Title: City of Lost Dreams
Author: Magnus Flyte
Genre: Fantasy, paranormal fiction
Publisher: Penguin Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: ARC from the publisher
Number of pages: 368
First line: Even the local tourism board had to admit the church attracted a rather unusual crop of visitors.
Goodreads blurb: 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.
Both of the books in this series are wacky and weird, in the best possible way. City of Lost Dreams is quite a ride, full of history, art, music, romantic assignations, mad scientists, a randy immortal dwarf, and antiquated hallucinogenic drugs.
A couple years after her previous adventure in Prague, Sarah Weston is back in Europe. She and Prince Max are no longer an item, and this time she isn’t there for her work as a musicologist. She is there to find a cure for her friend, the young piano prodigy Pollina, who is dying of a mysterious illness and seems to be beyond medical help. Sarah is determined to find Dr. Bettina Muller, whose work just might hold the key to saving Pollina’s life.
She is assisted by Max and his faithful friend, the diminutive Nico, and whenever the three of them are together, strange things happen. Like figures from history coming back to life. Like being sprayed in the face by a hallucinogenic drug hidden inside an antique model galleon. Like discovering the antidote to immortality. Along the way, Sarah is romanced by a true Austrian, and wonders about her residual feelings for Max.
If you like off-the-wall fantasy full of humor, steamy romance, and madcap action, this series should definitely be on your to-read list.