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City of Lost Dreams (City of Dark Magic #2)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  1,879 ratings  ·  220 reviews
The exhilarating, genre-bending sequel to the sensational New York Times bestseller City of Dark Magic

“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.”
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In this action-packed sequel to City of Dark Magic, we find musicologist Sarah Weston in Vienna in search of a c
Paperback, 357 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Penguin Books (first published November 20th 2013)
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Jana Washington
I won this as an advanced reader from Goodreads. I read the first one in the series only recently, and I felt like someone completely different wrote this. Sarah's voice was pretty different from the first one and the entire story was less formal. However, it didn't really detract from the story at all. If anything, there was a more interesting mystery in this story and a more worthy reason for it: Sarah, Max, and Nico are trying to save Pollina's life. It takes Sarah to Prague and Vienna and Ni ...more
Nessy Dimitrova

The story has I can`t believe how easy I have become so attached to this.

Now, surely, I enjoyed the first book more than this. It was funnier and I loved the friends with benefits situation. This book was way darker. And while it was completely fascinating and swallowing, I would rather there were some moments to lighten the book a bit, you know. I got heart palpitations there!

I was delighfully bewildered from all the sudden POV changes and now that I read my u
Mandy's Review:

I'm not sure who Magnus Flyte is, whether the author is male or female, but what I can tell you is that they know how to write a novel that's fast-paced, interesting, and unlike anything I've read before. The author has a talent for blending history and the present day into a unique story that will leave you wondering if the impossible is actually possible.

Sarah is on a mission to save the girl she's grown to love over the years (as a friend, people). Pollina has an issue with one
Amber Carter
The Magnus Flyte series is a PURE delight. It's like the modern-day equivalent of The Princess Bride, packed with something for everyone - romance, history, adventure, suspense, sex (like, whoa), hilarity, and amusing characters (even the villains are enjoyable). Plus, talk about smart: It's incredible, how much history, science, and music they managed to pack into this book, and in ways that were never boring (WARNING: If you're the type who often likes to fall down the Wikipedia rabbit hole of ...more
City of Lost Dreams, like its predecessor, City of Dark Magic, is great big entertaining fun. Although I find the conceit of the imaginary author a bit silly, it's hard to argue with time travel, immortal dwarves, alchemical hallucinogens, and Viennese pastries (yes, I do pay attention to the food in the books I read). Throw in a mystery and Vienna with all its musical history and splendor and this is a book to devour and enjoy.

Second books (like sophomore year) are hard to get right, especially
After the first Magnus Flyte novel, you would think I had known better than to read the second while visiting my boyfriend. "Okay if I stay up and read while you go to sleep for work tomorrow? Love you!"

The follow up to City of Dark Magic was just as exciting as the original. Picking up some time after City of Dark Magic leaves off, City of Lost Dreams brings back the characters that I loved the most from the original. Sarah, Max, Nico and Pols. It brings back the drug Westonia and the mysteries
Stephanie Ward
'City of Lost Dreams' is a unique and enchanting novel - it's completely unlike anything I've read before (aside from the first book in the series). The story once again focuses on our leading lady Sarah Weston, a music expert from Boston who is on a mission to get young Pollina into a drug trial for her serious illness. We are reacquainted with several characters from the first book - Prince Max, Pollina, Nicolas Pertusato, and others. Once again, Vienna holds mysterious secrets from the past a ...more
Read an advanced copy, so I think part of my confusion was formatting issues - but I didn't think this one flowed as well, or explained as much as City of Dark Magic. Still a must read to fans of the first, but I am left with questions.
Musicologist Sarah Weston has returned to Vienna. She is on a mission to save her protégé, a 13 year old blind pianist named Pollina. Pollina is sick with some sort of lung infection and is getting near the end of her life. Sarah is determined to do whatever it takes to find a cure for Pollina. She comes to Vienna to track down a famous immunologist named Bettina Mueller, who has a history of saving those medicine has declared a lost cause.

