Chasing Magic (Downside #5) by Stacia Kane
June 26, 2012
Favorite Quote: “It was goodbye, just in case. It was a memory being made, words going unsaid.“
Magic-wielding Churchwitch and secret addict Chess Putnam knows better than anyone just how high a price people are willing to pay for a chemical rush. But when someone with money to burn and a penchant for black magic starts tampering with Downside’s drug supply, Chess realizes that the unlucky customers are paying with their souls—and taking the innocent with them, as the magic-infused speed compels them to kill in the most gruesome ways possible.
As if the streets weren’t scary enough, the looming war between the two men in her life explodes, taking even more casualties and putting Chess squarely in the middle. Downside could become a literal ghost town if Chess doesn’t find a way to stop both the war and the dark wave of death-magic, and the only way to do that is to use both her addiction and her power to enter the spell and chase the magic all the way back to its malevolent source. Too bad that doing so will probably kill Chess—if the war doesn’t first destroy the man who’s become her reason for living.(Goodreads)
There are some tiny spoilers in here from previous books so if you haven’t read them-you have been warned. Every action requires payment; a valuable lesson that Chess is forced to learn in the fifth installment of Stacia Kane’s dark and addictive urban fantasy series, The Downside. Continuing to be heavily character dominated, we are firmly entrenched into the lives of church witch and addict Chess Putnam, her drug enforcer lover, Terrible, and rival enforcer turned drug lord, Lex. Not long has passed since Sacrificial Magic so Chess is still recovering from her experience and worrying over the ramifications of Lex taking over his father’s drug empire. With Lex becoming more powerful, it places Terrible directly into his crosshairs. Terrible will have to make a choice, and the wrong one could place him six feet under.
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