Sacrificial Magic

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    IGNOU M.Com Study Material, IGNOU Books, Free Download investigating reports of a haunting at a school in the heart of Downside 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."/>
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  • Sacrificial Magic
  • Stacia Kane
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  • 15 October 2019
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About the Author: Stacia Kane

Sacrificial Magic PDF/EPUB ´ sacrificial book, magic ebok, Sacrificial MagicSacrificial Magic PDFStacia Kane is the author of the light hearted romantic urban fantasy Megan Chase series starting with PERSONAL DEMONS She currently writes the gritty dystopian urban fantasy Downside series starring Chess Putnam and featuring ghosts, human sacrifice, drugs, witchcraft, punk rock, and a badass Chevelle She bleaches her hair and wears a lot of black.


Sacrificial MagicSacrificial Magic PDF/EPUB ´ sacrificial book, magic ebok, Sacrificial MagicSacrificial Magic PDFREADING, 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 Chess s boyfriend, Terrible, doesn t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the sparks between him and ChessPlus there s the little matter of Chess s real job as a ghost hunter for the Church of Real Truth, investigating reports of a haunting at a school in the heart of Downside 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.

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  1. Katie(babs) says:

    Stacia Kane s Sacrificial Magic, book 4 in her Downside Ghosts series is her best book to date If you re not reading this series about a drug addicted ghost busting witch investigator, you need to start reading ASAP This series of books shouldn t work for me since I m not a big fan of ghosts, or the plight of a drug addicted protagonist, who not only has major self esteems issues, but her destructive lifestyle is hard to swallow But the way Stacia has written Chess Putnam, she allows the rea Stacia Kane s Sacrificial Magic, book 4 in her Downside Ghosts series is her best book to date If you re not reading this series about a drug addicted ghost busting witch investigator, you need to start reading ASAP This series of books shouldn t work for me since I m not a big fan of ghosts, or the plight of a drug addicted protagonist, who not only has major self esteems issues, but her destructive lifestyle is hard to swallow But the way Stacia has written Chess Putnam, she allows the reader to walk in Chess s shoes where we see what tough situations Chess must go through to make it through the day You can t help but sympathize with such a character who s close to pitiful as you can get But through it all, Chess remains strong and is the ultimate survivor She may be downtrodden and lives in despair, including losing herself to hers pills, poppers, dust and other mind destroying drugs, but there s something about her we can all understand.There s a little of Chess inside all of us and the greatest thing with this series is watching Chess win in the end And now that she s found love in its purest and most tender of forms, you d think Chess would get a break, but in Sacrificial Magic that s not the case You will experience a roller coaster of emotions while reading this one I was actually sweating at one point because I thought Chess would lose everything dear to her Stacia gives the reader a ride they won t forget.When we left Chess, she seemed to be in a good place The reason for this is because of her new relationship with her drug pusher s henchman and hitman, Terrible Chess has fallen deeply in love with Terrible who returns her feelings also These two have been through the wringer together There was a lot of mistrust between them in the beginning, mainly because Chess would keep Terrible in the dark about things, and she was involved in a sexual relationship with her drug dealer mob boss s enemy s son, Lex Chess lost herself in Lex s body and the great sex he could give her without being emotionally involved Chess enjoyed Lex s company and he treated her with respect and gave her free drugs Since Chess thought she didn t stand a chance with Terrible, she kept turning to Lex But ten Terrible s