SACRIFICIAL MAGIC

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In this fourth installment of the Downside Ghosts series, everyone’s favorite Debunker is back and stuck in yet another situation filled with peril, lies, cover-ups — and a great deal of “yearnings” that simply will not go away. For any reader who’s into the urban fantasy genre and doesn’t mind grammar that’s a bit unusual, this series is a true adventure from start to finish. The romance elements are strong, and the locations are unique. The only (slight) issue is learning and becoming comfortable with the language; begin with book one in order to truly enjoy the characters.

Chess Putnam is a Debunker in the city of Downside. This “witchy” woman has a power that stuns people, including her co-workers. When she sees bluish light, and her tattoos begin to tingle, Chess knows that ghostly vermin are about to unleash their fury. But it’s humans that she really should be worried about. Chess is a churchwitch and works for Elder Griffin, who is about to leave in order to climb the ladder of success. In addition, he’s found a woman he loves and is headed down the aisle. Chess is a bit upset by this, seeing as he’s the one person she could always speak to. She’s been through a great many challenges, including sleeping with the enemy’s son, Lex. But now she’s head over heels in love with Terrible, a fantastical man (in all senses of the word). Chess soon takes over an investigation at a school that requires she delve into a world that will bring her back in contact with her ex-lover. From the odd administration to a group of girls who seem to be using dark magic to summon something from the grave, Chess is knee-deep in confusion and trying to solve the mystery while keeping her relationship healthy. (DEL REY, Mar., 416 pp., $7.99)
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Amy Lignor