Format: Digital (purchased)
Release Date: July 27, 2012
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IT’S A THIN LINE BETWEEN ALIVE AND UNDEAD.
Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’s bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.
Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city’s most notorious crime boss—and Chess’s drug dealer—gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn’t bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he’s not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.
Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic—all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead.
After reading, Finding Magic, Unholy Ghosts and Unholy Magic, I still wasn't crazy in love with the series like some of you. Don't get me wrong, the alternate world Stacia Kane created is both wonderful and foreboding; ghost haunting left and right, witches running around under the edict of The Church, it's Salem's nightmare come to life. Downside Ghosts is a modern ghost story with very addicting characters with layers of drama and the supernatural so interspersed one can't help but get invested in it. But it wasn't until CITY OF GHOSTS that I finally understood the WHY's (it's so addicting) and WHAT's (the worship about) of the series. The words were leaping off the pages for me and the visuals that SKane kept on throwing are so vivid, I was having a kick ass Halloween party in my head the entire time!
After reading CITY OF GHOSTS I decided that being a Debunker isn't as exciting as I made it up to be, these creatures that Chess and The Church deals with are like famished Dementors, these ghosts are too adamant for a proton pack to expel not to mention necromancers and black magic joining the mix, no wonder Chess is a junkie. If I were in her shoes, I don't think Bump or The Asians can medicate me enough to function let alone be a mediocre Debunker in the face of adversity. And it's not just enemy that creeps me out, even The First Elders of The Church are scary in their own right, they're like Nazguls with their imposing powers and appearances.
Ain't talking this shit with you, dig? Why the fuck you keep askin?Because I want to help you. If ---Don't need your fucking help.
Chess and Terrible: These two are angsty and passionate for each other in equal parts whether it's in a fight, in lust or in love. The love-hate, push-pull that I've witnessed the past two books is starting to make me antsy because it reached a pinnacle and it either goes down or explode like fireworks. CITY OF GHOSTS is where this aspect of the story finally had its crescendo, a bump in the tunnels and sealed in a dirty bar bathroom. Not exactly romantic but the emotions and events leading to that made it so in my book. Although I feel afraid for Chess, Terrible really said a lot of nasty things to her not only meant to hurt her feelings but burn a hole in her heart. I have a feeling Chess' heartached of Terrible and his mutton chops is far from over. His name isn't Terrible for nothing right? But in any case, I'll take it where I can so like Chess, I'm basking in Terrible's love for Chess right now.
Talk? Why? Got more lies to give me?... making me sick bein in the same room as you. Dig?
Cesaria Putnam: I really don't know how you stay lucid when you pop those pills like Tic-Tacs. The Binding Ceremony was both beautiful and painful and I don't know how Chess survived the whole thing much less stay coherent. But CITY OF GHOSTS story is my favorite amongst Chess' adventures so far, she was such a badass in this one especially the magic she pulled in the end! It was so breathtaking and I felt the rush of emotions SKane was projecting: fear, relief, courage, worry and power. For that much magic coming out of Chess' skinny frame was EPIC to witness!
So CITY OF GHOST was/is legendary! I still have a novella and two more books to go but reading the reviews it looks like SKane won't be giving me a break, I believe she plans to take me to further heights with Sacrificial Magic and Chasing Magic, the latter being released today.
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