jealousy exploded Now Chess and Terrible are together and it s quite the thing of beauty to watch.Terrible is terribly ugly to the entire world, but not to Chess Terrible is this hulking, muscular, street enforcer who has bad hair and a face not even a mother could love He scares the living daylights out of everyone, and his street dialogue is hard to understand To most he comes across as uneducated and intelligent But underneath this rouch and tumble package is a very smart and intelligent man who is very handsome to Chess.This excerpt explains perfectly how important Terrible is to Chess, where without him she would shrivel up and die Seeing him was like being hit in the chest Like something exploding inside her, a quick ravenous fire that made her shiver So bright and so hot it still amazed her that no one else seemed to notice it, that every eye in the place didn t turn to her while she went incandescent Chess is very careful around Terrible and puts on kid gloves with him She s afraid to lose him, and because of this, she constantly second guesses herself If only she could be honest with Terrible and tell him how she really feels, than everything would be okay But Chess is not big on communication and a man like Terrible can t always read between the lines Their relationship is very fragile and it starts to unwind because Chess is so afraid of messing it up She also thinks she isn t worthy of Terrible It s really heartbreaking to be privy to Chess thoughts and feelings because you want to shake the woman because you know she ll ruin everything.Chess is very self assured when it comes to her job as a ghost hunter for the Church of Real Truth Her latest investigation leads her to a school that may or may not be haunted There Chess meets Lex s sister Beaulah who rubs her the wrong way Chess isn t too happy about taking on this case because it brings Lex into close proximity to her, which would make Terrible very unhappy But Lex, along with Beaulah, wants to help her solve the case, and from that Chess finds out some disturbing things at the school.While this is going on, Terrible is there to lend a hand, but then Chess starts a downward spiral that ends up with destroying all her progress with Terrible Once her drugs she relied on kept her going, now that she has Terrible she doesn t need them as much, but they re still her crutch Also, The person using dark magic for revenge, which takes place at the school, is still on the loose and won t stop until they succeed in their ultimate plan that could make Chess turn her back on everything and those she loves the most.I love the type of partnership and relationship Chess and Terrible have These two must be the most unconventional couple I ve ever read It s all about reading in between the lines with these two Both are in unfamiliar territory when it comes to their love, although Terrible fairs better than Chess.Stacia does something very dangerous at one point There s a scene where Chess is so doped up and paranoid, which leads to a violent altercation with Terrible She tells Terrible everything that has been eating away at her, even going as far to insult him cruelly and says some debasing things in order to hurt him Terrible s normal restraint is put to the test here and it s the turning point for both of them in so many ways This is a gut wrenching scene because it s equally disturbing and powerful but works.Many of the scenes and actions here have layers that must be unraveled The scene toward the end where Chess must make a life changing decision will make your heart jump into your throat The aftermath may have you in tears.One of the best loves scenes I ve read so far this year is in this book If the car is a rockin , don t come a knockin comes to mind.Sacrificial Magic is one of my most anticipated reads of 2012 and it doesn t disappoint It s explosive, full of nail biting tension and has incredibly written passages I kept re reading certain paragraphs because the words sound like poetry to me Stacia has blown my mind away with Sacrificial Magic She continues to improves with every book This is a must read and will most likely be in my top 5 favorite books for this year Chess and Terrible have become my latest addiction where I wait with bated breath for their next adventure

