Series: Downside Ghosts #3
Published by HarperCollins Australia, Voyager on August 5, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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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.
The third book in the Downside Ghosts series, City of Ghosts deals with some hard hitting emotions that this author so expertly conveys. In the previous book, Chess was dealt a big blow that left her reeling emotionally and unsure how to react and mend things with Terrible, the man in her life.
As a drug dependent user, she sinks deeper into using substances to cope with her feelings. She’s a big emotional wreck in this one, and it’s very depressing to read. It feels like she’s bruised, beaten, and played with here and you can’t help but hope that she gets a happy resolution.
The heavy emotions aside, Chess has been sent on another mission to work with the Black Squad from the Church. Working with the Grand Elder’s daughter, Chess gets caught up in a whirlwind of sinister forces, dark magic, and ghostly murders happening in the dark, gritty City of Downside.
This series is definitely one to follow, it is written with expertise, in a way that every sentence conveys what Chess is feeilng (which is sometimes complex). Even though she’s broken, truly drug dependent and emotionally hurt, she still does her best for the Church. What I like about Chess is that she seems so real, with her share of flaws and her raw emotions. Though I realise it’s probably not for everyone, as the drug use is very confronting at times.
I’m really excited to see where this series is heading especially after the epic ending. It’s quite a heavy read though, so I might take a bit of a break first.
I read this for a buddy read here. Check it out for our discussion on this book.
Rating: 5 out of 5