Thursday, March 15, 2012

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane

City of Ghosts: Chess Putnam Series, Book 3 | [Stacia Kane]City of Ghosts
by Stacia Kane 
Narrated by Bahni Turpin
(Downside Ghosts #3)
Urban Fantasy


BRAVO!!! Kane has done it again. Each book replaces the last as my favorite in the series.

Kane’s cast of misfits is back in City of Ghosts. Chess is still working for the Church as a debunker and yes she still has her drug addiction. Terrible is still the best anti-hero EVER! We even get to see some of Lex and Bump in this installment.

“Most Debunkers spent their money on actual things, rather than just buying anything they could swallow, smoke or snort. Unlike Chess.”

Just when I thought that Unholy Magic was an emotional ride, here comes City of Ghosts to continue ripping my heart out. I feel like I’m on Chess’ pills with all the highs and lows that the two go through.

After the events in Unholy Magic, Terrible wants nothing to do with Chess and she is miserable without him. And I was miserable wondering when he would show up in the book. Once he did my heart was pounding just as much as Chess’.

“She knew what she saw, and that was all that mattered. Knew what was behind those hard dark eyes, and wanted it more than anything.”

I love when an author creates characters that make me feel the way they feel. My heart was breaking for Terrible and Chess. I was crying when she was crying; I was pissed when he was pissed. I’m so totally involved in these characters and their world that I go into withdrawals waiting for the next book.

“You let people into your life and you ended up getting hurt. Or hurting them. Either way, the road to pain was paved with other people, and she wanted no part of it anymore”

I have never had such a love/hate relationship with the heroine of a series as much as I do with Chess. Terrible and Chess are my addiction and Stacia Kane is quickly rising to the top of my Urban Fantasy list as my favorite author in the genre.

Again if you are a fan of dark and gritty Urban Fantasy you MUST read this series. I cannot wait for Sacrificial Magic to be released on audio so I can devour it and then wait impatiently for Chasing Magic.

City of Ghosts is available at:

I bought my audio copy from

The Voice of Chess Putnman:

Bahni Turpin

is an ensemble member of Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series including NYPD Blue, Law and Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What About Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of The Dust. Ms. Turpin received the AudioFile Earphones Award for her unforgettable narration of Precious by Sapphire. She's also a memeber of the cast recording of The Help, which won numerous awards.


  1. Woohoo! excellent review! I couldn't have said it better myself, I'm too, totally invested, and you're right, Kudos to Stacia Kane!.
    The narrator is fantastic!!

  2. I have not read any Stacia Kane books yet. But I must get to them fast. Great Review!

  3. Great review! Every time I see quotes from these books, I want to go back and read the whole series again!


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