‘City of Lost Dreams’ by Magnus Flyte

‘Geniesse das Leben ständig! Du bist länger tot als lebendig!’
Constantly enjoy life! You’re longer dead than alive!

'City of Lost Dreams' by Magnus Flyte

I find that my most pleasurable reads are those novels filled with well-written and engaging characters – characters who are unique, surprising, and likable. I most especially enjoy a book where even the villains are memorable. In Magnus Flyte’s ‘City of Lost Dreams’ every character is so full of life and such joie de vivre you can’t help but get lost in their stories. Studious and brave Sarah, immortal and witty Nico, sexy and loyal Max, and innocent but brilliant Pollina create a dynamic cast and take a reader on an action-packed journey through the modern day cities of Vienna and Prague.

A combination of Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ and  J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ – with a decidedly adult twist – the book is historical, fantastical, imaginative, original, and an all-around 300 pages of fun. The story combines real and imaginary historical figures and events into a not-completely realistic but still believable tale of music, history, art, time-travel, alchemy, friendship and love.

Honestly … not a book I would have ever chosen for myself; but in the end, one I thoroughly and surprisingly enjoyed. My only regret was reading book two in the series prior to reading book one – but seeing as I normally read the last chapter of every book first, this really was a very small regret/inconvenience. Well, I’m heading off to the library to pick up book one now and I recommend you do the same.

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 2 {out of 5} stars | ★★☆☆☆
RATING: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆

This novel was gifted to Her Literary Salon by Penguin/Viking Books.