11 December 2012

Today's Read: City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte

Would you ignore the warning signs if you had a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream? When Sarah Watson is given the opportunity to travel from Boston to Prague to study the papers of her beloved Beethoven, she decides a break-in, rumors of hell portals, and a mysterious suicide aren't going to stop her.

The night before she leaves for Europe, a strange symbol appears on the ceiling of her apartment:
"I think someone broke into the apartment," said Sarah. . . . "But I don't think they took anything."

Alessandro made a quick check of his belongings, and returned to confirm that nothing was missing, not even his stash of pot.

"Why they no take our TV?" he said, insulted. "Is very nice TV."

Sarah showed him the strange symbol, but Alessandro had no idea what it meant either.

"I think what we need is a nice grappa," he suggested. "Tomorrow you sleep on plane."

After a grappa, Sarah still had no idea what the symbol meant, who could have put it there, or why. But after two grappas, she didn't care.
City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte (Penguin USA / Penguin Books, 2012, p. 37)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Prague, plus Boston and Venice
  • Circumstances: Sarah travels to Prague to conduct research but is soon caught up in solving a murder that just might involve alchemy and time travel.
  • Characters: Sarah, a music graduate student; a handsome time-traveling prince; a 400-year-old dwarf
  • Genre: mystery, humor, romance, paranormal, music, and adventure all wrapped up together 
  • Miscellaneous: Magnus Flyte is the pen name for the writing duo Christina Lynch and Meg Howrey
Buy City of Dark Magic at an indie or at a bookstore near you. (Link leads to an affiliate program.)
ISBN-13: 9780143122685

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Laurel-Rain Snow 12/11/12, 8:35 AM  

Yes, grappas can do that! lol

Thanks for tempting me with this teaser....now I want to know more.


Amanda 12/11/12, 8:55 AM  

I saw this go through my library's ordering process just this week and meant to put it on hold, but for some reason it is NOT on my hold list, so I must have forgotten. It is there now. :D

Daryl 12/11/12, 9:18 AM  

so did you like it?

Alice Audrey 12/11/12, 9:47 AM  

Alchemy and grappas. Interesting mix.

bermudaonion 12/11/12, 10:50 AM  

I bet my sister would like this book.

Nise' 12/11/12, 11:06 AM  

I am definitely tempted by your teaser!

A Belle’s Tales 12/11/12, 12:51 PM  

This sounds great! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my Teaser. Happy Reading :D

Zibilee 12/11/12, 2:14 PM  

I have entered a couple of giveaways to win this one, and I think it sounds fantastic. I love the quote you chose for today as well. I seriously need to add this to my after Christmas book buying list!!

Paulita 12/11/12, 2:22 PM  

Uh oh, sounds like trouble has found her. Here's Mine

Margot 12/11/12, 2:49 PM  

Mystery and romance sound good to me. I like everything about this one except the paranormal part. Hopefully that doesn't envelope the whole book.

Heather 12/11/12, 4:39 PM  

Sounds like an interesting one! My teaser: A Wallflower Christmas

JLS Hall 12/11/12, 5:25 PM  

Alessandro sounds like the perfect guy to have around in a crisis. This is one I definitely want to take a look at.

Lizzy 12/11/12, 8:46 PM  

Hm, I would be a bit more freaked out than she was...as in leaving the apartment and never going back! Thanks for stopping by my TT

Jen Greyson 12/12/12, 12:38 AM  

Very intriguing!! Totally putting this in by TBR pile.

Beth 12/12/12, 3:01 AM  

A very mysterious teaser! Thanks for stopping by.

Charlie 12/12/12, 6:20 AM  

It sounded mysterious at first but proper fantasy elements, very interested in it!

veens 12/14/12, 10:16 PM  

Sounds like an interesting read. Looking forward to our review.

Michelle 12/20/12, 11:07 PM  

I thought this was a fun book; it wasn't perfect but I really enjoyed reading it.

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