Sunday, December 1, 2013

City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte

These books are so much fun to read!  City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte (actually authors Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch) is the follow up to last year's City of Dark Magic.  You do need to read City of Dark Magic first or the second novel won't make much sense.  

In City of Lost Dreams, Sarah Watson finds herself traveling to Vienna to meet with a specialist, hoping to find a cure for her friend Pollina, a young piano virtuoso.  Pollina is slowly dying and Sarah and friends are frantic to find a cure.  

But Vienna is just as mysterious as Prague was in City of Dark Magic, and Sarah is soon entangled in a mystery surrounding a missing doctor, two brothers desperate to keep their family home, and murder.  Throw in Nico, a four-hundred year old dwarf and Sarah's love, Max, and it's a madcap adventure set in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  

Flyte's first novel concentrated a lot on Sarah and Max's irresistible sexual chemistry; this novel is more about Pollina and her otherworldly ability to write music and sense the magic surrounding her.  We get to know the characters and what drives them.  Nico especially is one character that develops into a favorite, and Sarah discovers some important talents she never knew she possessed.  

I would recommend these novels to anyone who wants to read a fantastical adventure that combines history, alchemy, and music, but isn't science fiction.  There's also a great love story that keeps evolving and has you cheering for Sarah and Max.  I can't wait to read another adventure by Magnus Flyte.

Rating:  8/10 for a sequel that is even better than the first novel.  Vienna as a character makes this one a hard to put down read!

Available in paperback and e-book.


  1. I'm probably going to read this one too, having read the first book in summer (during trip to Prague, no less) I found it good entertainment, but to be honest the irresistible sexual chemistry was a bit much, so if that is toned down in the second book, I will likely like it better :) Also Pollina seemed like an interesting character.

    1. Riv: I thought the same thing about the first novel, but ended up really enjoying it. The sequel has a lot less of the sex, but it is still there a bit.

  2. Hi, I definitely want to try out this one, the plot seems exciting. Thanks for the tip. Also, check out my blog: "Awebooks 101" and my second one : "Awebooks 102"

  3. I have have both of these to read, they look great. Glad to hear they are. :)