After reading City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte, I couldn’t wait to dig into its sequel City of Lost Dreams. This time our protagonist Sarah Weston travels to Vienna and immediately is thrust into the middle of a odd events.
…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.
I’m not going to spoil the plot with too many details, but City of Lost Dreams was just as enjoyable as its prequel City of Dark Magic. I was a little thrown off by the change in voice by the story-within-a-story element but did adjust after a couple of chapters in that voice. The voice felt too modern compared to the main story with Sarah, Nico and Max.
Overall City of Lost Dreams was just as fun and entertaining. I have definitely fallen in love with Sarah (and her entertaining sex drive). Nico’s antics makes me laugh out loud. I look forward to reading the next book in the series!
I received a copy of the book for review.