Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: November 27, 2012
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
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Synopsis: 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.
Review: Prague is a city steeped in magic, blood, and the home to some of the most adroit minds in history. It is also a city of secrets as music student Sarah Weston is quickly discovering. She has been invited over to Prague to catalog Beethoven’s papers for Prince Max after her mentor’s tragic death and finds herself pulled deep into the intrigue laced throughout the heart of Prague.
‘City of Dark Magic’ is a wild ride through the streets and history of Prague. Sarah discovers there is more to meet the eye about Prague, Beethoven, and the people she’s working with over the summer. The author has crafted a beautiful work of art in this novel and I found myself drawn in as much as Sarah. A tantalizing world grows in your mind’s eye as the author’s words paint the picture effortlessly with tempestuous characters and a beautifully dark setting. I highly enjoyed ‘City of Dark Magic’ in a similar way I enjoyed Ms. Deborah Harkness’ ‘A Discovery of Witches’ – holding my breath to see what unfolded for Sarah and Prince Max next. I hope there is a sequel!