City of Dark Magic: A Novel
Penguin Group US
, Nov 27, 2012
- 464 pages
Cosmically fast-paced, wildly imaginative, and with City of Lost Dreams—the bewitching sequel—soon on the way, City of Dark Magic is the perfect potion of magic and suspense
Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood.
Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide.
And now the story continues with City of Lost Dreams, the mesmerizing sequel that hits shelves this December, which finds Sarah in the heart of Vienna, embroiled in a new web of mystical secrets and treacherous lies.