  2. Catie says:

    While I may have a few intelligent things to say about this book later such a dirty word , I have to admit right now that there s one thing about the series that keeps me coming back who else do you know in Urban Fantasy who has the moxie to introduce the main love interest like thisNot real verbal, are you, Terrible This time he glared at her, the greenish lights from the dash highlighting the astonishing ugliness of his profile His crooked nose it must have been broken several timesWhile I may have a few intelligent things to say about this book later such a dirty word , I have to admit right now that there s one thing about the series that keeps me coming back who else do you know in Urban Fantasy who has the moxie to introduce the main love interest like thisNot real verbal, are you, Terrible This time he glared at her, the greenish lights from the dash highlighting the astonishing ugliness of his profile His crooked nose it must have been broken several times the way his brows jutted out like a cliff over the ocean, the set of his jaw She held her hands up, palms out Okay Just making conversation Dames always wanna talk Not like there s anything else they d want to do with you What s this He doesn t make the heroine swoon in two seconds flat He speaks in gutter slang And he s not even hot for god s sake What is this world coming to And that s not even the half of it he s not rich, he s not powerful except maybe in physical brutality , and he doesn t have women crawling all over him much I m always a little surprised by my complete fascination with Terrible He s nothing like what I would ever want in real life a huge, ugly, brute of a man with Elvis hair who dresses in bowling shirts, drives a 69 Chevelle, barely speaks, and is very good at hurting people Swoon I mean, let me just tell you a few things about the real life person I ve chosen to spend my life with he wears nerd t shirts, he drives a Prius, the closest his hair has ever been to a styling product is the conditioner I forced him to start using, and he spent all of this afternoon playing with a gyroscope.But that s the gift of Stacia Kane She describes everything with such dimension that it s impossible not to get immersed, not to get attached A dirty, noisy, violent ghetto becomes a home A rigidly puritanical ruling body fond of executing people and ignoring the poor becomes a place of safety An ugly thug becomes a sexy, smart, sensitive person A drug addict becomes a hero A relationship between these two, something that I d normally dismiss as doomed to failure, is suddenly something that I am very invested in.I ll admit that I was nervous to start this series, because addiction is something that I have a lot of experience with and I can t tolerate when it s treated lightly or used as a gimmick But Kane never glorifies or trades on Chess addiction It s a constant presence in the novel it colors everything that she does, but it s not exciting It s a chore Reading about Chess endless search for her next high, her next emotional insulation, is exhausting and it feels very realistic It s been over a year since the release of City of Ghosts, but it was very easy to fall back into this world and these characters I was initially quite surprised when I read the first few pages and saw that they were in third person I could have sworn that these books were in first person The memories I have of Chess insecurities, doubts, and self hatred are so vivid This is an extremely intimate third person narration, and now I realize that it s the perfect choice for Chess Chess, who would do just about anything to drown out her memories and feelings, who would never acknowledge them openly It s as if the third person here were actually one of her personal demons, sitting on her shoulder or living inside her head, whispering things like Everyone leaves you eventually Might as well just assume it s going to happen That would be the smart thing Might as well just push them away first. I spent the first three quarters of the book feeling almost traumatized by how closely some of those passages resembled my own inner monologues But then, and I promise promise not to give anything away there s a part at the end that made me soar It made me remember that even as trauma and damage are hollowing you out, they re making you deeper They re making you capable of feelingThey re turning you into yourself The main reason that I am not giving this five stars is that I feel ready forAs a reader, I am ready to knowabout this world I think that it s completely believable and interesting as hell that Chess would work for The Church without really questioning the facts of their history or their underlying motivations And I think it s believable that she d work for Bump under duress and not demand better for herself But, I am ready to knowabout the Church and its motivations I am ready to see the bigger picture here and focus less on the smaller hauntings summonings mysteries And although I don t think it would be realistic for her to become fully healed, I am ready for her to start at least wantingfor herself If you are a fan of this series, this one is not to be missed It s the best yet, in my opinion If you haven t read these and you love urban fantasy, I suggest that you get the first one right away And if you haven t gotten into urban fantasy, but love complex, interesting characters and gritty stories, then I d definitely give these a try.Perfect Musical PairingsThat s right, I said Pairings I inhaled the first three in this series back in 2010 and I never reviewed them Now s my chance to make up for that SOME MINOR SPOILERS FOLLOW For Terrible Modest Mouse Spitting VenomOf course only an eight and a half minute long, weirdly addictive song will do for my Terrible This song is about two people who argue and spit venom at each other, so much so that it seems that the best thing to do would be to just end it But then, repeating through the final minutes is Cheer up baby, it wasn t quite so bad, for every bit of venom put out the antidote was had, which makes me a little emotional when I think about Terrible and Chess And now, for your amusement, I will describe my feelings about this song using quotes about Terrible Press play and come along with me.00 00 You look Elvis vomited you up 00 55 She hadn t known he had feelings.1 27 I don t think you could be invisible anywhere 3 27 Still the same features, the lumpy nose and the jutting brow and the hard, dark eyes, but not ugly any Full of character.4 15 I sink you, that I will not be sunk by you sob 5 22 I knew you d find me 8 29 Yeah Yeah, I do, shit Terrible I really love you hits replay for the twelfth time For Chess Modest Mouse Little MotelAnd of course these two would have similar songs There are so many parallels between them This song is about that gut twisting feeling of the clock running down on a relationship It s that feeling of doom, of knowing that you re going to be by yourself again soon, of worrying that the other person won t even miss you.Also seen on The Readventurer

  3. Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) says:

    Things I learned about Terrible in this book He is sexy when he is jealous Or angry Or protective.He likes his dames o natural No waxing.His 69 Chevelle hasuses than just getting from point A to point B.He loves Chessthan anything else in his existence.And this is why I love him.

