Series: Downside Ghosts #4
Published by Voyager on May 10, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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: 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 Chess.
Plus 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.
What an emotional rollercoaster. Sacrificial Magic is an amazing journey as Chess, Church witch and drug addict, appears to spiral deeper into depression, self-loathing and drug dependency. The case she’s thrust into this time is perilous and someone appears to have a personal vendetta against her.
Her relationship with Terrible has gone through the ups and downs, but it only gets stronger. She’s still got Lex on the other end who appears to still have feelings for her. These are two important men in her life, and her drug use appears to affect her actions a bit too much here.
What made this book entirely worthwhile though, was the ending. As much as they can be, these endings are uplifting especially with the Church and Terrible in Chess’ life.
I found Sacrificial Magic to be so far, the most powerful in the Downside Series. It’s less about the fake hauntings and gang violence and more about Chess’s incredibly journey. Forget those Mary Sues, Chess is one woman who needs a bit of love. We want her to find happiness.
I read this for a buddy read here. Check out our discussion if you’re interested.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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