Monday, March 25, 2013

City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte

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City of Dark Magic 
by Magnus Flyte
464 pages
NetGalley- Penguin Books
Adult Fantasy/Paranormal
November 2012

Book Jacket Summary
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.

My Thoughts
Sarah Weston is a graduate student in the music department and gets the chance of a life time to go to Prague and work with primary sources of Beethoven. She is thrilled but her excitement is dampened when she finds that mentor mysteriously died at the Lobkowicz Castle. She is determined to see the project through and finds herself in danger from multiple threats. There is a lot to this book and I think that might have been to its detriment. I think if it had been two books or a plot line dropped it would have been better.   
When I opened this book up I expected a fantasy or paranormal thriller that took place in Prague. I kinda got that but more on the spy end of thriller rather than paranormal. If you go in knowing that then you might enjoy it more than I did but overall it was not the kind of book I usually read. Plus there was a little too much sex for my preference. I sloughed through it and it got better at the end when Sarah faced off with the big bad but overall I was not thrilled by this book. I think I will pass on the inevitable sequel. Now if the author writes a book about Pols and her dog then I will be there in a heart beat. They were my favorite characters. However, if you are more into books that focus on spies, cloak and dagger espionage then you might enjoy City of Dark Magic.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow! That book sounds kind of wild lol

    Fromt he cover I was thinking fantasy but it seems like there is a lot going on. I don't think it's the book for me either.


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