  4. Chelsea says:

    This review was originally published at Vampire Book Club.Chess needed to grow for the Downside Ghosts series to truly move forward, and Stacia Kane didn t disappoint Sacrificial Magic pushes on Chess from all sides She needs to evaluate her position at the Church of Real Truth and what the trust she s earned there means She fights her own nature to attempt a relationship with Terrible.At the crux of Sacrificial Magic is Chess rebelling against her self imposed isolation and self hatred She This review was originally published at Vampire Book Club.Chess needed to grow for the Downside Ghosts series to truly move forward, and Stacia Kane didn t disappoint Sacrificial Magic pushes on Chess from all sides She needs to evaluate her position at the Church of Real Truth and what the trust she s earned there means She fights her own nature to attempt a relationship with Terrible.At the crux of Sacrificial Magic is Chess rebelling against her self imposed isolation and self hatred She s still the Chess who sees little value in herself, but she s trying to reconcile that with the realization people might care for her asthan a means to an end.As one of the Church s debunkers, it s not surprising when they ask Chess to take up a sensitive case It s not even all that surprising they ve passed a case on to her that another debunker failed with actually, he went missing after the case But nothing is ever simple for her Three books have proved that The case has Chess spending a lot of time in Slobag s territory among less than helpful witnesses who hate the Church for prohibiting their culture.At the same time, Bump has his favorite Churchwitch looking into arson on his side of Downside and it looks like ritual sacrifice is part of the problem Whenritual murders pop up in Downside on both sides of the drug territory Chess has to solve things quickly She doesn t want Terrible thinking she s spending time with Lex when she s really working a case.That s just the tip of the Chess and Terrible drama Kane gives usinsight into Chess trust issues and a muchexpansive examples of her neuroses Chess is someone who has never been truly loved She s never had a relationship where her partner wasn t using her for something Terrible caring for her simply for the strength of her being confounds Chess, and at the same time the possibility of losing it terrifies her And, because she s Chess, that means she does idiotic things to try and prove herself This isn t an easy relationship, but one that s worth the trouble and necessary pain.Chess will infuriate you She will break your heart She will surprise you And by the end you ll be both exhausted and sated Sacrificial Magic is dark, and brings the requisite Downside craziness of sex, drugs and magic, but it s also the most introspective of the novels to date Clever plot twists, character surprises and brutally honest writing make Sacrificial Magic a must read.And, because I know several of you want to know, Chessiebomb makes a return and Elder Griffin dispenses dating advice No, really It s awesome.Sexual content Sex, sensual scenes and Chess contemplating the relationship of sex and trust

  5. HeatherJay says:

    Commence gushing in 5432.1I AM IN LOVE WITH STACIA KANE If I were ever lucky enough to meet her I imagine it would go something like this Stacia Hello Me Heeheeheehee Stacia What s wrong with you And it would go downhill from there Ms Kane has done it again with Sacrificial Magic Creating a world that is gritty, ugly, dirty, exciting and as always, riveting.After discovering a gruesome murder sacrifice of one of his employees, Bump asks orders Chess to use her powers Commence gushing in 5432.1I AM IN LOVE WITH STACIA KANE If I were ever lucky enough to meet her I imagine it would go something like this Stacia Hello Me Heeheeheehee Stacia What s wrong with you And it would go downhill from there Ms Kane has done it again with Sacrificial Magic Creating a world that is gritty, ugly, dirty, exciting and as always, riveting.After discovering a gruesome murder sacrifice of one of his employees, Bump asks orders Chess to use her powers as a witch to figure out who has done this Slobag.Before I continue I feel I must give Bump credit for contributing the following lines to the book which were at the very least, geniusWhat knowledge you fuckin given Bump on the now time New shit, fuckin hopin so yay Something on the fuckin use type side, get that fuckin scum Slobag down And my personal favorite,Now mayhap you quit givin Terrible the fuckin slurpy eyes an give Bump the listening,yayMy secret hope is that Ms Kane will someday write a spin off series done completely in Downspeak and starring Bump.Back to the storyas always, Chess continues to be her own worst enemy With the development of her blossoming relationship with Terrible, her insecurities and self hatred are in full bloom At times she comes so close to completely spiraling out of control it is physically painful to read She cannot accept that she is deserving of happiness or of Terrible s love She s convinced that it is a matter of time before he figures all of this out and dumps her for good Ms Kane has created one of the most unique and sweet love stories in these two There is a song from Patti Smith called Dancing Barefoot that always plays in my head when these two are together The following lines are perfect she is benedictionshe is addicted to theeshe is the root connectionshe is connecting with hehere I go and I don t know whyI fell so ceaselesslycould it be he s taking over meI m dancing barefootheading for a spinsome strange music draws me inmakes me come on like some heroineshe is sublimationshe is the essence of theeshe is concentrating onhe, who is chosen by sheTake a listen for those who aren t familiar with Patti Smith and imagine this playing in the background while they re messing around on Chess s new couch Terrible continues to be imperfectly perfect in every way Just when you think you could not possibly love himhe says something like thisLove you, too, Chess He held her tighter, almost as tightly as she held him If she had fingernails to dig into him she would have, hooks to catch him with and never let go You got that, aye Ain t you know it Love you right, til it hurts Ain t goin nowhere, don t need to cry, sall right up Fuuuuuuuccckkkkkkk stares dreamily at the ceiling Going in I didn t think Ms Kane could top City of Ghosts but she has definately done it with SM I was sucked in from the first page and felt like her emotional punching bag when I was done Just like I like it

