City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow how to describe City of Dark Magic? This one was fun and mysterious with a little sex thrown in and of course a ton of history.
Summary: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
This is actually the second novel that I have read that makes reference to Alchemy but the first which was also equally focused on Beethoven. I always enjoy these twisted historical explanations stories. I think there is enough true fact in there hidden behind a great story that the reader actually comes out learning something.
I also enjoyed that the main character was a gifted girl from Boston. Its nice to see someone from my neck of the wood be included into such an original story. If you enjoyed A Discovery of Witches and the Da Vinci Code I think you'll love this one!