Romance for the Fantastic

A good read for a day off

Jenelle Kalaf
Staff Writer

Good books can be found in the strangest of places, like in a $4 bargain bin at your local Kroger.
How could you go wrong?
“City of Dark Magic” by Magnus Flyte is a fairy-tale rom-com with a great concept that fell short through the narrative.
The story follows a music student who lands a job sorting the manuscripts of Beethoven. When her mentor suddenly commits suicide, she starts finding clues that suggest that he may have had a secret that somebody wanted to remain untold.
The story is very original. It’s not the cookie cutter compared to most tales of magic.
However, this doesn’t excuse the lack of a strong narrative. The whole novel is written in a passive tone.
But even with the passive voice, the fast paced structure makes it a compelling and sometimes witty read.
In the realm of sales, the fact that I stumbled across it in a bargain bin says something about this new author. What it says is not for me to decide.
What I do know: the novel is a fun read. It’s not challenging, but that doesn’t mean that it’s simple.
I recommend it for anyone who enjoys a fluffy fantasy, or even just a silly rom-com.

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