  6. Montzalee Wittmann says:

    Sacrificial MagicDownside Ghosts, Book 4By Stacia KaneNarrated by Bahni TurpinI really enjoy this series The world building is wonderful and the characters are terrific Ghost hunting like no other books Always several layers of interest going on at the same time The only thing that is getting old is the repetitive love angst between Terrible and Chess It s always for the same thing over and over again Also the drug use, I am so tired of it Sure it s one of her flaws but it s becoming a Sacrificial MagicDownside Ghosts, Book 4By Stacia KaneNarrated by Bahni TurpinI really enjoy this series The world building is wonderful and the characters are terrific Ghost hunting like no other books Always several layers of interest going on at the same time The only thing that is getting old is the repetitive love angst between Terrible and Chess It s always for the same thing over and over again Also the drug use, I am so tired of it Sure it s one of her flaws but it s becoming a flaw of the story The narration is excellent as usual

  7. MISS VAIN says:

    Didn t have anything but hope especially her own chances were about as good as her chances of discovering she was the long lost daughter of some millionaire who couldn t wait to have her back Hope wasn t something she s ever had much ofFor those of you that know me, I m sure you re all fully aware that I m a complete Fangirl when it comes to Downside Ghosts series and not only am I a Terrible Girl, I m also a Chess fan as well because she s fantastic So this may come as no surpr Didn t have anything but hope especially her own chances were about as good as her chances of discovering she was the long lost daughter of some millionaire who couldn t wait to have her back Hope wasn t something she s ever had much ofFor those of you that know me, I m sure you re all fully aware that I m a complete Fangirl when it comes to Downside Ghosts series and not only am I a Terrible Girl, I m also a Chess fan as well because she s fantastic So this may come as no surprise since I say this after I read each new installment of The Downside Ghost series, so I ll say it again Sacrificial Magic was my favorite of the series to date Chessie..shit, Chessie, I love you so bad His teeth on her throat, biting hard, his lips smoothing the spot So fucking much, so..so bad Sacrificial Magic begins shortly after the heartwarming events that occurred in City of Ghosts Chess is finally happy in love with her first genuine selfless relationship with her devoted boyfriend Terrible You would think her life would be peaches and cream at this moment and she would be living in such a blissful state with Terrible she would have no time for anxiety Well this is Downside and Chess Putnam is a powerful Church Witch so think again Always want you, Chessiebomb Always From the begining we quickly disciver that both Slobag and Bump s men are turning up dead and it obvious that witchcraft is being used on these men as some sort of ritual sacrifice Bump has ordered his most favorite and loyal ChurchWitch Chess Putnam to look into these murders and discover why these men are being tortured and killed in Bumps territory Also if it wasn t enough motivation that Bump is her main drug supplier he s also Terrible s boss and she knows no boundaries when it comes to protecting Terrible To know the truth, we must find it within ourselves More than that, we must admit it to ourselves The Church and You, a pamphlet by Elder Barrett Therefore she has no other choice but to investigate for Bump while simultaneously investigating for the church, while hiding her extracurricular lifestyle from the church Two choices, both of them shitty Story of her life. The Church of Truth has also assigned Chess Putnam the task of investigating grissly ritual murders, and of course Chess gets assigned after a fellow Church Debunker goes missing while conducting the investigating She must now begin her investigation in Slobag s territory a rival drug lord to Bump, so understandably Terrible is not permitted Unfortunately this forces her to work muchclosely with Lex much to Terible s disdain This aides and abets Chess irrational paranoia and self abhorrent inner turmoil get annoyed, and she d look clingy and pitiful It would be like admitting she needed no, not admitting, there was nothing to admit It would be like saying that she needed to have him around, and if she did that he d be turned off. She s unsure how to behave since this will be the first time she has been in such close proximity with Lex her Ex Lover Ex boyfriend Friend with Benefits Casual Hookup Well you get the picture Prior to Terrible with Chess all these categories collided together into a tiny package of dispair as this is her first genuine, selfless, loving relationship with her fully committed boyfriend Terrible She s uneasy about fully accepting his no strings attached love WhatHe looked so angry for a second she thought he was going to slam on the brakes, and braced herself Well, braced