City of Lost Dreams
Magnus Flyte, 2013
Penguin Group (USA)
In this action-packed sequel to City of Dark Magic, we find musicologist Sarah Weston in Vienna in search of a cure for her friend Pollina, who is now gravely ill and who may not have much time left. Meanwhile, Nicolas Pertusato, in London in search of an ancient alchemical cure for the girl, discovers an old enemy is one step ahead of him. In Prague, Prince Max tries to unravel the strange reappearance of a long dead saint while being pursued by a seductive red-headed historian with dark motives of her own.
In the city of Beethoven, Mozart, and Freud, Sarah becomes the target in a deadly web of intrigue that involves a scientist on the run, stolen art, seductive pastries, a few surprises from long-dead alchemists, a distractingly attractive horseman who’s more than a little bloodthirsty, and a trail of secrets and lies. But nothing will be more dangerous than the brilliant and vindictive villain who seeks to bend time itself. Sarah must travel deep into an ancient mystery to save the people she loves. (From the publisher.)
The first book in this two-part series is City of Dark Magic (2012).
A classically trained dancer, Meg performed with the Joffrey, Los Angeles Opera, and City Ballet of Los Angeles. She made her theatrical debut at Lincoln Center, and toured with the Broadway production of Contact, for which she won the 2001 Ovation Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Her novels are Blind Sight and The Cranes Dance, and her non-fiction has appeared in Vogue. She currently lives in Los Angeles. (From the author's website.)
There is an actual part of your brain ( I believe it is in the hippocampus) that keeps a record of your life story. Of course, it's not an accurate record. My hippocampus claims that I grew up mostly in Chicago, graduated from Harvard College, and have my MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. I was at one time the Milan correspondent for W magazine, and lived in Italy for 7 years, where I ate a lot of wonderful meals and won the Tuscan Endurance Championship on my horse Camelia. I moved to L.A. to write television, which I still do, though now I spend most of my time in a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada with a couple of lazy horses and a very wonderful dog. I write novels and television (and too many emails), and teach writing. (From the author's website.)
A comical, rollicking and sexy thriller.
An entertaining mix of magic, mystery and romance, it’s one of the most original novels released this year.
Never fails to shimmer exotically, erotically, on the page.
(Starred review.) Musicologist Sarah Weston arrives in Vienna hoping to find a cure for her friend.... [B]iochemist Bettina Müller may have formulated a treatment...[but] proves peculiarly elusive.... Sensual, witty and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, set forth in sparkling prose and inhabited by characters well-worth getting to know. Wunderbar!
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