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, as City of Lost Dreams
does. The follow-up 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. A collaborative effort between authors Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch, who work together under the name Magnus Flyte, the books incorporate the juicy parts of history -- the madmen, perverts, artists and prophets -- into rollicking stories full of humor and adventure. Howrey and Lynch will be in town to discuss and sign the books on Friday, January 17
at the Tattered Cover Colfax
, and we caught up with Howrey in advance to find out how the collaboration came to be, how it differs from typical fantasy, and how you research books so rich with oddball historical details.
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