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City of Dark Magic (edition 2013)

by Magnus Flyte

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Member:Stewartry
Title:City of Dark Magic
Authors:Magnus Flyte
Info:Thorndike Press (2013), Hardcover, 623 pages
Collections:Read, Your library
Rating:**1/2
Tags:Netgalley, Kindle, fantasy, music, Beethoven, Prague, spies, WWII

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City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte

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    4leschats: Both books deal with the collision of ancient and modern mysteries with similarities in quirky characters, novice journeys, and magical elements.
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Preposterous, silly, enjoyable high-brow historical magical mystery farce.

Not a fantasy: not serious enough. Not a mystery: not convincing enough. Not magical realism: too un-profound. More like a long fable told by a super-intelligent, really drunk raconteur.

Check your disbelief at the gate, buckle in, and enjoy. ( )
  JackMassa | Nov 23, 2016 |
Sarah, a Ph.D. student in music and teacher to a blind girl named Pollina, gets a mysterious note giving her the chance of a lifetime: come to Prague, and catalog a family's holdings related to Beethoven. Soon after she gets this note, she learns that her mentor died while in that same place, apparently suicide. Now she can't say no, and Sarah soon finds herself embroiled in intrigue and mystery.

First of all, if you think you want to read the book don't read the publisher summary that was in my library catalog - it gives waaaay too much away. Secondly, if you enjoy adventures and thrillers a la Dan Brown that add a twist of music and history and alchemy, this is a fast-paced over-the-top story with all of those elements. Personally, it didn't work for me. Part of the trouble, I admit, is that I'd just come from reading some books where the writing itself was paramount, poetic - and this is serviceable, a lot of dialog, moves the action along, which I turned out not to be in the mood for. I never really got to know the characters or care about their motivations, and Sarah's attitude towards sex (you know what, I'm horny, I'm just gonna screw the next guy who makes a pass at me in the bathroom...) really grated on me. The intricate plot is what kept me reading, to see how all the pieces fit together, and ultimately I was disappointed because the mystery that was introduced wasn't actually resolved, but hopefully will be in the sequel. ( )
1 vote bell7 | Nov 18, 2016 |
I didn't expect to like this book even though the synopsis intrigued me enough to open it. I mean the phrases time-warping, tantric sex and Prague is a threshold were enough to convince me. Add Beethoven, spies, a music scholar who only wanted to work with her mentor, drugs, history, murders and mysteries and City of Dark Magic ended up as a book I would count as an amazing surprise. I would definitely read the sequel.
  Ayanami_Faerudo | Jul 16, 2016 |
Disorientated by an authorial voice that is distinctly female. So who is Mr Magnus Flyte? Two women, it turns out. So this chick-lit impression was not unreasonable. But it's quite good chick-lit. A bit silly sometimes, often suspend-judgement-here, but really quite an entertaining adventure. Lara Croft meets Beethoven. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Jul 12, 2016 |
Book Description
Release Date: November 27, 2012

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 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.

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I enjoyed this book very much. It is very fast-paced and crosses over just about every genre. It’s a mystery, a thriller; it has science and history and music. Romance. Comedy. Time-travel. Don't miss out on this one - I think you will enjoy the ride! ( )
  EadieB | Jun 1, 2016 |
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Prince! what you are, you are by circumstance and by birth. What I am, I am through myself. Of Princes there have and will be thousands - of Beethovens there is only one.
Ludwig Van Beethoven
in a letter to Prince Lichnowsky, 1806
It is enough for the touist to enter the twilit little streets of ancient Prague in the evening, and the same mood will breathe on him as has been felt for centuries by those who tell of the ghosts in Prague houses. It will not seem impossible to him, as he walks the winding alleys, that some of the strange inhabitants with which fantasy has peopled Prague should emerge from the flickering shadows before him.
Jan Vanis,
A Guide to Mysterious Prague
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Prologue: The Save Venice fund-raiser began as these things do, with Bellinis, with tiny toast points topped with squid pate, and with swaying musicians playing the greatest hits of Italian opera beneath a fresco by Tiepolo.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143122681, Paperback)

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 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.

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A music student working in Prague cataloging Beethoven's manuscripts discovers clues that her deceased mentor may not have committed suicide and becomes involved with a time-travel drug, a 400-year-old dwarf, a handsome Prince and a powerful U.S. senator.… (more)

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