I’m not going to lie. This isn’t the easiest book to read. In fact, at first I had a hard time getting through the first half of the book, not because it wasn’t good. Stacia Kane has a way with words that’s different from the typical. In addition, there’s the whole downside lingo that’s definitely a language on its own. I’ve found myself reading several passages over again just to understand what was being said. But once you finally grasp Ms. Kane’s writing and the magical world she created, you’re instantly hooked.
As for the characters, they’re completely flawed with makes them absolutely perfect. Chess, the heroine, is a witch for the church and also a complete junkie. Yet, despite that, there’s just something about her that draws you in. I can’t exactly pinpoint what it is, but I like her.
Oh, and let’s not forget the big bad scary Terrible. He’s basically unattractively described as a scarred up Elvis look-alike gangster yet, as horrible and frightening as they make him appear, he’s a complete gentleman when it comes to Chess. Terrible grows on you and you find yourself rooting for him. Isn’t that something? I can’t help but hope for some type of spark to occur between these two.
I look forward to continuing this series.