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City of Dark Magic
by Magnus Flyte
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Penguin, 2012 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

If you are looking for something unique, you must check out Magnus Flyte's debut novel, City of Dark Magic. This is a magical mix of political intrigue, time travel, and music.

Sarah Weston is a music scholar hoping to earn her doctorate writing on Beethoven, so she is beyond excited when she gets the offer to spend her summer cataloguing a private collection of Beethoven manuscripts in a historic castle in Prague. Her elation is marred by the fact that her mentor, who took the semester off to work on the project in Prague, has killed himself by jumping out of a castle window. His death is eerily similar to those of seven aristocrats at a Venice fundraiser, but despite the strange deaths, this is an opportunity Sarah cannot pass up. When she gets to Prague, she learns there is more behind her professor's apparent suicide much more than she could have ever imagined.

Flyte, the team of author Meg Howry and journalist Christina Lynch, manages to captures readers from page one and take them on a strange journey in the magical city of Prague. Intrigue, secrets, and lies abound everywhere, and Sarah is the perfect protagonist to sort through it all. She is smart, confident, and irreverent. These qualities will make her appeal to many readers of either gender, especially those in their early twenties who are often missed. The story is fast-paced with the twists and turns never lagging. Truly, City of Dark Magic has everything needed for a stellar read.

If you enjoy some of the recent turns fantasy literature has taken, you need to get your hands on City of Dark Magic. This book will leave you salivating for more from Magnus Flyte.

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