Guest Review from Danielle James – Sacrificial Magic
Guest Review from Danielle James – Sacrificial Magic – a suspenseful paranormal romance story that will have you coming back for more.
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
Let me give you the tells: Stacia Kane writes a story you won’t soon forget. I don’t know what it is about Downside that pulls me right into it, but there is something magical about those streets. The characters aren’t good people. Chess is a drug addict and works for the Church of Real Truth as a debunker-someone who tries to disprove a haunting. Her love interest Terrible works for drug dealer and isn’t someone you would want to meet in a dark alley. Lex, the other love interest for Chess is equally as bad. His father is the drug dealer on the other side of town, but despite that he is just as likable as Terrible is. I don’t know what is about these characters that have made them worm their way into my heart the way they have, but they have become members of my book family.
The mystery in this book is one that kept me guessing until the very end. For the life of me, I could not figure out who was behind everything even when it was staring me in the face. I love it when there are so many curveballs thrown in my direction that I don’t figure out what is happening until the character does, and them am caught completely off guard. This book is dark, gritty and what makes this series is great is that there isn’t one light and fluffy character in it. Everyone has their own issues to deal with, and they intertwine with the mystery being told. There is a lot of magic in this book, and I enjoyed watching Chess struggling with what was going on in her private life and how she attempted to desperate it from her work, but was unable to a lot of the time. In this book we get to know a little more about Chess’s background and what made her the way she is and I liked how we got to see a little bit more of the Church personnel involved in the story line.
Sacrificial Magic can be read as a stand alone, but I don’t recommend it. This series is one you want to take a chance on to go outside of your comfort zone. You won’t be disappointed.
Danielle James – blogger, Tweeter & a really sweet gal
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About Stacia Kane:
Stacia Kane has been a phone psychic, a customer service representative, a bartender, and a movie theater usher, and she thinks that writing is more fun than all of them combined. She wears a lot of black, still makes great cocktails, likes to play music loud in the car, and thinks Die Hard is one of the greatest movies ever made. She believes in dragons and the divine right of kings, and is a fervent Ricardian. She lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their two little girls.
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