Title: City of Dark Magic (City of Dark Magic #1)
Author: Magnus Flyte
Release Date: November 27, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books
Page Number: 448
Source: Book Outlet
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.
3 out of 5 stars
Sarah Weston is one of the best music students learning under Professor Sherbatsky in Boston. Sherbatsky went to Prague to help in the Lobkowicz Castle by organizing and finding out information about Beethoven for the museum. Sarah randomly gets a letter from Prince Max Lobkowicz asking her to come and take her Professor’s place as a scholar because he mysteriously died. Sarah is rushed off to Prague and starts to discover Beethoven’s secrets as well as love, mystery, and a very odd drug. Sarah finds letters no one has found written by Beethove himself and finds out that to counteract his deafness, he took a time traveling drug in order to hear his music being played. Sarah gets curious about the certain drug and stumbles upon some of it; she decides to try it, because what else would you do? She sees energy from centuries back and finds out some vital information. Her partner in crime, Prince Max himself, helps her with all of her adventures. What did Sarah see? Why was she rushed off to Prague?
This book was not what I was expecting at all. Like at all. I got this off Book Outlet for super cheap, but it was mostly a cover purchase. I loved that no one actually knows who Magnus Flyte is. Apparently he just sent the manuscript to Penguin without a return address or anything. That was super cool, so I was excited to read it. It was an interesting concept, but I don’t think that I liked it. There were just random parts where Sarah was having sex with guys. A lot, actually. That was just unnecessary and pointless to put in the book. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t like it so much.
The characters were fine; they weren’t great, they weren’t horrible. Sarah was really smart, but she just made awful choices. Max was my favorite out of all the characters. I thought it was a little dumb the way that he became prince, but whatever. I’m over it. It was just really random.
Who Would I Be?:
I guess I’d be Sarah; she was really smart and very musically talented. She was dating/in love with Max, and he was my favorite. It would honestly be really cool to see all the energy from the past when she took the drug, but, I mean, drugs are bad. I’m not a promoter of drugs. Just an F, Y, and I.