Thursday, 10 May 2012

City of Ghosts - Stacia Kane

City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #3)-Stacia Kane
Grade: Adult - UF
Rating:5/5 stars


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. (Description from Goodreads)

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Its official: I have Terrible Fever!

When I first heard that saying, I admit, I had no idea what people were talking about. Well, I get it now.

City of Ghosts is the third novel in Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Our favourite ‘debunker’ is at it again, investigating cases and kicking butt whilst doing it. Unlike the first two books, Chess only has one case this time around- and it’s a dozy. She has to work alongside the Black Squad (I guess they are like the CIA branch of the Church) on this extremely important and sensitive case. The Church Binds her, and this stops her from speaking about the case with anyone except those few Church officials involved. The Binding causes extreme pain and can lead to death. Not so good when the investigation leads into Bump’s territory and he wants to know why the Church is snooping around. Enter Terrible. The beautifully “ugly” tough guy, whom at the moment, isn’t talking to Chess, but is forced to help her so that Bump can be kept in the loop. And Chess is going to need the help of her Downside friends if she wants this case to be solved.

Chess is such a complicated character. She’s so strong, and yet damaged and vulnerable. She is a fighter though, and I love her fighting spirit. She also has a germ phobia that makes me laugh as she’s always finding herself in “germ filled” situations.

City of Ghosts is still dark and gritty, and the tension between Chess and Terrible makes the heart ache. But its also action packed, mysterious, and the end will have you squealing for more.

5/5 stars



    You know, I ONLY know about it through your reviews, and I've been following them LONGING to know more about this Terrible... and to hear they're on the outs upsets even ME! FAB review. It sounds SO exciting and tension filled and twisty! So need to give these books a go :)

    1. Thanks Sarah! You should most definitely get these books asap. Book 4 comes out very soon, and I can't wait to see what happens next with Chess (cause it's never a dull moment).