Sacrificial Magic, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Enter a world of danger, ghosts and magic in the fourth book of the fantastic Downside Ghosts series.If you liked the compelling characters in 50 Shades of Grey, you'll love the Downside Ghosts series.Ghosts; ghouls; things that go bump in the night.

Chess has seen them all in her role as a witch and ghost hunter.Right now life is going surprisingly well for Chess Putnam.

Her bank balance is healthy, she's pretty sure she can call Terrible her "boyfriend", and the last few months have been devoid of anyone trying to kill her.So when Chess 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 is unsurprised; she knew the recent calm wouldn't last.

As if that wasn't bad enough, Chess' ex lover Lex, son of a rival crime lord, is trying to re-ignite the sparks between them.Plus there's the little matter of Chess' 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • ISBN: 9780007433117

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Chess is still a lot messed up in the head. She's still doing drugs, trying desperately to work out what her relationship to Terrible and Lex are; and where they're going. Trying to deal with her past and trying to cope with her present and what's going on with everything.She's investigating a disturbance at a school in the heart of Downside and concurrently investigate a grizzly sacrifical murder. Chess is going to have to make a sacrifice herself to solve this one and it's going to be hard.I'm hoping Chess is going to face up to her issues and problems some time soon because she's popping too many pills and trying to ignore reality a little too much for her own health and the health of others around her. There are conseqences to her actions in previous books and a massive fight with Terrible is handled well. I don't life Chess all that much and reckon she'd be a terrible person to hang around, you would never be the centre of her attention, maybe Terrible and love will force her to look outside herself and come off the bloody drugs!It's interesting and I care for Chess but I would like to see some sort of growth in her, her self-destruction is starting to wear.

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