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City of Dark Magic: A Novel | [Magnus Flyte]

City of Dark Magic: A Novel

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 06-16-14
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Weird but good."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 03-22-14
    Jennifer 03-22-14 Member Since 2014

    brown wrapper

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    "Great hopes unfulfilled"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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


    What was most disappointing about Magnus Flyte’s story?

    There was no magic


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different, more intelligent sounding, better actress for a narrator


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment over wasting my credits on this book


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like my credits back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jean 12-08-13
    Jean 12-08-13

    Always looking for twists in a story that surprise me!!!!

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    "Change Title to 50 Shades of Dark Magic & Sex"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Mercer Oviedo, FL United States 02-14-13
    Michele Mercer Oviedo, FL United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Yummy Yummy give me more!!!!!!!"
    If you could sum up City of Dark Magic in three words, what would they be?

    mystical, historical, consuming


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Dark Magic?

    The well presented time twinings


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Beethoven saw


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The aha moment of the dwarf's true identity


    Any additional comments?

    Would love more from these talented ladies!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alisha 02-11-13
    Alisha 02-11-13
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    "Magic!"
    What did you love best about City of Dark Magic?

    The story, the characters, the lust, the mystery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Dark Magic?

    The secret tunnels!


    Have you listened to any of Natalie Gold’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wanted more!


    Any additional comments?

    Great read. Suspense, lust, mystery. Beautifully written!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sinnerarity Smithville, TX, United States 02-10-13
    sinnerarity Smithville, TX, United States 02-10-13

    sinnerarity

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    "Thrills, Art, Magic, Beethoven, Romance and Prague"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Boynton Beach, Fl, United States 06-12-13
    Patricia Boynton Beach, Fl, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Keeping Informed

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    "Ok But...."
    Would you try another book from Magnus Flyte and/or Natalie Gold?

    No I wouldn't.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Have less history facts. The book is for history buffs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Just too tedious to listen to but I am determined to finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Line Løfquist Denmark 01-30-13
    Line Løfquist Denmark 01-30-13

    lillenine

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    "Very nice book, and good story! I want more!"
    Where does City of Dark Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Dark Magic?

    When the book ended, I was sad, I want more!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I had some problems with the app shutting down when i wanted to go back because i missed something, that was very annoying!


    Any additional comments?

    HEAR IT!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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