Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Del Rey
Number of Pages: 376
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Description: A DEADLY HIGH
Magic-wielding Churchwitch and secret addict Chess Putnam knows better than anyone just how high a price people are willing to pay for a chemical rush. But when someone with money to burn and a penchant for black magic starts tampering with Downside’s drug supply, Chess realizes that the unlucky customers are paying with their souls—and taking the innocent with them, as the magic-infused speed compels them to kill in the most gruesome ways possible.
As if the streets weren’t scary enough, the looming war between the two men in her life explodes, taking even more casualties and putting Chess squarely in the middle. Downside could become a literal ghost town if Chess doesn’t find a way to stop both the war and the dark wave of death-magic, and the only way to do that is to use both her addiction and her power to enter the spell and chase the magic all the way back to its malevolent source. Too bad that doing so will probably kill Chess—if the war doesn’t first destroy the man who’s become her reason for living.
Five books later and honestly I'm still surprised at how much I love this series. I'm usually not into dark stories or even main characters that think so low of their self worth. But there is something about Stacia Kane's writing. The way she draws you into her world, you don't want to ever leave.
I do believe that this is the first book that doesn't involve a Church case. But Chess has enough on her plate with trying to juggle a friendship with Lex and a relationship with Terrible. Which isn't really going all that well. To make matters worst, Lex wants Terrible to come work with him. In the perfect world, Terrible says yes and Chess doesn't have to feel guilty about keeping up her friendship with Lex. But this is far from a perfect world and there is nothing on earth that would make Terrible work for Lex. Lex leaves a warning for Terrible; he will have him killed.
With a hired assassin on the loose, Chess has more than enough on her plate. Someone has been putting dark magic in the drugs. Not to mention every time Terrible touches dark magic he passes out. Chess has no clue how to help him.
I think one of my favorite parts in the book is when Chess and Terrible are at Elder Griffin's wedding. His new husband asked Terrible if him and Chess will be getting married and he told him he would if that's what Chess wants! A total fan girl moment. And then after that he asks Chess to move in with him. Not to mention towards the end when Terrible told Chess that he wouldn't want to live if she wasn't alive. In regards to Chess and Terrible, this has to be my favorite book for them.
The only un amazing part of the book is that Chess and Elder Griffin's relationship changes. I do hope that it can be repaired. I loved his faith in her. I know a lot of people hate how Chess thinks of herself. I understand it. With what little background information we have received on Chess, I wouldn't expect anything less. The drugs are the only thing that has made her feel good until Terrible. And she still believes that he will run from her, because she doesn't deserve him. I do think it was a little thick this book. After the end, I'm hoping she stop thinking so low of herself. Speaking of the drugs, there's a part of me that wishes she will try to get clean. But it's part of who she is. And I absolutely love exactly who she is.