herself as best she could she didn t think she could have picked up anything heavier than a cigarette at that particular moment. They made you Fuck Shoulda fuckin known No it wasn t that bad I had my gloves He shook his head, his anger still filling the car Sure it weren t Swhy you tanked up soon s you left, aye She blinked That stung A lot And what was she supposed to say in reply Especially when it was true Are..are you mad at me What Why Naw, baby Just ain t can believe they made you do that, is all His being mad made her feel like Terrible cared about her. Thoughts like that from Chess just remind me how truly damaged Poor Pitiful Chess truly is I make no secret of the fact that although I cannot possibly begin to relate to Chess as a drug addict, I m instantly drawn to her character and wish I could shake her and tell her, Terrible loves her unconditionallyBut.no, you didn t want, um, you didn t want me anyMy heart goes out to Chess in Sacrificial Magic It s seems her self loathing and paranoia are at an all time high I m still unsure whether her anxiety was drug related or if it s due to her new budding serious relationship with Terrible Most likely it s a combination of them both Her anxiety takes root and develops into a dark and ugly cloud, I just can t help but feel her pain right along with her, unfounded or not She constantly worries if Terrible trusts her working so closely with Lex, she fears he may believe she s The Church Witch involved with helping Slobag work against Terrible Any rational person could see that Terrible would never believe she would be working with Slobag against Bump and Terrible, but Chess isn t always a rational thinker For fuck s sake She didn t spend most of her income on drugs so she could have clean fucking blood And that green tea tasted like swamp water and death. While Chess is investigating these murders and their involvement with a ChurchWitch and Bump and Slobag s men she acquires a new feminine friendship in Beulah and I hope to see their friendship build It s almost like a friendship version of West Side Story Regardless of how inconspicuous these forbidden lines are, they re still there and everyone in Downside is aware of them I m hoping that even thought they re from two different sides of the drug territories of Downside, Chess and Beulah are able to maintain a healthy friendship and perhaps balance out Chess anxiety and self unsavory thoughts of herself This friendship makes me smile, because Chess could really benefit from her first female friendship and everybody needs a friend to lean on This friendship has the opportunity to give Chess the self worth she s lacking His door slammed shut behind her She ran down the hall on unsteady feet, almost fell on the stairs Wished she had fallen, and broken her stupid fucking neck on the wayMy emotions were in a blender one moment I was laughing, giddy happy, then within a page turn I was crying, my chest felt heavy, and I felt the need to put the book down and walk away for a breather, yet I couldn t bring myself to walk away from this hot mess For some unknown reason I m drawn to dysfunctional characters like buttermilk batter on fried chicken I devour every bit of this Just when I think all hearts are safe in Downside, Stacia Kane scares me to death And Terrible.he was just a thug A violent thug at that And he had something to do with drugs too, and prostitution and all manner of other things He was not a good person What redeeming qualities could a person like that haveChess What s troubling He loved her In one scene I wanted to step in and mediate and calm the fire down because my heart was breaking into tiny pieces while Chess Psychopomp was sucking it dry Luckily for me, my most cherished books are those that, stir up emotions I had yet to realize I had available for a fictional relationship As scared as these ghosts make me feel, I m always left with the desire to live in this Magical Downside not so holy series of Downside Ghosts and pal around with Chess and flirt with her boyfriend Terrible Stayed a while, though, aye I just I almost died on that fucking catwalk I was on a catwalk and it fell, that s how I hurt my cheek and I didn t feel like being alone and I knew you were busy, and he was there Oh, I dig Hey, maybe you give me the number that dame Cassie, the one wore your face Next time aught happens to me, I give her a ring up for company No worries, aye This book was truly a gem to read, and I recommend this to any Urban Fantasy lover that prefers their read to be dark, gritty, sexy and fantastic Downside fans will not be disappointed with this latest installment The only unfavorable part of this book is that it endedhowever, Stacia Kane is spoiling us Downside fans because we only have to wait a few short months for the next book Chasing Magic to be released I LOVED Sacrificial Magic Love you, too, Chess You got that, aye Ain t you know it Love you right, till it hurts Ain t goin nowhere, don t need to cry, sall right up ARC provided by Netgalley