But it isn't easy to reach Mueller. She disappears shor
Rachel Hall
Would have given this a 3.5 but considering how much more I enjoyed this compared to the first novel City of Dark Magic (City of Dark Magic, #1) by Magnus Flyte I'll give it the solid four. Sometimes the plot line got a little bit muddled but I think that was due to the sheer amount of history that the authors have tried to cram between the cover while still having an actual plot line and characters. I did however think they did a great job of toning things that were a little overdone in the first book and played up some other things that really made t ...more
I wasn't looking for time travel, and yet I found it, or it found me, in the City of Lost Dreams. I give the sequel 5 stars because "Magnus Flyte" has settled into her style and makes it work. Usually I don't like slightly hip, slightly arch, slightly ironic tones, but this one works; you come to care about the characters, even the immortal time-traveling Little Person who doesn't want to care about anyone because they'll only grow old and die. Austrians might squirm at the things Flyte says abo ...more
The City of Lost Dreams picks up where Sarah Weston has arrived in Vienna to find a cure for her friend Pollina, who is sick and in danger of dying. Max and Nico are back in Prague caring for Pollina, and also are attempting to find anything that might cure her.

I was a bit mixed on how I felt about this book. Since, I haven't read the City of Dark Magic I had to accept that there would be some gaps in the story for me. I found the characters interesting enough, and that they seemed well develope
Jan 12, 2014 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
"City of Lost Dreams" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is a fast-paced, suspenseful novel that takes place in Austria and drifts between the historic cities of Prague and Vienna.

This second book begins as Sarah Weston, a musicologist searches for a cure for the defective gene that's killing her young friend Pollina. As she dodges flying bullets and uncovers murders Nicolas Pertusato has travelled to London to look for artifacts that might provide an ancient alchemical cure not only for their
Megan MacRae
Just like with the first, I loved this book. Mystery, adventure, romance, fantasy, history, cultures, science... genre bending and still maintaining a clear flight path. So enjoyable.
Dwan Tape
Ok, I'll come clean. This series is fun, possibly addictive. The sequel is different, but it's still a great smart-girl-slightly-smutty-beach-read.
The writing duo of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch are back with another fantasy novel, switching the main story to another amazing central European city, Vienna. Dr. Sarah Weston is now trying to save her young piano prodigy friend, Pollina seeking the help of a Viennese doctor, Bettina Muller. Muller disappears, but promises to help Pollina, if Sarah Weston helps her. Sarah is quickly dragged into a big mystery involving Austrian gentry, a transgender, historical figures, time travel, killings, ...more
Carrie Mansfield
2.5 stars

This review is available on my blog

Am I the only who thinks that the sub-genre of magical realism was invented so that the more literary-minded authors could play within the realm of fantasy while avoiding getting hit with the dreaded "genre" label? Because really that's what magical realism is: fantasy light. It's a book that doesn't stray far from the recognizable modern world, and yet has elements that are unquestionably fantastic. And for all that the Good Reads users have shelved i
I received this book as part of a Goodreads advanced readers contest.

As soon as I won this book, I ran out and bought the first. The first was good—it had all the ideas of a great book: alchemy, Europe, dark alleys where the past comes to life and don’t forget an immortal dwarf. This book was perfect for me because I had just returned from Prague and I felt I was still there. There were times though, that the book was muddled and it felt like they were trying to cram in as many historical tidbi
After reading City of Dark Magic this summer, I was very much looking forward to reading City of Lost Dreams - and it completely lived up to my expectations.

However, when I read City of Dark Magic, I happened to be in Prague, and could walk down the streets mentioned or through the rooms of the Lobokwitz (check spelling) Castle. I did not have that convenience while reading City of Lost Dreams, which largely takes place in Vienna. It's been a few years since I've visited Vienna. So instead, I pu
Feb 02, 2014 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone that enjoys history, music, romance and mystery
Recommended to Valerie by: nobody
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book as a First Reads. I had read the first book, The City of Dark Magic, and when I joined Goodreads, I saw then there was a sequel and entered and was lucky to win it.

Anyone that enjoys a book with history,alchemy,romance and mystery revolving around music is sure to enjoy this book. I would recommend reading the City of Dark Magic first as the characters are the same, with new ones. This book, mainly takes place in Vienna and Prague, and I loved the references to the famous museum
Debbie Lester
City of Lost Dreams is the second novel by author Magnus Flyte. This novel has received a huge amount of buzz coming off the huge success of the first book, City of Dark Magic. These two writers throw caution to the wind and make the reader suspend their beliefs in the what is possible in this novel, as well as, the first. It is a very intelligent, well crafted novel that does not sit well in any genre, but embraces several. Flyte's ability to bend the rules is not left to just time travel as th ...more
Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
Sarah Weston’s friend Pollina is in a bad way, her illness worsening. Seeking a specialist who may be able to help Pols cure her particular gene condition, Sarah travels to Vienna to speak to Doctor Muller personally, but when she arrives she finds the Frau Doctor involved in more than just breakthrough medical cures. There’s more alchemy, hell portals and historical mysteries in Vienna for Sarah, Max and Nico to investigate.

