Review: Finding Magic by Stacia Kane

Monday, June 11, 2012
Series: Downside Ghost #0.5
Publication Date: June 4, 2012
Publisher: Del Ray
Reviewed By: Amber I.

When eighteen-year-old Chess Putnam is offered the chance to train with a special team of investigators known as the Black Squad, she feels torn. She’s never been a team player and hates how one male Inquisitor condescends to “the new kid.” But at her first bloody crime scene, she gets a taste for investigation—and is hooked on the high. Though the seasoned Inquisitors consider the series of ghost murders random events, Chess starts to detect a pattern. Is a psycho killer summoning ghosts from the City of Eternity and using them as murder weapons? As Chess gets closer to the dark truth, she puts herself in grave danger and risks losing everything she’s fought so hard for.

Includes a special preview of Stacia Kane’s upcoming urban fantasy thriller, Chasing Magic!

 I wasn't sure if I was really going to like this novella. I mean my most favorite character ever was not going to be a main part in it. But after I seen some talk about it, I had to give it a try and I am really glad I did. I was hooked in just like I always am when reading a Downside Ghost book.

It was pretty neat seeing a young 18 year old blonde, un-tattooed and doesn't do drugs Chess. You  get to see a more vulnerable side to her. She is really trying to be a good person but she still has her doubts she can do it. She wants to be good like the people at Church are but her past is still right there under the surface. It was sad to see how close to the surface her past was. To see her touch a sex spell and get so affected from it. To see her just trying to get those events out of her head. In the beginning just a few drinks of vodka helped chase away the pain.

She is just about to graduate Church when she goes on an assignment with The Black Squad. I think this case and the people she worked with really set her up to be the person she is now. It might have happened anyways but these people where just not nice, they where back stabbing and treated her like a child. It is also where that little temptation came in to play when the people on her team fail to take what Chess says seriously.  But Chess proved that even at a young age she is one awesome witch even with no tattoos.

We get to experience her first time in The City, her first time meeting Elder Griffin, her first glimpse of Terrible, and when she finally decides to become a debunker.

I really enjoyed seeing the young Chess. I even want to see more. Like when she does finally move to Downside, or how she got in good with Bump. Her story is always a fun ride. Stacia Kane really knows how to tell a story!! And if you are like me and just can't get enough of this series then this is definitely something to check out. But now that we did get a little taste of Chess from before maybe we can one of Terrible! :)

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  1. I just read this! It was one of those rare short stories that are actually worth buying. I love the insight to Chess's messed up head.

    1. I loved it too. I would love to see even more of her around that time. Like when she moved to Downside. Oh and of coarse maybe some story from Terrible's POV.

  2. Awesome review! Awesome blog! I've never read much less have heard of this one before. Thanks.

    ~Shane new follower
    itching for books

    1. Have you ever read any books from Downside Ghost series, because if not you are missing out. You should really check them out. :)

      And thanks for the follow.

    2. Oh and thanks for the compliments too!! :)

    3. I haven't read Downside Ghost series so i guess i am missing out lol..thanks for the recommendation. And no prob! Thanks for following my blog too! I like your header, it's really cute.

    4. you really should check them out. If you are into Urban Fantasy. I love this series. But start with book 1. I know this says book 0.5 but I think its better to read the others before this one. Just my opinion.

  3. I agree, it is refreshing but I wanted more! I prefer the messed up version, it's more entertaining

    1. yeah I wanted more to. And if she didn't become the messed up version of herself we might not have gotten to know Terrible. And that is just unthinkable.


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