- Publisher: Penguin USA
- Format: Paperback | 448 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 208mm x 28mm | 358g
- Publication date: 27 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0143122681
- ISBN 13: 9780143122685
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations, maps
- Sales rank: 176,679
Cosmically fast-paced, wildly imaginative, and with "City of Lost Dreams"--thebewitching sequel--on shelves now, "City of Dark Magic "is the perfect potion of magic and suspense Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it's whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven's manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. "Prague is a threshold, "Sarah is warned, "and it is steeped in blood." Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved," she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide. And the story continues in "City of Lost Dreams, "the mesmerizing sequel, which finds Sarah in the heart of Vienna, embroiled in a new web of mystical secrets and treacherous lies.
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Magnus Flyte is a pseudonym for the writing duo of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch. Howrey is a former dancer with the Joffrey and the winner of an Ovation Award. She is the author of the novels "The Cranes Dance" and "Blind Sight" and lives in Los Angeles. Lynch is a television writer and former Milan correspondent for "W" magazine. She lives near Sequoia National Park in California.
By TheBookHangover 24 Jul 2014
First off, the characters were not the greatest. I really wanted to like the main character Sarah, but by golly, for a supposedly smart person she was pretty damn stupid. Max felt kind of one dimensional to me and their romance fell flat. Nico was meh, made worse as he is supposedly hella old? Also, I want to mention how utterly stupid it is that the “four hundred year old dwarf” thing is right there in the synopsis. In the book it feels like it should’ve been a cool little plot twist/reveal, but we know all along so it’s like …??….? Charlotte Yates keeps getting called “the most powerful US senator” but why? What makes her so powerful? She’s not exactly a particularly good antagonist either…
For the first 3/4 of the book, I was in a state of either confusion or boredom. It wasn’t until the last quarter of the book that the plot really picked up and I was finally getting sucked in to the story. Things were happening and I got all excited. The adrenaline got pumping and things were awesome. I was quite prepared to give this book four stars, but then the ending happened… The end was less climatic and more confusing as hell. I’m still not 100% on what went down.
But I DON’T WANT YOU TO THINK THIS ENTIRE BOOK WAS TERRIBLE, because it wasn’t. I mean, MAGIC! And secret passageways, and a prince, and history, and music, and Prague, and alchemy. I wish I knew more about music and Beethoven because I feel like I would’ve enjoyed this book so much more.
There are a lot of cool and interesting things happening in this book, but then again there is also a fair bit of “ehh” and “huh?”. Kinda average.
By Erica Lisher 28 Aug 2013
Oh God was this bad. I don't mean bad as in, 'oh it wasn't the best thing out there.' No, I mean bad as in WHY did I force myself to finish it?
This book was a major disappointment. I really had to push myself to finish it and found myself skimming though pages at the end. Despite the title, it had nothing to do with magic, let alone dark magic. Instead it dealt with a young, average college girl who is sex crazed, that has the ability to 'sniff out things'...literally. She could sniff out sex partners, bombs and lies...all with her nose. Then there was a prince with as much personality as a rock. Actually come to think about it, that is an insult to rocks everywhere. There was also a blind child prodigy that, though never stated, was in a way psychic, or so that was how it came off to me. Even with that she came off as boring and bland. The baddie was about as bad as a high school brat, we all know the type, the popular one who thinks she can do as she wants and will walk all over you. OH! There was a 400 year old dwarf though, whom...though still blah, had the most personality.
"I was sold on newcomer Magnus Flyte's recent novel when I looked at the clock and realized that I'd been reading for four hours without pause. ... Rom-coms can, indeed, be smart, sexy, and self-aware." "--"Tor.com