As much as City of Dark Magic was a travel guide to Prague, this second
The Lit Bitch
Unlike many, I have not read the first book in the series, City of Dark Magic so I was a little lost in this book. From what I gather from the reviews of CODM, is that it’s a little more action packed with a lot going on….this book had some momentum and flowed nicely but I don’t know that I was flying through it.

It took me a while to sort out the characters, what was happening, and some of the other fantasy elements. My ability to navigate the novel is in no way the fault of the author, I just f
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“I'm sorry to bother you but it's an emergency," she told Alessandro. "I need a drug test.” City of Lost Dreams (p. 86).

What a trip this novel is! I’m pleasantly surprised and happy I gave Magnus Flyte another chance as City of Lost Dreams is a much improved, fast-paced and exciting novel. The returning cast of characters gain needed dimension as they continue on in their quest to find the Golden Fleece and in increasingly desperate
3.5 Stars

There are many things I really liked but also quite a few things that annoyed me

This left me quite divided. There were aspects in this novel I totally adore and others that simply pissed me off, to put it bluntly. I felt the same about the first novel, by the way.
I think this is very cleverly constructed, but I also felt that it's lacking at times. After reading this, I wanted to know who Magnus Flyte was more than anything else. Because for starters, he got so much right when it
City of Lost Dreams, the sequel to City of Magic, by Magnus Flyte is a frenetic read, filled with a range of interesting and City of Lost Dreamsutterly uninteresting information, madcap plotting, and some sassy attitude. There’s time-travel, necromancy, alchemy, immortal dwarves, history lessons, vengeful poets, ailing musical geniuses, a prince, sinister siblings, deadly love triangles, a little sex, and, of course, music. If you’ve read the first book, you’ll be used to about of about half of ...more
Punk Farie
My Rating – 3 Stars

This is the second in a series and contains minor spoilers.

Well, I liked this book a bit better than the last one, City of Dark Magic. It wasn’t as all over the place with 50 different things going on at once.

Sarah has traveled back to Prague to help Pollina. Pols, the 13 year old blind musical prodigy is dying. She has a rare infection that only one person can possibly cure, a Czech doctor named Bettina.

She is immediately plunged into mystery involving alchemy (again) and hi
Allen Adams

The cynic will tell you that there’s no such thing as magic. But for many of us, there’s a part of our heart that wants to believe. That perhaps does believe. And there are few places that cultivate that belief, that allow that possibility to flower, quite like the cities of Europe. These are the birthplaces and final resting places of some of history’s most renowned (and most mysterious) figures.

There’s definitely magic in the air.

Magnus Flyte (aka Meg Ho
City of Lost Dreams, the sequel to City of Dark Magic, surprised me by surpassing its predecessor on every level. I wish I had a 3.5 star option! The first book left me divided, feeling let down by some aspects and really loving the potential existing in others. Ambivalence is resolved in this second installment! The potential in City of Dark Magic is fully delivered in City of Lost Dreams. The heroine is more capable, easier to love. You get to know lovable Nico much better and get a sense for ...more
City of Lost Dreams is not as sexy or crazy as its predecessor. However, given just how insane, almost hyperactive, the first book is, this is not necessarily a bad thing. While it may be a fun read, it takes a lot of patience for a reader to get through its zaniness. The characters are foreign and mysterious, the supernatural elements are bizarre and confusing, and the sex is a bit too random for most readers. City of Lost Dreams is like an athlete after the season – the bone structure is still ...more
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Magnus Flyte is a pseudonym for the writing duo of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch. Howrey is a former dancer with the Joffrey II and the winner of an Ovation Award. She is the author of the novels The Cranes Dance and Blind Sight and lives in Los Angeles. Lynch is a television writer and former Milan correspondent for W Magazine. She lives near Sequoia National Park in California.
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