I freely admit to picking up books based on on the prettiness of their covers more than once. City of Dark Magic was one of the few times that I picked up a book based on the blurb on the front cover. Conan O' Brien, who is by far my favorite late night host and one of the invitees to my fantasy celebrity dinner party, is not a name that one usually sees on books. I might not have been surprised to see him blurbing a fellow comic's autobiography or something if that nature, but a work of fiction is more surprising. Though considering the fact that he was a History/English major at Harvard, it does make perfect sense. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Our sexually-liberated heroine is Sarah Weston, an academic whom specializes in the work of Beethoven. She's reeling from the news that her mentor has allegedly committed suicide when a charismatic man named Nicholas comes to her on behalf of the prince of Prague, offering her a job cataloging Beethoven's manuscripts (a job previously held by her mentor). Sarah reluctantly agrees, finds herself living in a castle among a strange and diverse group of academics--and a handsome prince. Before too long, Sarah finds herself embroiled in a historical mystery that spans centuries, and might just put her life in mortal danger. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But you didn't mention the tantric sex, you say! Oh yes sex, there's plenty of that. If you lean more conservative when it comes to portrayals of sex, this might not be the book for you. Sarah is a woman whose life is largely consumed by academia, but when she lets loose, girl reallllllllllly lets loose. I will say that she does practice safe sex though, which is refreshing to see.
Many may find themselves drawn to Prince Max, whom I'll admit is dreamy in his way, but I found myself more drawn to Nicholas. It is likely because his character was largely based on Peter Dinklage, whom I love. (Give me Tyrion over Jon Snow any day.) He's smart and sarcastic--and might just be hiding a few secrets of his own. He was definitely one of the most compelling characters to me.
This book is for anyone who likes their fiction strange and sexy.