Friday, April 12, 2013

The City of Dark Magic

City of Dark Magic, by Magnus Flyte
Source: free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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When I first started playing around on NetGalley, I requested this book not realizing it was actually already published. Shortly after I got approved for it, I spotted it at my library and quickly switched to the print edition -- I just can't help myself, I'm a true paper-book girl at heart! And if I'm perfectly honest, after I finish the titles I was approved for during the initial excitement of my husband's new iPad, I don't think I'm going to use NetGalley much for this very reason. I love the access to new and exciting titles for review, but I just don't like reading on an electronic device. I still love to browse the newly added books just to see what's coming out soon, but these days I have to be dying to read a particular title to be tempted to request it. Nothing against the site or anyone who uses it because it's a truly awesome service, I'm just a little more old-school than I would have thought!

Anyway, back to the book! I absolutely loved this book. I adored every single minute spent reading it. I stayed up late into the night just to read a few more chapters (before I moved) and it killed me that it took me so long to finish the rest of it (after I moved!). This was not the book's fault in any way -- life just gets in the way sometimes, as I'm sure you all know. 

The City of Dark Magic has been described as imaginative, entertaining, and magical and I definitely agree with all those descriptions. It was also laugh out loud funny in many places and I LOVE  when that happens, especially in a book that is not specifically billed as "humor." I thought the writing was sharp and witty and the main character Sarah had quite a bit of spunk for a Beethoven scholar. She's a bit risque, but it was a refreshing change from all the inexperienced good girls that seem to be so common in novels. Her decisions and actions aren't going to sit well with everyone, but I give her credit because this chick owns it. Some might call her a slut, but I'm certainly not going to. I also thought it was interesting that her attraction to men is largely based on scent. Again, this was a refreshing change from the endless descriptions of how gorgeous/hot/sexy the male characters are.

For me, this book was just the right blend of adventure, mystery, intrigue, and romance. Throw in a great cast of characters and I think it's an all-around winner. I've already ordered a print copy to add to my collection because I know I'll want to revisit this story again someday!

This book counts toward my reading goals for:
2013 ARC Reading Challenge
2013 Chunkster Challenge (464 pages)
2013 Series Catch-Up Challenge


  1. I think I'm as old school :) Won't even attempt any digital devices for reading for a while.

    As for the book, can't wait to read it! We have just decided on travel destination for this summer, which is Prague, so even more so. So glad you liked it!

    1. I was very anti-ereader, but then when my husband got his iPad, the siren song of pre-release review books proved strong and I decided to give it a try. I just find it so much more enjoyable to actually flip pages of a "real" book though and I know that now for sure!

      And I don't know how I wrote this entire review without mentioning that it takes place in Prague -- oops! But, yes this would be a really fun summer read, especially if you're planning to visit the city it takes place in.

  2. I'm going to have to look for this one!

    And I've pretty much given up on NetGalley, too.

    1. If you get around to it, I think you'll like it Sus.

      It certainly has its advantages, I just miss holding a "real" book in my hand!

  3. First off, it is totally acceptable to be old-school. I get that way after I have read several books on my reader, I prefer to have the physical book in my hands. I request way less netgalley books now. (I of course still have several more to read, but you know.)

    I'm glad to finally read your review on this. This sounds like a really good book! You got me all excited! It sounds different, fun, and just basically awesome. Plus, a spunky Beethoven scholar? I'm sold. I have added it to my TBR pile. I'm hoping my library will have a copy in next time I'm there. That or I may just have to put it on hold. :)

    1. Glad I'm not the only old-school reader! I do hope you like it -- I was surprised by how many negative or middle-of-the-road reviews I saw for it since I enjoyed it so thoroughly. I hope this writing team has more projects in the works!

  4. This sounds delightful and I have added it to my list, based on your review. I love printed books, but I have RA and reading on an electronic device is so much easier for me, plus it supports my late nite reading habits. I can lay in bed while my hubby sleeps and read for hours..LOL

    1. So glad to have intrigued you! Those are definitely some benefits of ereaders -- maybe someday I will give the iPad another chance!


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