise for the series)
“Kane delivers dark, sexy urban fantasy at its finest.” (Karen Marie Moning, #1 New York Times bestselling author, praise for the series)
“Fans of urban fantasy will find themselves sleep deprived after they start this new series. It’s that hard to put down…This is an exciting world you’ll want to escape into again and again.” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick 4½ stars)
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
Stacia Kane can do no wrong in my book. Man this series just grabs you by the balls and will not let go! This review will be hard to write without spoilers; that’s for sure. (The only reason Chasing Magic didn't get a the full 5 stars is that I felt like Chess back peddled some in her relationship with Terrible and I feel like they are solid and she should be over some of her self destructive ways. So I have high hopes that we will see a new an improve Chess in the next book.)
Terrible equals awesomeness. He is the best male character I’ve read since Karen Marie Moning’s Barrons. He is exactly what Chess needs in her life. He is strong but can also be sweet and kind but Chess is the only one that gets to see that side of him. These two complete each other (yes that is the most freaking cheesy thing to say about these two but it’s the Truth. And Truth is Fact and Fact is Truth. Dig!)
I’ve send it before and I’ll say it again; I have a love/hate relationship with Chess. And in Chasing Magic I wanted to freaking killer her in one part. (Those that have read it know what part I’m talking about) All I could think was that botch better not hurt Terrible again. But Chess pulls her head out of her sorry ass just in time and I loved Terrible’s reaction to the guilt he saw on her face. That scene with them two is in second place with the bathroom scene from an earlier book for hotness.
We get to see Chess and Terrible out of their element when she brings him to Elder Griffin’s wedding. And I could have died at Terrible's answer to Griffin's husband's question as to if Terrible and Chess were going to get married....
I think that Chess has done some growing and realizes that she can no longer sit on the fence about some things in her personal life. I just hope that her small growth stays with her and that we see more personal growth in the future from her. DO NOT BACK PEDDLE.
Ok let’s move away from the personal side before I spoil you guys…
This time around Chess and Terrible are dealing with people in Downside going crazy and dyeing from speed that some new dealers are selling on the street. The speed is special in the fact that it has magic mixed in with it. All kinds of bad and bloody crap goes down because of this new “designer” drug. Chess and Terrible find themselves up against an angry mob of “zombies”.
And in the middle of them trying to figure out who is behind it, they have to deal with Lex. See he has big plans now that he is in charge of the other side of town. He got plans, big plans. Like trying to get Terrible to work for him or kill him if he says no. I am so done with Lex.
Also Terrible is still having problems with the sigil that Chess put on him a few books back that saved his life. In true Chess fashion all her bad choices are coming back to bite her and everyone around in her in the ass.
If you are a Urban Fantasy fan and you have not started this series you need to do so NOW! Great writing, great characters, just LOVE LOVE LOVE this series. I pre-ordered Chasing Magic while I was reading the FREE ARC from Netgalley because I know this is a series I will re-read so many times. Honestly, I own this series in ebook and audio book and I enjoy it in both formats. And once Chasing Magic is out in audio I will be paying it again!
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
I have to admit, I really didn't know how Stacia Kane was going to be able to pull this series off. Usually, once the main characters come together, the stories become bland. I can take them or leave them. EXAMPLE : Katie Daniels, Magic Series, has not had the "ZING" it use to since the main characters have married.
I have been amazed that even though, Chess and Terrible are officially a couple, None of the amazing chemistry they share has been dulled.
Also, with each book there is a real mystery. With all the twists and turns, gore and horrors you would expect from a Stephen King Novel.
If you haven't read any of the Downside books, you are missing out on the Best Adult Urban Fantasy Series out there!
“I ain't...Don't know how to say it up right." Causen I loved it so much, ya dig?
I love reading about flawed characters. And Chess is as flawed as they get, right up. I do however HATE reading about whiny, insecure characters with super low self-esteem. For some reason though, I don’t hate Chess. Empathy has saved her for me. And Terrible. Who am I kidding? I love this series so much Because of Terrible. Yep, I want to have his babies.
In Chasing Magic, we get a more personal story. Someone is tampering with Downside’s drug supply. It’s users are turning into zombies and it’s up to the junkie Churchwitch to stop it. Like I said, it’s personal. Chess and Terrible work together a lot in this book and she finally learns just what the consequences of saving Terrible mean. *sobs*. Lex is trying to kill Terrible, Terrible is vulnerable to black magic, and Chess is a total mess. And it costs her. *sniffle*. My heart was broken wide open and filled again while reading this.
I didn’t think I could love this book more than the last one. Boy, was I wrong! You see, it’s Terrible. Again. He always claims to not be able to say the right thing, but he does. Every time. *sobs*. I hope that this man, this protective, wonderful man, can save Chess. It looks like he might be able to. It’s going to be a loooong wait for the next one.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
This series has ruined me! Ruined me for all other series and book boyfriends. I bawled and bawled but in a good way. I am so mad that there aren't any other books for me to read. I've read all of the novellas and am seriously contemplating just relistening to the whole series all over again.
When I started this series, I liked that Chess is an unconventional heroine - I appreciated that with every action, she was also overcoming a gnawing self-doubt and loathing, that she was darker and more complicated than most heroines I have come across in the genre. I understand that in reality, a person with her background and problems would be haunted with self-doubt and recriminations. In writing, though, the mantra of "I don't deserve this, so I'll ruin it," has gotten a bit old. It seems to be even more prevalent in this volume than in previous ones - again, understandable, but it feels like the character isn't growing. And it sounds whiny. My irritation with Chess is not enough to keep me from listening to the next book, but if she doesn't make a breakthrough, I think I'll give up.
