Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane

76%

31 Critic Reviews

Threaded throughout this story of addiction is a well plotted story of revenge, murder, magical mayhem with some relationship angst thrown in.
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Synopsis

READING, WRITING, AND RAISING THE DEAD
 
When Chess Putnam is ordered by an infamous crime boss—who also happens to be her drug dealer—to use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she knows she must rise to the challenge. Adding to the intensity: Chess’s boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the sparks between him and Chess.

Plus there’s the little matter of Chess’s real job as a ghost hunter for the Church of Real Truth, investigating reports of a haunting at a school in the heart of Downside. Someone seems to be taking a crash course in summoning the dead—and if Chess doesn’t watch her back, she may soon be joining their ranks. 

As Chess is drawn into a shadowy world of twisted secrets and dark violence, it soon becomes clear that she’s not going to emerge from its depths without making the ultimate sacrifice.


From the Paperback edition.
 

About Stacia Kane

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Stacia Kane is the author of the gritty dystopian urban fantasy “Downside” series starring Chess Putnam and featuring ghosts, human sacrifice, drugs, witchcraft, punk rock, and a badass ’69 Chevelle. She bleaches her hair and wears a lot of black.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Del Rey. 418 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Sacrificial Magic
All: 31 | Positive: 28 | Negative: 3

Fiction Vixen

Good
Reviewed by FV Samantha on Mar 27 2012

This book was a rollercoaster. But when is life with Chess not? This series continues to be a must read for me. Terrible continues to rock my world.

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Smexy Books

Good
Reviewed by Tori on Mar 27 2012

Sacrificial Magic is a force to be reckoned with and only enforces my belief that the Downside series is one of the top urban fantasy series out there to date.

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Heroes and Heartbreakers

Good
Reviewed by Chelsea Mueller on Mar 27 2012

It’s an epic emotional journey with all the darkness you’ve come to expect from Downside.

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My Bookish Ways

Good
Reviewed by Kristin on Mar 19 2012

The author’s trademark tight plotting and prose are on full display here, and the killer in this one will give you chills (the ghost too *shudder*).

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Vampire Book Club

Good
Reviewed by Chelsea on Mar 19 2012

Clever plot twists, character surprises and brutally honest writing make Sacrificial Magic a must read.

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Yummy Men Kick Ass Chicks

Good
Reviewed by Julie on Apr 06 2012

Fans of the genre can’t miss this series and fans of the series will be very pleased with this book.

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Maryse's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Maryse on Apr 02 2012

Her past, and her very tentative future is what keeps me coming back.

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Drey's Library

Above average
Reviewed by Drey on May 03 2012

...my reasonable side really wants you clean, because I’d cry if anything happened to you. You’re one of the more complex UF heroines out there, totally flawed and yet completely endearing.

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The Readventurer

Good
Reviewed by Catie on Jun 14 2012

Stacia Kane always surprises me with the things that she gets me rooting for.

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The Readventurer

Good
Reviewed by Catie on Feb 28 2012

If you are a fan of this series, this one is not to be missed. It’s the best yet, in my opinion. If you haven’t read these and you love urban fantasy, I suggest that you get the first one right away.

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Awesome Sauce Book Club

Good
Reviewed by Amber on May 21 2012

This is going down as one of my most favorite series ever. So like I keep saying if you haven't yet, then you need to get on it!

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Paperback Dolls

Good
Reviewed by Suz on Mar 22 2012

She beautifully embodies the dichotomy of fragility and strength that is woman.

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Scooper Speaks

Good
Reviewed by Scooper on May 12 2012

Sacrificial Magic is hands down my favorite book in Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghost series. It hits so many emotional buttons while managing to keep the action flowing that I couldn’t put it down.

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Chronicles of a Book Evangelist

Good
on Apr 03 2012

I...think this is Kane's best mystery yet. For the first time, she left me guessing about things right up to the end, and I loved it. This haunting felt a lot scarier, and like there was a lot more at stake.

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Book Savvy Babe

Good
Mar 21 2012

Downside Ghosts is a must-read series and Sacrificial Magic has a place on my favorites shelf. Urban Fantasy readers, the Downside Ghosts series is a “must-read” series.

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Romanceaholic

Excellent
on Mar 27 2012

... the ending was absolutely amazing and the setup for the next story has me frothing at the mouth at the thought of having to wait until June to read it, which more than made up for any irritation I might have had with Chess.

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Mystifying Paranormal Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Mariza on Mar 19 2012

I was pleasantly surprised to love SACRIFICIAL MAGIC as much as I did, especially since I have not been madly in love with this series since the beginning like many other fans of the series.

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Little Read Riding Hood

Good
Reviewed by Laura on Mar 28 2012

But that’s ultimately what makes this series wonderful. The good, the bad, and the Terrible.

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My Keeper Shelf

Good
Mar 26 2012

I know it's a real book reviewing cliche to say Sacrificial Magic is a roller coaster ride of a book but for me it really really was. I loved every minute, every page of it.

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Urban Fantasy Investigations

Good
Reviewed by Stacy on Mar 21 2012

The ending of SACRIFICIAL MAGIC promises that there will be way more to come in the series.

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Fiendishly Bookish

Good
Mar 27 2012

Sacrificial Magic is a turning point for Chess, and another reminder that things do not stay static and that the changes will force her to step up to the plate or hide.

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Stellar Four

Good
Reviewed by Sara N. on Mar 23 2012

Readers of Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series, let me reassure you: The things you love about the series abound in Kane's fourth novel, Sacrificial Magic.

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A Great Read

Below average
Reviewed by Jessica on Mar 19 2012

As I said, I struggle with this series, but I like the author's work.

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Urban Fantasy Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Lynsey Taytor on Mar 12 2012

For anyone that hasn't picked up this amazing series yet, or perhaps you've seen it floating around on peoples' shelves but have been put off by the fact that the MC is an addict, I have to implore you to reconsider.

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So I Read This Book

Good
Reviewed by k reads on May 29 2012

Individually, the books are real good but the depth of the world building, the action-based plots and the layered characterization are great. To truly appreciate it, you need to read the whole series.

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Musings of a Bookworm

Good
Reviewed by Kerry on May 06 2012

OMG I love this series and this was the best one yet!!!

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Rabid Reader

Good
Reviewed by Matdel on Apr 24 2012

Threaded throughout this story of addiction is a well plotted story of revenge, murder, magical mayhem with some relationship angst thrown in.

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Reading by the Fire

Below average
Reviewed by Lady Jaye on Apr 06 2012

I like Chess and I am glad she is beginning to envision a new life for herself, a better life. However I feel a lot of the epiphanies she came to are long overdue, especially given her life's trajectory.

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The Hungry Bibliophile

Good
Reviewed by Sheryl on Mar 29 2012

I highly recommend this urban fantasy series. Start with book one and follow Chess as she stumbles her way through one deadly encounter after the other.

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Paranormal Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Kelly on Mar 27 2012

The shadowy alleys, the broken buildings, the heartache and pain that lives in the streets... Stacia Kane knocked me over and beat me down and I loved every second of it.

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The Book Nympho

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Mar 21 2012

Sacrificial Magic is a must read and is my current favorite book for this year and I say with total confidence that the only book that will probably top it will be the next book in the Downside series, Chasing Magic.

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