THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.
The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased.
Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls.
Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.
I really didn’t know what to expect when I opened Unholy Ghosts. I’ve read stories of witches and ghost hunters before but I’ve never met a witch that was deeply in debt because she had an addiction.
Chess was smart. She knew what she’s capable of but probably because of her addiction/ carelessness, she could sometimes be sloppy at her task and put herself in mortal danger. I wouldn’t say she was unlikeable. Chess gave off a vibe of vulnerability that made me want to hug her and while we didn’t exactly know why or what pushed her to seek comfort in using drugs, she didn’t come across as a weak, hopeless wreck. I actually found it quite refreshing to see a protagonist that was so damaged and flawed. At the same time, I was in awe of her fierceness and when she ‘kicked up’ a storm with her magic, she wasn’t just majestically powerful, she was indisputably dauntless and irrevocably unstoppable.
There were a bunch of characters introduced in this story. Bump the drug lord was manipulative and cunning. His enforcer, Terrible, was a man who not only knew how to follow orders but to carry them out with vigor. Terrible wasn’t a handsome man but I personally found him quite appealing. I liked that he constantly put himself in danger before Chess and when he found people mistreating kids, he made sure that the abusers got punished. I just hope I’d see more of him in subsequent books in the series.
The ghosts in this story were hostile and malicious. It’s interesting to see what Chess had to come up with in order to banish them. It’s definitely a risky business to wrestle with ghosts and this made me wonder why Chess would pick such a dangerous job in the first place.
I must say I’m intrigued by what I’ve read so far. If you’ve read the series, could you let me know if you’ve enjoyed the rest of the series? I’m thinking of picking up more books and I’d appreciate your thoughts. Thanks a lot!