Some novels take a while to get going, and some give you an immortal dwarf, a time-traveling corpse and an alchemical mystery before the end of the first chapter, like City of Lost Dreams does. The followup to the best-selling City of Dark Magic finds protagonist Sarah Weston in an adventure that weaves magic and alchemy with art, science and history for a different kind of fantasy.
"All the 'magic' and time-travel is all science-based. Weird science, but behind everything there is a sort of a rational explanation for what's going on. It's not fantasy in the sense of vampires, or alternative-world sort of stuff," explains Meg Howrey, who co-wrote both books with Christina Lynch under the name Magnus Flyte. "We weren't thinking genre, we were just thinking, 'Let's put all of our weird, eccentric, esoteric, nerdy tastes for history and science and music and art and travel and weird historical trivia — let's just find a place for them and have some fun.'"
Howrey and Lynch will discuss and sign the book starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue. Admission is free; the book is $16. For additional information, visit tatteredcover.com.