Cosmically fast-paced and wildly imaginative, this debut novel is a 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 400-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.
©2012 Magnus Flyte (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks
more like 3 1/2. This was weirdly interesting. Kind of all over the place but in the end it worked well enough that I'll read the next one. I'm not sure I was in love with the narrator enough to listen to another, I'll have to think about it, but I will read it. I think what I liked most were the characters. The plot was odd but as I say interesting.
Definitely a better narrator, secondly, maybe I'm a prude but the story became more about a horny unprofessional woman than anything else. Not impressed
There was no magic
A different, more intelligent sounding, better actress for a narrator
Disappointment over wasting my credits on this book
I'd like my credits back
Always looking for twists in a story that surprise me!!!!
Enjoyed the book because the narrator added an extra star to the overall rating. The story has great potential but bogs down with efforts to bring in serious science. The sex scenes were really out of place. Felt like I was reading 50 Shades of Dark Magic instead of this book. However, liked it enough that I will give Book 2 a go.
mystical, historical, consuming
The well presented time twinings
When Beethoven saw
The aha moment of the dwarf's true identity
Would love more from these talented ladies!!!!
The story, the characters, the lust, the mystery.
The secret tunnels!
I wanted more!
Great read. Suspense, lust, mystery. Beautifully written!
This is one of the best books I've 'read' in years. I bought it out of interest in the city of Prague, land of my ancestors... and also the art angle sounded interesting. Little did I know I was in for a Ride. One interesting twist after another, great characters, wonderful discussions of long lost art/music/pick something precious, it's probably in this book. Then throw in Cold War CIA operatives, and really, why wasn't this book longer?
And... Who is Magnus Flyte? I've been trying to find another book by the author, and wow, another mystery! Magnus, if you are out there, reading this, please write another books soon. You are my new favorite author, and I already miss the characters in this book.
My advice, buy this book. You will be entranced, entertained and engaged.
No I wouldn't.
Have less history facts. The book is for history buffs.
Just too tedious to listen to but I am determined to finish it.
Very good, it had I nice story, and I was hooked from the beginning. The voice is soothing to listen to, but you dont fall asleep and you can hear it in the traffic without turning the volume to high.
When the book ended, I was sad, I want more!
I had some problems with the app shutting down when i wanted to go back because i missed something, that was very annoying!
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