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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5 out of 5 stars
By Leona on 07-04-13

Not what I expected, it was better.

There are certainly areas of Prague that inspire thoughts of magic. It seems as if the many spires and churches don't only jostle for space with modern glass structures but with time itself and the authors of this book manage to use all the intriguing aspects of Prague's architecture and it's colourful history as a back drop for a great novel.



The Beethoven obsessed protagonist Charlotte has a lot of character, she doesn't seem particularity appreciative of her surrounding, expect perhaps the 'sexy stabber' statue at the gate, but she's sassy and likeable.



The book doesn’t contain the sort of 'magic' some readers might expect, but alchemy, time travel, intrigue, secret tunnels could never disappoint so if you enjoy a good mystery with twist then this book is well worth a listen.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Tyler on 19-01-13

So promising and yet...

Would you try another book from Magnus Flyte and/or Natalie Gold?

No.

What do you think your next listen will be?

1632

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator used poor at best, and offensive at worst, accents. Several of her pronuciations were very distracting, especially "muzam" for museum.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from City of Dark Magic?

The gratuitous sex scenes were completely out of place and only distracted from the narrative.

Any additional comments?

The premise was so promising that the poor execution was even more disappointing. The main character is a strange amalgamation of serious academic and 'party-girl' undergraduate with extremely questionable judgement.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Torsten Will on 05-11-13

Not fantasy

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The sprinked-in sex is not at all neccessary, nor does it add to the story. It makes the characters more flat.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The relations to actual history, especially music, is novel and believable. The description of prague is great and makes one feel really there. The romance is boring, the bad-guy in the story too simple.

What does Natalie Gold bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The characters are good and distinguishable, I really like the accents she manages to speak with.

Could you see City of Dark Magic being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Well, Tom Hanks, if he were a woman -- it is sort of Da Vinci Codish...

Any additional comments?

The good guys are well drawn and get a character. The bad guys are a bit in contrast to that, more flat and a bit obvious. The story itself is build quite straight, too. The author lays out secrets in the beginning of the book and resolved them one by one in the end, more or less believable. Quite a straight story with few surprises.

From the title I somehow expected a bit more fantasy-style, but it is not much so. The Magic in the title relates more to what I would call Mysticism.

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