She does not see that she has the potential to be the best in the business because she cannot overlook the events of her past. I know its a far away place from where she is now in the series but I believe she can do it. Chess is a sweet, young, naive girl of only 18 here and has been studying and working hard at the Church. She's on the cusp of adulthood and she's scared, but she's smart enough to know it. I bet she never thought she'd be attracted to him. It's for fans who already think they know Chess, to show us just how much we didn't know. We got a few tidbits about her past and what the drinking helps her with.
I was a bit surprised she was not as self destructive as I had imagined her at that age. But there are two good things: One, I finally finished my New Project and it is in Mr. A couple of veteran members of the team attempt to belittle her and test her skills of observation. And it's a pretty fun story too, believe it or not. In the prequel novella we meet 18 year old Chess, who's just getting started in the Church of Real Truth.
That really bothers me, But other than that it's a good read, well written, with good pacing. I was hooked in just like I always am when reading a Downside Ghost book. Other series characters are introduced but only half the story is here since Chess doesn't even go Downside, which contains my favorite parts of the plots, characters and settings. It was watching Chess start with a sip or two of vodka to make it through the bad parts of her day, being privy to all of her inner turmoil. Is a psycho killer summoning ghosts from the City of Eternity and using them as murder weapons? I mean, we shouldn't, not at this point in her life, but since he is my book husband yes, we are married, back off I want any glimpse into that world to include him.
She changed it to 'How do you like Elder Griffin? This song is about a hazy one night stand. Not just of books, my overall favorite thing in life. Though the seasoned Inquisitors consider the series of ghost murders random events, Chess starts to detect a pattern. When eighteen-year-old Chess Putnam is offered the chance to train with a special team of investigators known as the Black Squad, she feels torn. More than anything, Finding Magic made me long for the chance to see Chess from someone else's point of view - to see what Elder Griffin sees, what her colleagues see, what the frauds who she meets during her working hours as a Debunker see.
I should be used to it by now, shouldn't I? But as readers of this series know, she didn't give them up for good. Now, after reading it, I'm not so sure this was the right place to start, and I had to spend a lot of time piecing together the world she lives is, rather than Chess herself. Aside from not depending on drugs to retain her sanity, a little of that which drove her to seek chemical escape is revealed a bit more. As with the rest of the series, Kane has provided excellently written, wonderful urban fantasy. That end glimpse of Terrible was brill! What I found most compelling about this novella wasn't the very interesting story of the ghost murders.
But I want Terrible's first impressions! Most of all it was being privy to all of her inner turmoil. The plot is interesting and the characters believable. I read these books like they are drugs. She is still very negative about herself and cannot see her worth, but when she gets invited to join the Black Squad for a week's training, she finally finds that she can do this, all the hard work will pay off and she finds something she is This series was one of faves, ever since reading that first chapter of Chasing Magic, so I loved going back to the very beginning to read this prequel. Of course, being as lowdown as she is, a ton of self-doubt often gets in the way.
Not just in this book, but in all her stories. It's a lot to take in. Their ways of coping with a depressing arena of life, where they are under constant threat by murderous ghosts and other human predators, may not sit well with many readers. Stacia Kane has been a phone psychic, a customer service representative, a bartender, and a movie theater usher, and she thinks that writing is more fun than all of them combined. She gave up drugs before being accepted into the Church program and it was quite different to see a less dependent side of Cesaria, aside from her love of vodka, of course. Showing how she ends up being a Debunker, why she is drawn to Downside, what drives her to her addictions - and how she is already adept at living the lie that she is a normal person.
If you like Downside, you'll like Finding Magic. We see her dealing with an alcohol addiction, and the beginning of her drug addiction, and what really drove her to it. Befor This review was originally posted at. It had a fairly good story line, some inventive world building, some ok mystery part - but Chess is just not a good protag for me. One of my issues with the first book was the super slow pace at least for the beginning and middle of the book. I should be used to it by now, shouldn't I? This is the first cover where we see her smiling! There is no humor, no courage, no self esteem in her.