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City of Dark Magic
Kim McGee's review
Sep 29, 2012
This book has something for everyone and I am happy to announce that a sequel is in the works already but you will have to wait until December to read it. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy through Penguin's First Flights Program. We begin with a mysterious job offer for Sarah who is a musicologist in Boston who happens to be an expert on Ludvig Von Beethoven. Her mentor has fallen to his death in Prague and Sarah is asked to finish what he started, that of sorting through a massive collection of musical manuscripts for the heir of Lobkowicz Palace. She must leave behind her blind music savant pupil Pollina. Strange things begin to happen even before she arrives in Prague and she is more than a little apprehensive about the work and the danger that seems to lurk around every corner. She is picked up by a witty dwarf who is Prince Lobkowicz's right hand man and is whisked away to the palace. Her paranormal acute hearing skills aid her in processing the music but when a mysterious pillbox and strange drugs come into the picture she will begin a downward spiral to solve the mystery of her mentor's death (plus a few others) as well as solve the mystery of Beethoven's Immortal Beloved. The range of characters is staggering and they all work. The story moves swiftly and balances between the paranormal, murder mystery, romantic comedy and historical fiction. You will want to go to Prague. You will find yourself straining to hear the opening bars of Beethoven's fantastic pieces. You will want to read this book in one sitting while drinking good beer. Max is the yin to Sarah's yang although my heart was captured by the somewhat tragic dwarf, Nico. In my opinion they could devote the next book just to him! City of Dark Magic will appeal to book clubs for the full range of reading it offers. City of Dark Magic paints a delicious picture of Prague with its rich artistic and macabre history.
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