Title: City Of Dark Magic
Author: Magnus Flyte
Number of Pages: 464
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.
The secondary characters Nico, a dwarf and Pols, a blind child prodigy were also what helped me keep reading this book. They were interesting, entertaining and made Sarah much more likable. The only secondary character I had a problem with was the villain of the story and that's because every once in awhile the pov would switch to them, and it always seemed a bit disjointed when that happened and took me most of the next chapter to get back into the story being told from Sarah's viewpoint. Sometimes a setting can be a secondary character, and I felt this way with Prague. The descriptions of Prague were wonderful, and I felt like I was there without having ever visited. I love it when authors are able to make a setting come alive like that.
I loved watching Sarah and Max work together as a team, and am still in shock how much I ended up enjoying this book after such a rocky start. The ending leaves me to believe that there might be more adventures in store for Sarah, and I can't wait to see what they are.