Just as dark as the previous books in the Downside Ghosts series, Chasing Magic places Chess in a non-stop race to solve a rash of brutal crimes before the entire city is torn apart. The tough-as-nails heroine barely has time to breathe as she fights deadly magic and her personal demons. The author’s use of jarring language and descriptive violence places readers solidly in the world of Downside which is as grim — and intriguing — as it sounds.
Churchwitch Chess Putnam is used to being in danger, it is her job to hunt ghosts. However, this time, the danger is coming from the mortal plane in the guise of tainted drugs. As dismembered bodies start to pile up in Downside, Chess and her lover, Terrible, investigate who — or what — is behind the murders. But their attempt to track the evil to its source is further complicated when Chess’ ex puts out a hit on Terrible. Even with all of these things working against her, Chess still proves to be her own worst enemy. Will she ever learn to stop self-sabotaging, get out of her own way and focus on her job cleaning up the filthy streets of Downside? (DEL REY, Jul., 384 pp., $7.99)
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