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Sacrificial Magic: Downside Ghosts, Book 4 | [Stacia Kane]

Sacrificial Magic: Downside Ghosts, Book 4

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, her boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the old sparks between them.
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Publisher's Summary

Reading, writing, and raising the dead.

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, her boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the old sparks between them.

Plus, there’s the little matter of Chess’ real job as a ghost hunter for the Church of Real Truth. She’s investigating reports of a haunting at a school in the heart of Downside, where 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.

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.

What the Critics Say

“Whether [the reader’s heart] is pounding in fear or breaking in sympathy, this book was satisfying on pretty much every level…. This is such an addictive, compelling series.” (Urban Fantasy Book Reviews)

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    Niki Rogers North Carolina 08-06-12
    Niki Rogers North Carolina 08-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Oh My Gosh, there is nothing Better!"

    This is one of the best series i have EVER listened too. Bahni Turpin is such an incredible narrator, she makes the story come alive. Every voice she does is distinct, no confusion ever about who is speaking.
    Stacia Kane is a master story teller. Her world weaving in this series is incredibly detailed and her characters lovable. I think at some point in every book in this series i have been brought to tears.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer ELLSWORTH, ME, United States 05-22-12
    Kindle Customer ELLSWORTH, ME, United States 05-22-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "The Dynamic Duo does it again!"

    What a great book! I loved the first 3 books, and was desperately hoping Bahni Turpin was reading this one, and she was! She reads the voices better than I can imagine them, especially Terrible and Lex. I enjoyed hearing about Chess' latest adventures in witchery. This series makes me feel for all of the characters, especially the drug addicted Chess. Throw in plenty of magic, ghosts and sex, and I was sold!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Charlotte, NC, United States 02-05-14
    Ashley Charlotte, NC, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.

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    "Terrible!!!"
    What did you love best about Sacrificial Magic?

    Terrible.


    Have you listened to any of Bahni Turpin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, But only the other ones in this series. She has a very pleasing voice and I like her characterizations- particularly Bump.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I definitely got a little misty during certain parts. The sappy parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I love that although Chess is a hot mess, she is legitimately trying to be a good person. I have enjoyed watching her grow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Eckert Minneapolis, MN 09-16-13
    K. Eckert Minneapolis, MN 09-16-13 Member Since 2004

    Devourer of all books fantasy

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    "Okay, Chess continues to make the same mistakes"

    This was the fourth book in the Downside Ghosts series by Kane. I haven’t been a huge fan of this series, but I got books 4 and 5 as eGalleys to review through NetGalley(dot)com so I keep reading the series. If you liked books one and two this book is very similar to those ones.

    Chess is given a case from the Church of Truth to investigate a haunting at a school in Downside..which just happens to be in enemy gang territory. Around the same time Bump, Chess’s drug dealer, wants Chess to check out a grisly murder that seems to be some sort of ritual killing. Chess will need all her wits (and drugs) to figure who are doing the black summonings and why.

    I didn’t think this book was as good as the third book, City of Ghosts. This book returns to the story structure used in books 1 and 2: Chess gets a case from the Church and Bump wants something looked into; it just so happens that the two things are related. Maybe it’s because I am reading these so close together, but the stories seem a bit formulaic to me with no storyline (outside of the Chess/Terrible romance) that really flows from novel to novel. I really wish that this story had dealt more with the Church again because I find that a lot more interesting than these miscellaneous Downside disasters.

    Chess does grow a little as a character, but she still keeps making a lot of the same mistakes. There are so many times she does incredibly stupid things, I was kind of hoping at points that Terrible would dump her.

    If there is anything that does flow well and change from book to book it is the relationship between Terrible and Chess. There are some incredibly intense emotional scenes between the two that are very gripping. Although I do get tired of how flawed these characters are and at how they keep making the same mistakes over and over.

    The world continues to be the same gritty post-apocalyptic world we’ve had in previous book. Chess continues to pill pop like crazy and somehow manages to not get killed.

    Honestly I am just tired of these books right now. I don’t like that characters and the stories from book to book are very similar. I am going to take a break for a while and then decide if I will read Chasing Magic or no at a later date.

    Overall an okay book in this series. If you loved the first two books in this series I think you will love this one; they are structured very much the same way. Chess is the same pill-popping somewhat functioning church witch she’s been in previous books, she makes a lot of the same stupid mistakes. There are some excellent scenes between her and Terrible, but aside from that there wasn’t a ton here I loved. Recommended to those who have really been enjoying this series. I would also recommend giving the first book a read if you are a fan of gritty urban fantasy; the first book is a very good example of the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this IL, United States 11-04-12
    Think about this IL, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best series, I've ever listened to"

    This is the 4th of the 'Downside' series, and I absolutely love them. I listened to this whole book in one day. I know how Chess feels about having to have her pills, because this series it very addictive. The narrator is superb, I can't imagine anyone doing a better job of bringing these characters to life, and they do come to life. You imagine yourself in their funky messed up world, and it all seems normal. Chess always is trying to solve a mystery, along with keeping herself high, to try to forget her past. Personally she has a struggle accepting her love for Terrible, and can't believe he'd really love her, because of that past. In her world, nothing has ever been good for her, except the Church. So, she feels Terrible, will be gone from her someday too.
    The book is nonstop action, mystery, and emotionally it will pull on your heartstrings.

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    kathy dundee, mi, United States 10-04-12
    kathy dundee, mi, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2009

    must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,

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    "excellent series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would recommend this book, the series just gets better and better


    What did you like best about this story?

    i like that the characters are complicated


    Have you listened to any of Bahni Turpin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    she is a terrific narrator, she brings these books to life, good with making each character stand out


    Any additional comments?

    this is a great series, you really need to start with book one, i think the reviews of book one are pretty accurate, check those out and give the series a shot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wii-zer sc 06-11-12
    wii-zer sc 06-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Urban ghost fighting flawed heroine - unique"
    What did you love best about Sacrificial Magic?

    Chess is still as messed up as ever and yet she starts to care about it. The two street gangs are revealed more and some new good characters are introduced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A good character progression and story


    Have you listened to any of Bahni Turpin???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is one of the best narrators on audible. Her readings bring the characters to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy HAWKINSVILLE, GA, United States 05-30-12
    Wendy HAWKINSVILLE, GA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Stacia Kane Does it again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I love this series. It is real emotions and real struggles!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Terrible!


    What about Bahni Turpin???s performance did you like?

    She does an super great job!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they broke up!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William astoria, OR, United States 05-28-12
    William astoria, OR, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2005

    SciFi-Fantasy Fan

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    "Enjoy 1970's ghetto slang & narrator Bahni Turpin"

    I hope book five is better because I like Terrible's character, plus the 1970's ghetto slang is fun to hear. I agree with others that this book is not as strong as others. I would have rather had more characters added (and more of the current characters developed) in place of her talking about feeling inadequate. Also, talking about the drugs the same way, so very often, got old. Although I purchased and liked the first three books (and listened to them twice each), I found myself getting bored about 3/4 into this book number four. I hope book five is better so this author can continue to make it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rae Meandarra, Australia 05-18-12
    Rae Meandarra, Australia 05-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love this series"

    Great narration. I like to list this first as it can make or break a story.

    Love this story and am so looking forward to the next instalment. Took me awhile so get into the series to start with, because of the street slang and the drug addiction (which I can't relate to), but love the stories now.

    I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh, Coreene Callahan, Stacia Kane, Kelly Meding and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

    Happy Reading


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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