  8. Mandi Schreiner says:

    Initial thoughts I had a hard time getting into the first 100 pages Not sure if it is just that I haven t been in this world for a long time or what But after that this book really hit its stride The mystery is done really well and again Stacia Kane does such a good job not only cultivating the suspense, but giving us this vivid picture of Downside and the Church and the people that live there I really like how she writes the details.We get an intimate look at Terrible and Chess and Chess s Initial thoughts I had a hard time getting into the first 100 pages Not sure if it is just that I haven t been in this world for a long time or what But after that this book really hit its stride The mystery is done really well and again Stacia Kane does such a good job not only cultivating the suspense, but giving us this vivid picture of Downside and the Church and the people that live there I really like how she writes the details.We get an intimate look at Terrible and Chess and Chess s deep rooted fear of commitment, and how she is always ready for the worst to happen Trust is the name of the game in this book and I really loved how it is explored Her drug issues kind of wraps around everything and again really well done There were times I wanted to shake her and tell her to shape up but she is flawed and I like that Stacia Kane allows her to be this way There are some heartbreaking scenes, and some smiles For those who love Terrible, you will love him evenafter this book.A really nice addition to this series For those who have not read it, you must read in order Big things happen at the end and I can t wait for book 5

  9. Jamie says:

    Originally posted at www.Addicted2Heroines.comA typical night, the streets alive with degeneracy Sometimes, she loved Downside.In this fourth installment to the Downside Ghosts series, Stacia Kane takes us on a dark, sometimes disturbing, yet always fascinating, journey through Downside, Triumph City with drug addicted Churchwitch Chess Putnam Fans of this series have waited a long time since City of Ghosts was released in August 2010, and Stacia Kane delivers in spades Returning to Downside Originally posted at www.Addicted2Heroines.comA typical night, the streets alive with degeneracy Sometimes, she loved Downside.In this fourth installment to the Downside Ghosts series, Stacia Kane takes us on a dark, sometimes disturbing, yet always fascinating, journey through Downside, Triumph City with drug addicted Churchwitch Chess Putnam Fans of this series have waited a long time since City of Ghosts was released in August 2010, and Stacia Kane delivers in spades Returning to Downside is like coming home minus the slums and drugs and whatnot Stacia Kane is a masterful writer and proves it once again in Sacrificial Magic Sacrificial Magic takes place a month or two after the events of City of Ghosts Chess and Terrible are trying out a real relationship, which for Chess, is like walking on a circus wire One wrong move and she believes her relationship with Terrible will disintegrate She is still working for the Church and maintaining an excellent track record Bump and Slobag are still fighting for territory and shady business in Downside And, as always, ghosts are out and about.Chess is assigned to investigate a school on Slobag s side of town A ghost of an ex student has been spotted, and this ghost sighting is seemingly connected to sacrificial magic and fires that are occurring in Bump s territory Chess is once again caught in the middle between the Church and Bump While investigating the school haunting, she must also investigate the murders and fires in Bump s buildings.This book takes us very deeply into Chess psyche From previous books, we all know that Chess has a tragic and tortured past We already know that she has next to no self esteem In Sacrificial Magic, we learndetails about Chess past abuse and we see that her self worth is evendamaged than previously thought Chess is one of the most dysfunctional characters I have ever come across She sees herself in such a warped way that it causes a lot of friction between her and Terrible, and it brought me to tears It s amazing that Chess is still alive, considering what she has suffered through and how she hates herself I was awash in her misery and pained at her dysfunctional interactions with Terrible This is a major theme throughout this book.Security Chess hoped and hoped would last, despite the nagging voice in the back of her mind that insisted it couldn t, it wouldn t, she didn t deserve it, and she should just give up the idea.Terrible is so very vulnerable in his own right Chess thinks throughout this book that Terrible doesn t trust her, when all along, it was the other