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City of Dark Magic – Giveaway

City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
464 pages
ISBN 9780143122685
Penguin | 27 Nov 2012

City of Dark Magic is the debut novel by the mysterious Magnus Flyte (pseudonym for authors Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch) and it has captured my imagination and interest – I can’t wait to read my copy which is due to arrive any day now. Due to the generosity of Penguin, I am delighted to offer FIVE U.S. readers the opportunity to win a copy of the book along with a set of themed buttons.


From the publisher:

Rollicking, sexy and wildly imaginative, CITY OF DARK MAGIC is the story of musicologist Sarah Weston who accepts an invitation to spend the summer at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts for the wealthy Lobkowicz family.  While there, she discovers a city filled with dark magic, where the fabric of time is thin and danger lies around every corner.  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.

Conan O’Brien raves, “This deliciously madcap novel has it all: murder in Prague, time travel, a misanthropic Beethoven, tantric sex, and a dwarf with attitude. I salute you, Magnus Flyte! And Kirkus Reviews says, “The riddle of Beethoven’s ‘Immortal Beloved,’ alchemy and clandestine love fuse in this fast-paced, funny, romantic mystery. … An exuberant, surprising gem.

This is one the most anticipated novels of the year and has also been included in CNN’s list of Hot Thrillers.  Check out this  great interview with the authors on The Huffington Post.

Here is the fun book trailer:


Magnus Flyte is a pseudonym for the writing duo of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch. 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. Visit their website to learn more about the book and their work.


This giveaway is open to US mailing addresses through December 7th at 5:00 pm PST.

There are TWO chances to win:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to read the book
  2. Go to Magnus Flyte’s Facebook Page and like it, then come back and leave me a second comment telling me you did that.

Please be sure to include a legitimate email address on the comment form so I can contact you if you win.

I will randomly draw FIVE WINNERS on December 8th and announce their names here on my blog. I will also email the winners to obtain their mailing addresses. The publisher will be mailing out the books and buttons.


FTC Disclosure: Book giveaways and featured book articles are NOT paid promos. Although books for giveaway will be supplied by the publisher (in most cases), Caribousmom does not accept payment to host these special events.


  1. November 28, 2012    

    I totally love thrillers, so that’s go me interested. I love magic, so that’s another plus. And I have high hopes that the “dwarf with attitude” is as awesome as it sounds. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. November 28, 2012    

    Wow, this sounds like a really fascinating book! I’m not normally into thrillers, but the whole magic, music, and Prague combo? I have got to try this!! Thanks for the giveaway Wendy! 🙂

  3. November 28, 2012    

    I’ve seen this book online in several locations (goodreads, etc.) and think it sounds very good! Very cool giveaway opportunity- thanks!

    akreese at hotmail dot com

  4. November 28, 2012    

    Anything related to time travel interests me, though I don’t usually read thrillers.
    emerging DOT paradigm @ yahoo DOT com

  5. November 28, 2012    

    I wanted to read this as soon as I saw it advertised on Shelf Awareness – it looks completely unique!

  6. November 28, 2012    

    I liked his Facebook page. 🙂

  7. November 28, 2012    

    I would love to read this book, Wendy. Magical realism, murder, sex, music- like the blurb says, this book seems to have it all!

  8. November 29, 2012    

    I liked the Facebook page also, Wendy!

  9. anne anne
    November 29, 2012    

    This fascinating novel is intriguing and unique. Thanks for this chance.

  10. Margie Margie
    November 29, 2012    

    This sounds like a magical book, with a mystery and a little bit of romance. A good combination!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Margie Margie
    November 29, 2012    

    “liked” the author’s Facebook page

  12. Elisabeth Elisabeth
    November 29, 2012    

    This sounds like an interesting book that is out of my comfort zone!

    ladybook21 at yahoo dot com

  13. November 29, 2012    

    I guess the biggest reason is because I’m in love with anything set in Prague. It’s one of my dream vacation spots.

  14. November 29, 2012    

    I liked the author’s facebook page.

  15. Cathie Cathie
    November 29, 2012    

    Since this is a thriller plus has magic and music, it is right up my alley. I love to read and this would be a first for this author for me.

  16. anne anne
    December 2, 2012    

    Liked the author’s facebook page.

  17. December 5, 2012    

    The description for this book looks really interesting. Also I studied music in college, and am always interested to read books that explore that interest.

    • December 5, 2012    

      I also liked the author’s page on Facebook.

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