The Magicians of Venice Book 1 by Amy Kuivalainen
Published on: September 19, 2019
The Immortal City is fantasy/mystery story set in modern times, but focusing on the lost city of Atlantis. It didn’t work 100% for me, but it was still a nice book that I believe some will really enjoy.
In the heart of Venice, a woman is sacrificed to a forgotten god, sparking a mystery lost for thousands of years.
Dr. Penelope Bryne is ridiculed by the academic community for her quest to find the remnants of Atlantis, but when an ancient and mysterious script is found at a murder site, she flies to Venice determined to help the police before the killer strikes again.
Penelope has spent her entire life trying to ignore the unexplainable and magical history of Atlantis, but when she meets the enigmatic Alexis Donato, everything she believes will be challenged. Little does she know, Alexis has spent the last three years doing his best to sabotage Penelope’s career so doesn’t learn the truth—Atlantis had seven magicians who survived, and who he has a duty to protect.
As Alexis draws her into the darkly, seductive world of magic and history, Penelope will have to use her heart as well as her head if she is to find the answers she seeks.
With the new MOSE system due to come online, and Carnivale exploding around them, Penelope and Alexis will have to work together to stop the killer and prevent dark magic from pulling Venice into the sea.
I’ve always found Atlantis to be an intriguing story plot because of all different avenue’s an author can go down to create their story. Does it still exist? What happened? Is anything left? In The Immortal City, the author uses modern day world to begin the tale. At the beginning the book feels like a crime novel, a mystery/thriller that I found such a nice change of pace for a book in the fantasy genre. Slowly we begin to engage with the mystery and what clues they can find, but then Alexis, an Atlantean, enters and the fantasy part of the story begins to merge with the crime novel portion.
Once we meet Alexis, our exposure into the Atlantean world begins, which takes us in a new phase within the book. At that point we begin to get to know of its culture, magical system, history, and about other Atlanteans. I will add that I found it rather disturbing once I learned the lengths they will go to protect their Atlantis secrets and I appreciated how Penelope didn’t immediately trust them, although I probably would have been wary a lot longer than she was. However, the ritual murders are never completely forgotten in these sections of the book and eventually the reader is brought back to the crime they are trying to solve. However, solving the crime only brings more questions that don’t necessarily have answers – at least answers, yet.
Overall I liked the story and thought it was nicely done, but it was also a mixed-bag for me too. The middle section wasn’t always my cup of tea as there was a lot more focus on romance and the history of the Atlanteans than I had expected and less on fantasy or the main overall mystery. Although I didn’t love it and probably won’t continue in the series, it was set up nicely for the next in the Magicians of Venice series, Book 2.
Rating: 4 stars