It took me a little while to warm up to this book, well, to the main character Chess at least. Unholy Ghosts takes place slightly in the future in our world, but it is a world that had seen a mass uprising of ghosts in 1997. When the ghosts came, they killed one third of the world’s population. This even led to every religion that currently existed being effectively debunked, and a small religion that was able to get the ghosts under control and lock them in an underground city. This led to the truth, that there is an afterlife, and that magic is real.
Chess is a witch for the Church, who works as a debunker. She is sent to investigate when someone claims they are being haunted. If the claim is legitimate, the haunting victim receives $50,000 from the Church. Needless to say, there are a lot of people who try to fake a haunting, which is where the debunker comes in.
My biggest problem with Chess was that she has a serious drug habit. That whole world is just not something that I personally know about, but I was able to put aside my moral judgements and go along with the story. I did get really drawn into this alternate world that Stacia Kane has created.
Chess gets blackmailed by her drug dealer to banish some ghosts from an abandoned airport in order to get her tab, that magically ballooned from $4000 to $15,000, forgiven. This little side job for her dealer leads Chess into a labyrinth of warring street gangs, black magic, and the scariest ghost Chess has ever run across.
I really enjoyed this book and will read the others in the series. I am going to give Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane, 2 bookmarks.