Friday, January 3, 2014

Review: "City of Dark Magic" by Magnus Flyte

Salutations my little snowflakes!

It's Friday!
Today I have for you.


I'm also going to late-start on a great New Years blog challenge that I've only just discovered. So excuse moi for the lateness (3 days in. I mean... WAY behind).

City of Dark Magic
by Magnus Flyte
Title: City of Dark Magic
Author:  Magnus Flyte
Genre: Supernatural Suspense
Publication:  November 27, 2012
Pages:   448


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, 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.

I was originally expecting to be extremely impressed with this book, but I have to say that by the end I was a wee bit disappointed.

While the work is very interesting in regards to its imaginative and historical information concerning Ludwig Van Beethoven, it lacks appeal in its "magical" or "supernatural" sector. Actually, I would say that there really isn't enough magic in the book to really justify referencing it in the book synopsis. There are Alchemical references and there is a discussion of " residual energy" and possibly even time travel (almost definitely but not quite time travel) and there does happen to be a dwarf that's lived for a few hundred years but that, pretty much, is that. I don't know what you would call it other than magic, maybe metaphysical?

The villain was BY FAR the most interesting character and she was certainly evil in a very new and interesting way. Prince Max was a big yawn and I had to make him extraordinarily good looking in my imagination to even care about him at all. Our main character was smart but lacking what I consider standard human likability. She was too detached and seemingly existed off of barely there surface emotions. She seemed almost incapable of any type of extreme emotion. There was one moment in the book where her fears came to life and you got a tiny glimpse of who she might be inside but that was it and the reader couldn't' really glean too much from that.

Sarah is supposed to be passionately devoted to music history but you get the feeling that she's just good at it and she finds it mildly interesting and so just sort of, you know, goes with it. I never felt her excitement or devotion to her topic at all.

Basically, Sarah is sexy in theory (in both physical and non-physical ways) but sort of misses that mark somehow.

However, this does keep the reader enough at arms length so the author has room to move and expand with this character in the following books.

The author is very intelligent, and isn't a half-bad story teller either so the book was certainly entertaining. I'm a fan of historical fiction so I was intrigued by all of the historical references and the both contrived and accurate stories of historical characters and places.

I'm pretty sure I'll be picking up the second book in this series. I have a feeling that the second instillation will ease my complaints by allowing the story to broaden and the characters to blossom a little more.

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So, even though I'm getting started late on this (day 3 already) I wanted to join Parajunkee in her New Year's Challenge. Why? Because it's fun. That's why. Easy answer.

Day 3

The Books of 2013 You Are Sad You Missed
(Click on the book image to head to its corresponding GoodReads page)

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I resolve to get these books that I missed in 2013 read this year!

Did you miss any good ones?

Until Next Blog,

Read On!


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