way around, and it took Chess a lot of heartache to come to this realization But Terrible has enough self esteem to be Chess rock There s a heartbreaking scene where Terrible and Chess say some truly horrid things to one another Things that are fueled by an exceedingly high Chess But Terrible never pushes Chess away, and he never judges her.And there was that damned grin again That was so dangerous So fucking dangerous And every day that went by only made it worse, only made it harder to face the inevitable moment when he d decide he d had enough of her, when he d get tired of her body and realize who she really was That he didn t trust her and never could Every day that went by was another day gone Another day closer to the end At some point during this book, Chess begins to turn the corner on her perception of her drug addiction Chess contemplates her past emotional scars, and her previous suicidal thoughts We even see the genesis of her drug issues While working this case, she finds a dead body of a man that has died due to a drug overdose This slowly plays on Chess mind through the remainder of this book.Dead and alone in a room full of drugs, rotting and alone with pills crushed into the carpet Dead while nobody gave a fuck, a lonely addict s death in silence with no one to even notice Tears poured down her cheeks and she couldn t stop them her breath whistled in her chest Without Terrible that s what she d be, no one cared, no one really gave Chess also has to work with ex lover Lex She was in a very precarious position throughout this book As much as Chess loves Terrible, and she really, truly does, she likes Lex and want to be friends with him He puts her in a difficult position with Terrible a couple of times I ve said this before about Lex, but Stacia Kane does not give us the easy out on this one Lex has never done anything wrong to Chess He has helped her out of some very bad situations, and it is clear in this book that he still has feelings for Chess There is a big confrontation at the end of this book, with some surprises Chess is given a choice and a temptation that was nerve wracking for me to read There are guns and knives, magic and fighting, ghosts and fire It is a huge ending that will reverberate throughout the next book I chose you, she managed, choking out the words in a strangled, warbly sounding whisper I chose you, I chose you all but I chose you, I love you you much and I chose you There is a very touching scene between Chess and Terrible at the end of this book that had my Terrible loving heart racing with happiness Chess battles her inner demons and truthfully tells Terrible what he means to her, and it was a beautiful scene Chess is so very damaged, yet she grows so much in this book She comes to terms with her feelings for Terrible, she begins to realize that she is worth something as a person, and she is in the very beginning of viewing her drug addiction as a real problem I m so proud of how far Chess has come in this series Throughout it all, Terrible is Chess rock He accepts every damaged bit of her, and this is what is giving her the strength to become the person she wants to be.Now she did see the change in him, saw the slow smile start, the one that always made her feel so good because she could make it appear Always want you, Chessiebomb Always There are still a lot of outstanding questions left at the end of this book, which I am guessing will be dealt within depth in Chasing Magic We saw the effect the sigil has on Terrible in this book, but how will this hurt Terrible in future books Can Chess remove it Will Chess continue on this path of self worth, or will she have set backs How will Lex and his new position affect Chess and Terrible in the future How will Chess relationship with Terrible affect her drug addiction Will she truly learn to trust another person June and the release of Chasing Magic cannot get here quick enough He smelled like home

  10. Tatiana says:

    Is it ok to love a series mainly for the relationship drama Because that s, frankly, why I enjoyed this particular installment Even though City of Ghosts ended on a high note, love wise, and the following short story Home was all lovey sweetness, Sacrificial Magic is full of delicious drama Saying I love you doesn t really solve Chess emotional and commitment problems She is such a hot mess Is it ok to love a series mainly for the relationship drama Because that s, frankly, why I enjoyed this particular installment Even though City of Ghosts ended on a high note, love wise, and the following short story Home was all lovey sweetness, Sacrificial Magic is full of delicious drama Saying I love you doesn t really solve Chess emotional and commitment problems She is such a hot mess