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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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