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City of Dark Magic
City of Dark Magic: A Novel | Magnus Flyte
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Cosmically fast-paced, wildly imaginative, and with City of Lost Dreamsthe bewitching sequelon shelves now, City of Dark Magic is the perfect potion of magic and suspense Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as its whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethovens 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 Beethovens 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. And the story continues in City of Lost Dreams, the mesmerizing sequel, which finds Sarah in the heart of Vienna, embroiled in a new web of mystical secrets and treacherous lies.
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EmilieGR
Pickpick

A romp

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Timidmagick
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Mehso-so

If you‘re interested in Beethoven,this book is for you. Otherwise I was annoyed at the use of the word frisson and amazed at how much sex Sarah is getting. Plus I‘ve been to Prague and it never felt like it rested on a portal to hell to me

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tracy_anne8
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Picture 1 of my little #bookhaul from today. My husband and I ventured out with the twins for the first time to our local used bookstore. I got the next 3 books after the first in the Thursday Next series and the first in a new series that looks interesting.

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CharissaWeaksAuthor
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Pickpick

Okay. I make this a pick, however, it's not going to be for everyone. If you like Discovery of Witches, this is for you. There's fewer supernatural elements and less romance and more characters, but it's entertaining even in its erudite delivery. The time traveling device was AMAZING. I wish it had been shown more & earlier because it was riveting. I'll read the sequel in hopes there's more to come!

BethM I got this on sale years ago and have never read it. But I like DoW so maybe I'll have to move it up the list! 2y
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CharissaWeaksAuthor
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I am reading soooo many books right now 😬

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wanderinglynn
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Panpan

The best thing I can say about this novel was I finished it. But I had to push myself to do so. My overall opinion is this book is a boring, hot mess.

See my full review on GR:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2341625231

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wanderinglynn
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#QuickBookQuiz
1. I haven‘t thought about it, but looking at my book shelves, I think it‘s about even.
2. 13 if I include the endorsement statement - but none in the title & only 1 in the author‘s name.
3. ? - can‘t think of one
4. Black seems to be predominate
5. Paula Hawkins
6. magic (because the name of the book is at the bottom of the odd number pages) - otherwise it‘s “curled”

Kaye Thanks ♥️ 2y
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wanderinglynn
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Finally a gorgeous day to be outside! 🌞🐶🙌🏻
Dexter‘s happy to be outside with his ball & I‘m happy to get some vitamin D while reading. #dogsoflitsy

tammysue 💜🐶 2y
Mommamanzi What a cutie pup! 2y
JoScho Love ❤️ 2y
wanderinglynn Thanks @JoScho 😀 2y
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wanderinglynn
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Was going to start this yesterday on my flight from Charlotte back to DC, but I started talking books with my seat mate. So I‘m anxious to dive into this one today after all the good things I‘ve heard about this book.

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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1. City of Dark Magic (tagged)
2. London...I think I was British in a past life.
3. Europe - where the history comes from.
4. Driving allows me to see more and detour.
5. Gelato is juicier but I won't decline ice cream.

@JoScho #manicmonday

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Reagan
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I am having an awful day. Thank god I found this gem tonight. At least the day isn‘t a complete waste.

Jas16 Hope tomorrow is a better day 2y
Reagan @Jas16 thank you! 2y
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Cat13
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Being sick means reading all day! ❤ So far really enjoying this story.

MrBook Get well soon! 2y
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hufflepuff_librarian
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Newest book club read. Even if I didn't think this book sounded amazing, I still would have read it based solely on the blurb from Conan O'Brien, "This deliciously madcap novel has it all: murder in Prague, time travel, a misanthropic Beethoven, tantric sex, and a dwarf with attitude. " ??

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Leelee08
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Starting this beauty tonight! Conan O'Brien has a blurb on the cover, so I've got high hopes!💙

Redwritinghood I've read the this and the second book and I thought they were going to have a third one. Not sure what happened with the series though. 3y
Laalaleighh I really got sucked into this insanity when I read it. But I never did find the sequels. 3y
Serotonin My sister really enjoyed it. It's on my list too 👍 3y
Gissy It's developed in Prague? I have to read it! 3y
Gissy @Laalaleighh I saw Amazon has the second book 3y
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AlwaysBeReading
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Pickpick

448 pages and I just read the last 272 today. Great page turner! Genius time traveling plot device, I only wish it were real. I definitely want to read the sequel!

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kjhower1

"Religion might be a pretty dubious gift from our ancestors, Sarah thought, gazing upward, but it did come in some fairly kick-ass wrapping paper."

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kjhower1
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Continuing the #annualbookchallenge with another favorite: "City of Dark Magic" by Magnus Flyte

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booksandsympathy

Decided to read this book because the cover has a quote from Conan O'Brien. I've seen quotes about books from other authors, but no other book that is recommended by Conan.

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Loreen
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The Tiger's Wife is one of the best books I've read this year. if you like magical realism I think you'll like it too! #SetinEasternEurope #photoadaynov16

the_alternate_ending_library I'll check it out. Thank you 😊💞 3y
RealLifeReading Ok that's a good reminder that it's sitting on my shelves! 3y
DivineDiana I enjoyed The Tiger's Wife as well. Even coerced my husband to read it! 3y
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PatriciaU
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Pickpick

“Prague is a place where the fabric of time is thin.” This aptly suggests the magic and mystery wrapped up in this wholly entertaining tale. There is mystery, suspense, castles, Prague, a 400 year old dwarf, Beethoven, and sex. What more could you ask for? 😉

Serotonin My sister read this and enjoyed it! I actually have the first two volumes on my Kindle TBR - hahaha! I'll get to them someday 😉 3y
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khowell
Mehso-so

Falls somewhere in between the epic urgency of a real page turner and the trudging monotony of a snoozefest. Feels similar to A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. But with more drugs and Beethoven!

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Voldenae
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Mehso-so

The best book ever? Nope. Entertaining? Certainly. Enough to make me look forward to the second at least.

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JPeterson
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Bailedbailed

Was intrigued by the back cover and picked this up at a used bookstore. With promise of magic, mystery, and some musical history, I thought it be a cute, quick read. Just something in between more serious novels. However, the writing is confusing, amateurish, and not believable. Maybe later? Eh. 😒

BethFishReads I bailed too and gave the book away 4y
JPeterson @BethFishReads That will most likely will happen with my copy. If I had heard otherwise, to stick it out a bit farther, maybe I would try it again. But doesn't seem to be the case 4y
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Panpan

This book had a good opening and I enjoyed the main character initially. However once the handsome prince shows up she is ruled no longer by her studious nature but instead base female urges. The character is finally defined by this relationship. The sex scenes are annoying and ending is just bad.

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Jesskathkarl
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"Max, Sarah decided, may be many things, possibly even criminal things.
He was also the best kisser she had ever laid lips to."

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hwheaties
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Pickpick

History and mystery plus magic and fun and naughtiness. I loved this duology.

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