Sunday, January 27, 2013

Book Review: City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flynt

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.

      City of Dark Magic could be called a rom-com paranormal suspense novel—or it could simply be called one of the most entertaining novels of the year.
Magnus Flyte is a pseudonym for the writing duo of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch. Howrey is a former dancer with the Joffrey II 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.
City of Dark Magic is a rare thing: a whimsical, magical, dark, sexy, and page-turning read that will keep you up until the wee hours of the night.
Sarah Weston finds herself invited to Prague to catalog historical Beethoven documents and lands herself smack dab in the middle of a mystery that involves an insane cast of characters including a prince, a dwarf, a Senator and several shadowy figures from the past.
The pace of City of Dark Magic is frenetic and although some of the mysteries were easily solved, some were not and kept me guessing until the end. I loved Sarah's sassy attitude and her tenaciousness in getting to the bottom of her mentor's death. The descriptions of Prague were fabulous and between this novel and the great Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, I want to go to Prague, stat!
City of Dark Magic is a little more hot tamale than I thought it would be going in, but not stretching to 50 Shades of Grey heights by any means. (Think more Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood series and less any YA novel.) If you know that going in, you will not find the sexy time offensive, but it is worth noting.
Overall, the pace was great, the descriptions of Prague were outstanding and I loved the sassy heroine and all of her well-fleshed out companions. Flyte (AKA Lynch and Howrey) have created a fun take on an international mystery and I hope the hits keep on coming!

1 comment:

  1. I rarely recommend books these days as I find many of them to be quite trivial. This one is one I will recommend to anyone who likes romance, fantasy, and intrigue. Even if you only like one of those, the book is still sure to entertain.



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