City of Dark Magic

City of Dark Magic

A Novel

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9780143122685
Characteristics: 448 p. ; 21 cm.

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Lisina
May 24, 2015

This book is so awesome! I can't wait until I can get my hands on the next book. Very engaging, with history that pulls you between times and a sentimental, but vibrant love and adds just the right amount of spice that makes you 'route' for the characters even more. A story that is complicated, mysterious, time bending, that makes you want to believe in things unseen. What happens in the past almost always affects the future. Brilliant. Wicked. Fun.

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astraker
Jun 06, 2014

Fun read - weird characters, mad coincidences, alchemists, music, murder, a castle with hidden rooms and a strong female heroine.

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HOLLY ROWE
May 27, 2014

This book was fun. Honestly, the sex stuff in the beginning was a little weird, but once they got into the mystery the story picked up. I missed my stop on the train today while I was nearing the end. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

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liya6
Jul 24, 2013

Couldn't finish it and also had to return it. Not my favorite type of book.

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mace
Jul 11, 2013

A great read; combines all the elements to keep you turning the pages long past your bedtime

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Jennmro
Apr 12, 2013

This is one of those books that restores my faith in the power of a truly fabulous read! I came upon this book at just the right time - I'd just started and discarded 4 books in a row (not typical for me, so I was starting to panic! Is there something wrong with me? Am I losing my ability to be entertained? Have I become overly cynical? Should I seek professional help??) and so may have actuallly whispered a little plea before opening this book that it please please please be a good one! And as you might have guessed by now, IT TOTALLY WAS!! I didn't want it to end. It was wonderfly written, desperately funny, and one of my favorite books of the year. So far. Read on!!

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emerge
Mar 20, 2013

What a great read. I didn't know what to expect from this book with lots of buzz. Let's see...you have a kickass PhD student, an evil senator, time travel, a very rude Beethoven, Prague & a 400 year old "little person". Lots of action, mystery & wry humour. Can't wait for the sequel.

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hmcgivney
Jan 12, 2013

A fun mystery/fantasy with a likable heroine, though she's definitely NOT of the touchy/feely variety. The plot was a little bit more complicated than it had to be, it was still a very enjoyable ride. They left it open for a sequel, which I'll happily read if it ever appears.

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HOLLY ROWE
May 27, 2014

HOLLY ROWE thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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