This review has been previously posted here as apart of my guest appearance.
Unholy Ghosts definitely holds its own in the Urban Fantasy world with its grittiness. Personally, I enjoyed the power Stacia Kane has given to the ghosts. They are not your normal run of the mill ghosts whispering "wOooOoO" in your left ear. Nope, they can wield weapons and kill. Stacia's ghosts can clear a room easily.
If Mystery and Magic were to be made into a cocktail for readers the result would be Unholy Ghosts. The plot is fluid. I read this novel with ease. Although, I am not much a fan of the heroine, Chess. I suspect that as I continue the series I will be. Chess is normally the kind of character I love- she has a complicated and painful backdrop but she indulges in drugs and cigarettes which are things I have a very difficult time dealing with in the character I want to get lost in. I do suspect that she will be a heroine I will love in the next installments- she certainly has room to grow and that appeals to me as a reader.
Life is quite different in Unholy Ghosts. Chronology of time is now seen as Before Truth and After Truth in place of AD and BC. The big event that occurred in 1997 killed many unsuspecting people and from them on is known as After Truth. Churches and religions of varied faiths are non existent. What remains is abandoned structures and The Church of Truth-who believe that facts are truth. The Church of Truth is the big dog and runs the show. Ghosts have proven to be lethal and the Church has proven a reformer. despite having The church of Truth at the head of things, the streets are infested with all kinds of hardships. Taking all the above and more create a great setting for an Urban Fantasy.
The secondary characters have their own grit and contribute an extra edge to this UF novel. Terrible and Lex both attract Chess but between the two Terrible stole the show. When Terrible first entered the scene he was given an ugly profile but as the novel carried on I (and Chess) was impressed by him. Terrible is an enforcer and feared by many but he quickly shows there is more to him. Personally, I am smitten with his character and I look forward to having his presence in the next installment. It's not every day that I read of a love interest that not quick to wet the panties. LOL- Yes, I just said that but it's true. Most male leads are to hot for their own damn good but Terrible is clearly the unlikely double take. Moving on, I am not sure how much Terrible will play a role in the series but I can hope, can't I?
Unholy Ghosts will certainly entertain those who love darker Urban Fantasy. Many of the scenes Chess works her magic I found gross and brilliant, simultaneously. Stacia's writing is brilliant and the scenarios are written with distinct clarity.
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Unholy Magic (Downside Ghosts, #2)
June 22nd 2010
ENEMIES DON’T NEED TO BE ALIVE TO BE DEADLY.
For Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. As an agent of the Church of Real Truth, Chess must expose those looking to profit from the world’s unpleasant little poltergeist problem—humans filing false claims of hauntings—all while staving off any undead who really are looking for a kill. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.
Someone’s taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure the rumors that it’s the work of a ghost are way off base. But proving herself right means walking in the path of a maniac, not to mention standing between the two men in her life just as they—along with their ruthless employers—are moving closer to a catastrophic showdown. Someone is dealing in murder, sex, and the supernatural, and once again Chess finds herself right in the crossfire.
August 5th 2010
The third book in this gritty, sexy, urban fantasy trilogy. Rogue spirits and psychopomps are terrorising people, and now someone is planning to open the gates to the City of Ghosts and unleash the dead on humanity. Faced with her greatest challenge yet, Chess has to travel to the spirit city to finally lay all her ghosts to rest!
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