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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,060 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Magnus Flyte Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy, Natalie Gold Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The City of Dark Magic Series Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781101604960
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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, have tantric sex in a public fountain, and discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful US 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This deliciously madcap novel has it all: murder in Prague, time travel, a misanthropic Beethoven, tantric sex, and a dwarf with attitude. I salute you, Magnus Flyte!”

    Conan O’Brien

  • “The most wickedly enchanting novel I’ve ever read and also the funniest. A Champagne magnum of intrigue and wit, this book sparkles from beginning to end.”

    Anne Fortier, New York Times bestselling author of Juliet

  • “A story that abounds in mysterious portents, wild coincidences, violent death, and furtive but lusty sex…[This novel] cleverly combin[es] time travel, murder, history, and musical lore.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The darkly charming and twisted streets of Prague provide the deliciously dramatic backdrop for this paranormal romp that fires on all cylinders, masquerading by turns as a romance, a time-travel thriller, and a tongue-in-cheek mystery.”

    Booklist

  • “The riddle of Beethoven’s ‘Immortal Beloved,’ alchemy, and clandestine love fuse in this fast-paced, funny, romantic mystery…An exuberant, surprising gem.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the December 2012 Indie Next List
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, November 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Epeeblade | 2/5/2014

    " Moving this to the "did not finish" shelf because I can't see myself going back to it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan D. Neal | 1/31/2014

    " I feel like I wasted my money. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lili | 1/26/2014

    " Loved this book. Nice mix of science and mystery. Reminded me of a Discovery of Witches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Roubos | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoyed the historical aspect of the book and its characters, but the story seemed a little contrived at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Paschal | 1/26/2014

    " Good read, obvious setup for sequel/s. Not much character development in this book, but its probably coming in later editions. As I'd suspected, this story is a bit more in the chick-lit category than had been billed (Conan O'Brien wrote a positive review - go figure). Now I have to wait for volume 2 dammit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/22/2014

    " steamy scholars of music find love and more prague "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ettegoom | 1/17/2014

    " I was kinda disappointed with this story... I read it because of the hype around good female authors using a male pseudonym in order to get read... but really, it was pretty trite. I found the 'mystery' of the various deaths, the hunt etc. to be less compelling than the majority of such books that I have read, and the characters were really more suited to a romantic novel than a fantasy mystery... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keshena Booker | 1/16/2014

    " In future, 20th century popular literature will be divided into two distinct eras: pre and post Harry Potter. In the post Potter age, now that we've established that there is no shame in an adult reader enjoying an intricately plotted but fast moving fantasy yarn, books have been written catered to those of us who find ourselves in the children's and young adult aisles of B&N sooner than we'd consider the latest by Jonathan Franzen. In the last year and a half, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches have had brilliant debuts catering to this niche of readers. City of Dark Magic is right up those novels' alley, a fun story of alchemy, Beethoven, Cold War spy games, and quirky academics who wouldn't be out of place on the Hogwarts faculty. Of course, this is a novel for adults, so there are also some brief but evocative sex scenes and a potty-mouthed South Boston heroine who's more Fiona Gallagher than Bella Swan. This book is a lot of fun, which in the current literary climate, is finally a valid aspiration for an adult novel. And, of course, it ends with the tease of a sequel promising that its Indiana Jones-esque quest for the Golden Fleece isn't over. I'm sure this series will be very popular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 1/13/2014

    " There's something exciting and almost forbidden about a book that wasn't on the radar. I always enjoy when I find an undiscovered title on the library shelves. And this book didn't let me down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sydney | 1/12/2014

    " This was fun, but definitely a guilty pleasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 11/21/2013

    " This book was a blast to read, fun, exciting, interesting, great entertainment! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian Hart | 11/14/2013

    " I really liked this one. Over 400 pages but it didn't feel like it, it was thoroughly entertaining and the plotting was very fast-paced "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Stockton | 11/10/2013

    " Fun, with an irreverent sense of humor, spies, sex, dwarves (well, one anyway), the City of Dark Magic is different enough in all the normal areas to defy easy definition. And, different is good. Enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Jordan | 11/5/2013

    " Someone should inform Conan O'Brien that there is, in fact, no tantric sex in this book. (Not that I bought it for that reason. But just sayin'.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 10/17/2013

    " felt somehow superficial - but was a quick and fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susanne | 9/16/2013

    " Weird!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deena | 8/11/2013

    " I like the history and the mystery! :) Secrets and castles... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 6/7/2013

    " Enormously good fun - loved it. To be read in the spirit in which it's clearly intended - not one for the po-faced. And yes, alchemy and nookie are closely related! Chapeau, ladies ;-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Blair | 6/6/2013

    " Great mix of magic, sexuality and history. My kind of book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara Kranzky | 5/30/2013

    " LOVED this book!!!!!! Freshly imaginative and entertaining. Ended the book craving more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina Brockett | 3/16/2013

    " kinda crazy. exciting ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 3/1/2013

    " I loved this book!! After reading a discovery of witches I wanted something similar and found city of dark magic at Costco. I was a little disappointed at first that it was not as magical as I was hoping but it ended up being a great read! I really hope that she writes a second book!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brienne | 1/16/2013

    " If it wasn't for all the sex and references to sex and the main character realizing halfway through that she's a slut, I might have given it 2 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianna | 1/1/2013

    " This was pretty good. I really enjoyed it. I am kind of hoping that there will be another book, but I am satisfied if there isn't. "

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About the Author

Magnus Flyte is a pseudonym for the writing duo of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch. Howrey is a former dancer with the Joffrey and the winner of an Ovation Award. The author of the novels The Cranes Dance and Blind Sight, she lives in Los Angeles. Lynch is a television writer and former Milan correspondent for W magazine. She lives near Sequoia National Park in California.

About the Narrator

Orlagh Cassidy is an audiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.