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  • City of Dark Magic

  • A Novel
  • By: Magnus Flyte
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gold
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So promising and yet...

  • By Tyler on 01-19-13

Everything but the kitchen sink.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Perhaps a person who like really "quirky" books.

Has City of Dark Magic turned you off from other books in this genre?

Does this book have a genre? It was like 4 different books combined into one book. Almost like it was written by multiple authors. It was so....busy.There is a fairly weak version of the classic "search for a lost historical object" narrative at the center of this book. The subplots will make your head spin: a cold war spy story, a snarky immortal story, an American abroad story,"whodunnit," alchemy, time travel, and hell portal--just to name a few.

Would you be willing to try another one of Natalie Gold’s performances?

I usually shake my head at reviewers who complain about the performance. Some actors are definitely better than others, but I never believed that a poor performance could actually make a book less enjoyable. Until now. This performer often sounded like a computer generated voice--a robot. In addition, her accents were often so poor that I laughed out loud.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book was audacious. I saw it through to the end because I just wanted to see what else the author was going to throw at me. In addition, it did all come together at the end--the author accounted for every piece.

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