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“This was a random pick up from the library display shelves. A quick read. The author is pseudonym for the two women who actually wrote it a la Lemony Snickett. The premise is that a long-forgotten drug can make history accessible, and the plot revolves around a quest for the Golden Fleece,...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“It was just "okay."”see full review » see other reviews »
“recommended by People - mystery”beth wrote this review 4 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Definitely fast paced with a bit of time travel and alchemy. A bit of history of Prague made the story quite interesting. Pretty fanciful but a fun read with lots of twists and turns and some interesting characters. A good read for the week of Halloween. I may indeed read the sequel. Giving this 3 stars but it could almost rate 4. ”EISSPE wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Odd characters and events, but could not put it down.”Elaine M wrote this review Tuesday, August 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was just "okay."”Holly M wrote this review Monday, July 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Who could pass up a book that gets a rave review from Conan O'Brien? Or that has an author's picture that leaves you wondering if the pretty girls are taking dictation from the horses?
What kept this book from getting 4 stars were the over-the-top, completely gratuitous sex scenes.
The first half the of the book reads like a generic smart-girl-gets-involved-in-mystery-and-meets-hunky-mysterious-guy romantic adventure. Then some interesting time-travel-esque stuff happens and we bounce back and forth from the Nazis to John Dee to Beethoven and back again.
There's a bit of confusion with a blind piano prodigy, a dwarf, the CIA, and either a black hole or a portal to hell but it gets somewhat straightened out in the end.
A quirky read.”
“I was a bit let down by the lack of consistency in the writing of this story. I felt the "bones" of the story were great. I enjoyed the concept of it all, the adventure the reader was taken on, and the idea of revisiting the past to solve a mystery is really fun. My problem is that it had unnecessary scenarios pop up for no good reason. For example, the sex. Okay, I am no prude and enjoy a good sex scene once in awhile like everyone else, but really? It was almost like reading a good Paranormal Sherlock Holmes and then POW out of nowhere, there was 50 Shades of Grey. Okay, maybe not quite on that scale, but you get my drift. I gave this a 3 star for a good story basis, but it probably really should get a 2 & 1/2.”Annie wrote this review Thursday, June 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“City of Dark Magic
City Of Dark Magic Book One
By Magnus Flyte
Strange things are happening in Prague, beginning with a party where all the guests in attendance begin to jump to their deaths. Shortly after this Sarah Weston receives the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Prague Castle and begin cataloguing Beethoven’s manuscripts. As a musicologist who specializes in the life of Ludwig van Beethoven how could she turn down such an invitation? Soon after she arrives however she learns that her mentor had committed “suicide” but his is the first in many unusual deaths that begin to occur.
I am a fan of Beethoven’s music so it’s no surprise I wanted to read a book in which present day seems to intertwine with the story of Beethoven himself. I had no idea how amazing this book would actually turn out Magnus Flyte has taken multiple pasts and managed to bring them into the present in an unusual way yet it all blends together so wonderfully and precisely. I must warn you that this is truly an adult book with drugs and sex mixed into the storyline it may not be suitable for everyone, for me however the free spirited Sarah is the perfect character to tell this story. The theory behind the book is absolutely intriguing strange deaths, a drug that can let you see into the past, and all tying in with Ludwig van Beethoven what more could you ask for?
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“Very Good-lots of twist and turns-time travel-history and FUN”Barbara H wrote this review Wednesday, May 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book wasn't even on my radar but something about the title caught my eye at the library. And what sane woman could resist a handsome, time traveling prince? I'm glad to have found this treasure! I loved learning more about Prague and Beethoven. Am already looking forward to the next book!”Mary Ann Giasson wrote this review Tuesday, April 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Weirdly entertaining novel. It wasn't as funny as the reviews said, but I did appreciate the wry humor scattered throughout. The ending makes me wonder if there will be more books in this series.”KerryLC wrote this review Saturday, April 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No