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City of Lost Dreams: A Novel Paperback – November 26, 2013
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The follow-up to City of Dark Magic (2012) finds musicologist Sarah Weston in Vienna, trying to find a cure for her young friend Pollina’s rare autoimmune disease. Nico, the dwarf made immortal in 1601 by the astronomer-alchemist Tycho Brahe, has his own idea about a cure, but it involves some pretty scary ancient technologies. Meanwhile, Sarah is trying to track down another doctor, but he has vanished, leaving behind an old clock apparently stolen from the British Museum; and as much as she’s reluctant to ask former lover Max Anderson for help, he’s the guy with the museum connections. Oh, and let’s not forget Westonia, the time-travel drug, and the villainous woman operating behind the scenes as a sort of puppetmaster. Trying to assign this book to a genre would probably result in a headache, so just think of it as a blend of urban fantasy, romantic comedy, and time-travel adventure, with an extra twist of weirdness. Flyte—a pseudonym for the team of novelist Meg Howrey and TV writer Christina Lynch—keeps things moving at a brisk clip, not giving us a chance to pick at any loose threads. Lots of fun. --David Pitt
Praise for City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte:
“Set in a world where alchemy, magic, and science all work, [City of Lost Dreams is] another lively, amusing romantic mystery from the pseudonymous Flyte. . . . Sensual, witty, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, set forth in sparkling prose, and inhabited by characters well-worth getting to know. Wunderbar!"
—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Enchanting, strange, and fantastical! City of Lost Dreams is a magical mystery tour that picks you up and takes you where you’ve never been before but is exactly where you want to be. Sexy, suspenseful, historical—a mélange of originality and an absolute page-turner."
—M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of Seduction
“A blend of urban fantasy, romantic comedy, and time-travel adventure, with an extra twist of weirdness . . . Lots of fun.”
“If you’re looking for a time-travel mystery with laughs, danger, and a romantic interest clad in lederhosen (and who isn’t?), look no further.”
—People (4 Stars)
Praise for City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte:
"This deliciously madcap novel has it all: murder in Prague, time travel, a misanthropic Beethoven, tantric sex, and a dwarf with attitude. I salute you, Magnus Flyte!”
“A comical, rollicking and sexy thriller.”
“An entertaining mix of magic, mystery and romance, it’s one of the most original novels released this year.”
“Never fails to shimmer exotically, erotically, on the page.”
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Not quite as rollicking as the first novel, it is nonetheless a good read that will leave you wanting jet off to Vienna as soon as possible. If the lovely Flyte ladies can make it a trilogy, can I ask for Budapest, with its glorious mix of ruin and Parisienne sensibilies, Liszt, Bartok and the Esterhazy and Szechenyi families and palaces? With Istanbul side trip?
To be fair, my husband still enjoyed the second book and disagrees with me. I should also point out that I will continue to look forward to any additional Magnus Flyte stories.
The campy humor is still present, even though less than in the first one. The two main characters Sarah and prince Max are not as prominent and funny as in the first one, but are still very likeable.
I love the accurate and historical background of the locations, and I love the fact that in both books foreign terms and names are spelled very accurately.
I love the "international" feel of the book, as it jumps from Vienna to Milan with a deal reached over a "cotoletta" at Bice!
The odd characters are still there and they are quite likeable. I think it is a very original story, and I am really looking forward number three.