Love this series, hope there are more. Chess is a good person and a Church witch that banishes killer ghosts to their final prison. Her main problem is her drug addiction. Every problem she encounters, she feels she needs drugs to get her through it, when actually it's the close knit group of friends and lovers, that she has acquired along the way. I keep hoping we will have a final book, in which she realizes this. This book is a mystery, with non stop action, and a love story that tugs your heart. The narration is superb, she captures all the characters to a T. You can see them in your mind, and she brings about the emotions they are feeling. Start with the first in the series, cause one links into the next, with the characters becoming close acquaintances.
If you have ever read or listen to a story that has you talking to, laughing at, or shaking your head at the characters, then that story has engulfed you and pulled you into their world. And for me, that’s the best natural high a book reader can achieve. And seriously if you think about it, it’s the only reason to read a book. This is by far one of best series of urban fantasy that I have had the privilege of listening to.
Stacia Kane's delivered a spellbinding and very unique story. Scary at times, dangerous at times, over the top at times, however brought together through life trails, love and hope. The characters are well developed and very interesting.
Although at times, I thought Chess needed to rein in the insecure emotional drama, I can’t wait for the saga to continue.
Bahni Tupin brings each character to life with his/her own distinct personalities. Tupin is one of the best narrators on Audible.
These books ar unbelievely brilliant! Stacia Kane is ingenious and Bahni Turpin brings Chess, Terrible and the story itself to life. I have listened and listened again to all of this series. Like Chess and her pills, I can't get enough of these books!
My Initial Reaction...
Stacia Kane sure knows how to put you through an emotional ringer! By the time I was done with Chasing Magic I'm pretty sure I'd experienced every single emotion possible - happiness, frustration, anger, fear, sadness, disappointment, arousal, surprise, excitement, and for the first time in this series a bit of hope.
I've said it with every single book in this series and Chasing Magic is no different - Bahni Turpin nails it! At this point, I don't know if I could even finish the series if they changed narrators because Bahni Turpin IS Chess, she IS Terrible, she IS Lex and every other character I've come to know and love (or hate). She's definitely an A++ narrator!
Oh Chess! Why must you be so colossally damaged? She does things that make you want to just reach into the book and shake her - her using continues to be a problem in Chasing Magic and then there's her extremely complicated relationship with Terrible. You can't help but worry she's going to ruin it - ruin HIM - because she's just so screwed up. But I can't hate her. Can't even begin to hate her because she's so incredibly down on herself. She breaks my heart over and over - yes, she's screwed up, but so much of that is BECAUSE she doesn't love herself. This fact was made so incredibly vivid in Chasing Magic - and it was so hard to see happening. Chess takes some hard hits in Chasing Magic, one in particular that I did NOT see coming and am still a bit wounded from myself. Poor Chess! But, for the first time ever in this series, I really do think something has changed and Chess FINALLY has a chance. FINALLY I actually have hope for her to have some sort of HEA in this messed up world.
And then there's Terrible. I guess we all love him right? So what else is there to say - except that you'll love him 100 times more my time you finish Chasing Magic? I wish he saw himself more clearly - saw what we see, what Chess sees, because even though he's way more together than Chess, way stronger, he's got a whole ton of insecurities and they break my heart all over again. He sure knows how to love with 100% of himself though and if anyone can bring Chess out of her cycle it's gonna be Terrible.
Then there's Lex. I don't know how most people feel about Lex in this series - but I like him... and damn it! I feel sorry for him too! (Why must I feel so badly for every character I love in this series?) The thing about Lex is - he jokes around and womanizes (is that a word?) - but I don't believe it for one minute. Just like Chess uses her drugs to shield herself, and Terrible his fierce strength, Lex uses his could-give-a-care attitude. Stacia hasn't confirmed it for us yet in so many words - but I JUST KNOW that poor boy loves Chess and it's killing him to see her with Terrible. Is he right for Chess? No. But do I wish he could find happiness - and that somehow that could involve not destroying Chess's world? Yes please. Please?
Although the story in Chasing Magic, like in all the Downside Ghosts books is fantastic, it's not memorable for me because I'm just so caught up in the characters. I feel like you could replace the story I just read with any other mystery (and it could be crap, honestly) and if the characters were still having the same interactions they had, I would probably still love Chasing Magic. So it's really just a bonus that the story is pretty fantastic.
Unlike most Downside Ghosts stories - there's really just one big bad magical problem. Chess isn't working a case for the Church (all though things are definitely happening there - but I'll leave it at that). All over Downside people are going crazy - like they're being possessed and they can't be killed. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Magical Zombies!! So it wasn't quite zombies in the technical sense - no brain eating... but the concept is there. And of course, Chess has to figure it out and try to save the day. The other BIG, HUGE THING going down is Lex... he's got plans and step one involves Terrible. I'll leave it at that, but I have to say - Lex's plans caused me more anxiety than all the magic because it involved Terrible and I care way more about him than hordes of faceless people.
As usual Chasing Magic was an emotional roller coaster, spiced up with loads of magic, action, and sex. The only bad thing? I'm now officially caught up on this series and have NO IDEA when then next book is coming!!
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
this was my first book in the series, so i'm way behind on backstory and not much was explained (another fault - an author can recap world details fairly quickly) but OMG this anti hero was sooooo tiring. i would literally be groaning out loud as i was walking from work to BART. she just repeated herself so many times "i'm such a bad person, i hate myself" given she's a drug addict but i didn't need to hear it over and over again. there were also plenty of annoying lines like "i was there...i was here, i was everywhere and nowhere" - fyi, i made that quote up but it was often in that vein where i wanted to start taking drugs myself. The only person i liked of all the characters was "terrible" and she was fairly horrible to him. i will not be coming back.
oh - but the narrator did a great job with the material she had. best part of the audio book.
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