City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
A Novel

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7 Critic Reviews

Even the minor characters are drawn ingeniously in this exuberant, surprising gem.
-Kirkus

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Cosmically fast-paced, wildly imaginative, and with City of Lost Dreams—the bewitching sequel—on shelves now, City of Dark Magic is the 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.

And the story continues in City of Lost Dreams, the mesmerizing sequel, which finds Sarah in the heart of Vienna, embroiled in a new web of mystical secrets and treacherous lies.
 

About Magnus Flyte

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Magnus Flyte is a pseudonym for the writing duo of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch. Howrey is a former dancer with the Joffrey and the winner of an Ovation Award. She is the author of the novels The Cranes Dance and Blind Sight and lives in Los Angeles. Lynch is a television writer and former Milan correspondent for W magazine. She lives near Sequoia National Park in California.
 
Published November 27, 2012 by Penguin Books. 464 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for City of Dark Magic
All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 16 2012

Even the minor characters are drawn ingeniously in this exuberant, surprising gem.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Oct 01 2012

Cleverly combining time travel, murder, history, and musical lore, this is a breezy, lighthearted novel.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Noah Cruickshank on Dec 17 2012

Since City Of Dark Magic throws so many balls into the air as it goes along, it’s unsurprising the book can’t catch them all when wrapping up the story.

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The Maine Edge

Good
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Nov 28 2012

“City of Dark Magic” is a genre mash-up that supersedes its assorted parts. Centuries-old conspiracies blend with local lore, power-mongering and music history into an eminently readable mélange. Here’s hoping there’s more to come from Magnus Flyte.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Nov 28 2012

Here’s hoping there’s more to come from Magnus Flyte.

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Tor

Above average
Reviewed by Emily Nordling on Nov 27 2012

Rookie author “Magnus Flyte” fails only in the manner of most writers concerned with tying every end of every thread. Their epilogue is boring, if only in comparison to the novel at large. It is, however, very much worth the journey.

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Sleeping Hedgehog

Excellent
Reviewed by Cat on Dec 10 2012

...I don’t know if it’s possible for there to be a sequel but I’m really hoping there will be one. Yes, it’s that good!

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