Black Friday is here and we’re discussing the season with Magnus Flyte’s Nicolas Pertusato from City of Dark Magic.
Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood.
Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide.
City of Dark Magic could be called a rom-com paranormal suspense novel—or it could simply be called one of the most entertaining novels of the year.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away two copies of City of Dark Magic.
Nicolas Pertusato’s Christmas Shopping List: 1598
Tycho Brahe – red plastic light up nose
Emperor Rudolf II – two headed calf
Rabbi Loew – “Golem” size long underwear
Will Shakespeare – book about Danish royalty
Queen Elizabeth I – 50 Shades of Gray
Michelangelo – dinner with my friend David
Cesare Borgia – that new undetectable poison
Miguel Cervantes – weekend at writers’ retreat in windmill country
Sir Francis Drake – treasure map of Mexico
John Harvard – book on how to found a college
Dr. John Dee – “real” crystal ball
Niccolo Machiavelli – chess set
Caravaggio – either “How to Illustrate the Bible” or subscription to GLAD newsletter
Meet Magnus Flyte!
Biographical details about Magnus Flyte are sometimes conflicting. He appears to have operated under several identities, and may have ties to one or more intelligence organizations, including the CIA and a radical group of Antarctic separatists. A copy of the manuscript of City of Dark Magic, written on stationery from the Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakech using a manual typewriter, was received by mail at the offices of Penguin Books in New York in January 2012. It was postmarked on the Isle of Mull. On the back of the envelope were some marks in pencil: “snow bunting, whooper swan, loch torr, tawny owl, cailaich.” It is not known if Magnus himself, who has shown an interest in the migratory patterns of terns (but not buntings), mailed the manuscript, or a birdwatching friend simply mailed it from there while on vacation.
Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch are the women behind the man who is, or isn’t, Magnus Flyte. Howrey is a former dancer with the Joffrey II and the winner of an Ovation Award. She is the author of the novels The Cranes Dance and Blind Sight and lives in Los Angeles. Lynch is a television writer and former Milan correspondent for W magazine. She lives near Sequoia National Park in California.
Want to purchase Magnus Flyte’s novels?
City of Dark Magic
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Thank you Magnus Flyte for taking part in Literary Escapism’s Black Friday!
Magnus Flyte is giving away City of Dark Magic. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Did Nicolas forget someone on his shopping list? If so, who and what should he get them? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered. (US/CA only)
Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
All Black Friday contests will remain open until December 31st at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have. Have you checked out the other Black Friday contests yet? Check out the Master List to see all the Black Friday giveaways
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.