This book I was SO excited for! I did something I never do. I went into Barnes & Noble, got lost for an hour in the shelves and picked a book. I didn't make myself stick to the discount shelves (because really, why pay full price for a book when there are all those cheaper books sitting there?!) I didn't look for a new book by a favorite author and I didn't go searching for a book I had heard about online/in a magazine/from a friend. Nope, I just went into Barnes & Noble with no literary destination in mind and ended up walking out with City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte. It was the perfect birthday present from Jake and I'm glad I chose the book I did.
If nothing else, it will definitely be worth its full price, because I know that I will have to read it one (or two...or maybe even three) more time(s) before I actually know what happened. The beginning of the book goes like this:
A young Beethoven scholar finds out that her mentor has committed suicide while studying original Beethoven manuscripts in Prague. Along with learning this news she accepts a position working alongside him. (A dwarf who shows up unannounced at her doorstep is involved with this). There are a couple sideline stories of a gorgeous roommate and a brilliant blind girl she tutors, but truly the beginning of the book is set up to get her to Prague.
Then I'd love to tell you what happens. Believe me, I really would. I can tell you this much - I enjoyed the book. I loved the imagery, I enjoyed the characters and it kept my attention throughout. I was on the edge of my seat and I was anxiously turning pages to see how it all got resolved. But I have no idea what actually happened.
There's something about magical toenails (I think). A part with a corrupt American politician (perhaps?). Something about someone getting arrested for inappropriate public sexual relations (I think). Oh, and I may remember Beethoven's flatulence (maybe).
I'll be honest - I got lost in this book. There was some magic, some politics, some romance and some mystery. But at the end of the book, I really couldn't tell you a synopsis of what happened. I'm hoping that the second time through I'll be able piece the story together a bit better than I was the first time.
I'll let you know how that goes.