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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (July 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345515587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345515582
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #502,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Gripping... Vivid characters, superior world-building and a wonderful sense of pace... I was enthralled." "The world-building is unexpected and complex, the characters are alive, and the protagonist Chess is a treasure." "The characters are complex and indelible, the plot is fascinating, and I can hardly wait for another book..." (all) Charlaine Harris 'I'm so excited about this book - I LOVED it! I haven't read an Urban Fantasy this good in quite a while. ' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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 that 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. Stacia Kane lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their two little girls.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book June 26 2016
By Kristy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I had a hard time with this book because the main plot was great, interesting, fast paced & just awesome but the subplot was just not for me. The main character is addicted to drugs and I completely get why, but she just consistently makes horrible decisions. I mean I feel for Terrible - he was by far my favorite character and she completely treats him like crap. So I guess I'm just torn with this book, it was great & terrible all at the same time and to be honest I'm not sure if I will read the next book, but I would recommend this to others who like this genre with a warning - lots of drug use and promiscuity.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unholy Magic July 6 2010
By Fiction Vixen Books and Beauty - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To say that I love the Downside Ghosts series is a ridiculous understatement. Two books in and I think it's safe to say I am fully addicted, complete with the sweats, itching and panic after having read the last page in Unholy Magic. I tried to read slowly, I did, but it was so-damn-good! 368 pages was not enough, I needed more. Now.

In Unholy Magic Chess is still very much addicted to drugs and still associating with both her regular drug dealer's main muscle Terrible, as well a rival drug lord Lex. She lives a dangerous, chaotic life with no clear indication that things will settle down anytime soon. A good deal of her chaos is self imposed but such is the nature of the life of a drug addict. However in Unholy Magic, things get a bit more personal. We get a glimpse into Chess's tragic background and a better understanding of they reasons she abuses drugs. Chess uses the drugs and both creates and allows chaos in her life as a way of coping--or perhaps not--with things that are just too big to handle. Chess has really grown on me as a heroine which is actually quite surprising to me since there were several times in this book where I literally wanted to wring her neck. She is a mess and makes bad decisions left and right. But on the other hand her basic moral core is solid and underneath it all she is quite vulnerable.

Chess is not the only character that has grown on me. I liked Terrible in Unholy Ghosts but I'm going to put myself out there and say I've moved on to loving him after reading Unholy Magic. We get to know a lot more about Terrible and although his reality is danger and violence, somehow after pealing back his layers and getting to look a little deeper it's easier to sympathize and understand who he is. He still had a moment or two that made me say, "Oh no he didn't!" but Terrible wouldn't be Terrible unless he actually did. (I'm still firmly supporting team Terrible)

When it comes to mystery and suspense, Stacia Kane writes with gusto. She is a master of surprises and she simply does not hold back, pushing the boundaries with every turn of the page. This book will make you shiver, shudder, cringe and wince but at the same time, you'll find yourself caring deeply for characters that are far from perfect and who's redemption seems questionable at times.

Stacia Kane has written an amazing, spine tingling novel in Unholy Magic, taking me by surprise by surpassing even the brilliance of it's predecessor Unholy Ghosts.
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could give 10 stars, I'd give it 11. June 21 2016
By Erin - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
So this was a chance book. I borrowed it from my library because I needed something and the name jumped out at me. I then read it with my mini bookclub and I have to say, I'm thoroughly surprised. It was so much better than I thought, and after the initial shock (woah hard drugs in the first chapter with no warning (I read it out of order, so sue me)) it got so good. Oh my Gods, it was so intriguing and I ended up reading it in two days because I'm a glutton and have no control. Seriously though. I'm tempted to go back and see what happened in the first book, but honestly, I'm too involved now to go back. I need to see what happens next because it left in a place that is making my fingers twitch just thinking about it. (Seriously Miss Kane, how could you do that to my poor heart. I freaking love Terrible, and I hope one day I find my own)

Don't even think about it, guys. Read this one. Seriously. It's a must have for your TBR lists. If you see it, grab it. And if you know what happens next, tell me at your own risk. I have no problem beating you over the head with a dictionary if you give me spoilers.

ok, but read this if you enjoy a new perspective on ghosts and hauntings. Also, if you like the idea of dystopian societies, post-event timelines. This book is like a paranormal romance had a baby with a sci-fi novel. Absolute beauty.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More grit, more angst, and even more unpleasantness. July 11 2010
By Kiki T. - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
UNHOLY MAGIC settled it. Downside Ghosts is officially my new favourite urban fantasy.

Prostitutes are being killed on Downside streets, and Bump, drug dealer/pimp, decides that this is Chess's responsibility as a church witch and addict. After following Terrible to the crime scenes, Chess comes to believe ghosts and sex magic are involved. Slobag, a rival drug dealer, is having similar problems, and Chess finds herself caught between two drug dealers and their top flunkies who just happen to be her love interests. Though "love" might not be the right word.

Lex and Terrible are still in the picture. Still attractive, unpleasant, and a very bad idea. They also happen to be two of my favourite leading men. Chess starts thinking about the ethics of sleeping with a man who also happens to be giving her free drugs and things with Terrible become more intense. The slightly dank romance is there, but it never crosses into the gooey land of paranormal romance.

The writing is good, the characters sympathetic without being nice, and the dialogue believable. I'd like to have seen the world more fleshed out, and more church politics in the book. I still can't decipher the drug slang (cepts, nips, oozers?) and I can't work out if I'm suppose to. But Chess, who is pretty much a walking, talking, disaster zone, makes up for any literary slips. She's a competent witch, trying really hard to be tough. But she makes one brilliant mistake after another--rattling on the bathroom floor of her church appointed subject, falling into bed with people she probably shouldn't, just so she doesn't have to spend a night home alone. Every mistake is made with the perfect levels of oblivion and self-reflection; it hits angsty notes, but never crosses into melodramatic territory.

MAJOR PRO: Totally in agreement with a previous reviewer. This series is 100% addictive and I'm currently thanking a nonfactual and untrue God for the awesome publishing deal that means I don't have to wait too long for CITY OF GHOSTS.

MAJOR CON: At the moment, the ebook is unavailable in certain areas. Like mine. Boo.
5.0 out of 5 stars better than expected July 27 2016
By ebeth - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am searching for new series to read. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there are many of these, but a lot of series start to crap out after about 6 books. I wasn't too hopeful on this book because the author had a lot of books published within a year. There is something constantly going on so it really pushes you to keep reading. It seems near impossible to find a "dark" book that doesn't involve sex. This one ended up with a page and a half of sex. I could have lived without it, but it didn't go into every little detail. I chose to try this book because I saw someone complaining how it was anti religious and was intrigued. For anyone who is upset this book is anti religion...look at the title..come on. And if the title isn't obvious enough, the very first line in the book should tell you this book isn't for you.