Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane

Monday, May 21, 2012
Series: Downside Ghosts #4
Pages: 416
Publication Date: March 27th, 2012
Publisher: Random House
Reviewed by: Ambers I & R

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.

My Thoughts

This series is freaking unbelieveably awesome!! I just can not get enough. The characters are so real that the emotions they feel in the books I feel too. All the characters just come alive. There is always so much happening. Chess is always involved in a life or death situation. There is always a mystery to solve. There is always a killer ghost. As much as I love the Downside Ghost world, I love Chess and Terrible and their roller coaster relationship more then I can even describe.

Sacrificial Magic is heart wrenchingly good. I was a nervous wreck going into this book, I just knew something was going to go wrong. Chess is not called my favorite flawed heroine for no reason, and she did not disappoint! And p.s when the girl wants to get laid, please just give her what she wants. One of the most heart breaking and hardest scenes was all due to that.. I will not spoil it for you but man it was hard to read.

And as much of heart ache there is there is also some awesome and joyous things. I think the good things are that much more great because of all the stuff we have to go through to get us there. Chess and Terrible both have their issues and their road is not an easy one but when they do it get together its like the best thing ever.

This is going down as one of my most favorite series ever. So like I keep saying if you haven't yet, then you need to get on it!


  1. I read the first book in this series about a month ago and I quite liked it. I didn't LOVE it but this isn't a genre I read in often so I was trying to get used to that. I have the second book so I'll certainly be continuing on with the series! Great review, glad to hear it's still going good! :D

  2. Flawed is an apt adjective to describe Chess. I have to catch up!

    Talk Supe


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