Review: City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane ★★★★★

City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Book three in the Chess Putnam series
Publication Date: July 2010
ISBN: 978-0345515599
Page Count: 416
My Rating: ★★★★★

Summary

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.

REVIEW

Wow. Just, wow. I want to read it again! In fact, I think I may just have to go back a revisit a couple of select passages before I can move onto another book as they are whirling around in my head, so if I re-read them, it might make them stop!

As you'll recall from book two, Terrible found Chess and Lex in the graveyard in an extremely compromising position. His initial reaction was overshadowed by the events towards the end of the last book. Now that things have settled with the ghosts, the full extent of Terrible's anger and bitterness becomes evident. And boy, is he mad! It's horrible to read through (in a good way). I don't know why I was as surprised by it as I was. I mean, I've known right from the start that Terrible, as a drug dealer's Enforcer, has the ability to be both cold and ruthless when dealing with non-payers for Bump, but never would I have expected the extent of the callous bitterness he showed towards Chess in this book. He's always been so good to her! Sure, I understand his anger, and feel he is entitled to it to an extent, but...ouch! That boy can be mean when he's hurting!

Chess' character is such a hot mess, and I don't like a lot of the decisions she's made up until this point, but she really didn't mean to hurt Terrible - it wasn't done maliciously - so you can't really feel as angry towards her as he does. She's trying to deal with the ghost situation as best she can, whilst being forced to be in Terrible's company once again. I felt very proud of her ability to remain calm and collect in the face of Terrible's volatile countenance, and in reaction to his caustic comments...until. Yeah, until. That scene is the one I want to read again!

I recommend these books on audio for two reasons: one, the lady that does them is excellent and did a fantastic job; and two, trying to actually read the "Downside speak" yourself, will likely make your eyes fall out. Probably. It could happen. Okay, not really, but it's certainly easier to have it read to you, that's for sure. I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing it this way this time.

The next book in this fabulous, original series is Sacrificial Magic, out 27th March 2012. Can't. Flipping. Wait!

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