Downside Ghosts (3) - City of Ghosts
by Stacia Kane
Harper Voyager Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780007352845
Date: 05 August 2010 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Voyager are celebrating fifteen years as an imprint, in which time we have seen the relentless and unstoppable rise of Urban Fantasy from a niche genre to a field that now has its own bays in bookstores. Though Voyager has consistently brought us the very best in the more traditional fantasy fields - Tolkein, Hobb, Feist, GRRM, Peter V. Brett, they have not yet found a big hitter to rival the Laurel K' Hamiltons and Charlaine Harris's of the publishing world - perhaps Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series will be the Voyager UF break out books in this market? (Note that Charlaine H gives this one a fabulous cover quote!).
Book three in the sequence City Of Ghosts is now published in paperback. "Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess's bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case. Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city's most notorious crime boss—and Chess's drug dealer—gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn't bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he's not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity. Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic—all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead. "