Synopsis: 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.(Goodreads)
Publication Date: September 19th, 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Elements of Mystery
human sacrifices, mentions of sexual harassment, gore murders, descriptions about sacrifices,violence
The Immortal City was an adult fantasy with a murder mystery, romance, magicians and mythological elements. It is a book about the lost city of Atlantis. This book had a lot of good and interesting elements and an ensemble cast.
The main protagonist of the book was Penelope, an archaeologist obsessed with Atlantis and she finds a tablet in one of her digs which she believes is from Atlantis. She gets involved in a murder in Venice when a police officer, Marco, contacts her for help. Penelope was a good character in the sense that she was a smart academician and really passionate. But further in the book, she kind of loses the characterization and becomes a woman whose life revolves around the guy. She conveniently forgets to call her parents or best friend about her well being and I found that unnerving. The one thing which I liked about her was her love for books and how she goes crazy at the prospect of them.
Alexis, the male protagonist, is one of the six immortals and also is described to look like a Turkish Corsair. The others from his team include Phaidoras, Nereus, Lyca, Aelia and Zo. Their scenes together were fun to read about and gave a warm family feeling. Alexis was a good character but I think he was reduced to being the perfect leader who is always saving everyone. Penelope and his romance felt a little forced at times. It was a soulmate AU kind of romance and I am not the biggest fan of those.
There were many characters in the book and at times I would forget who some of them were. It was, as I said, a big ensemble cast.
The Story and Themes
The story was intriguing especially if you’re a fan of conspiracies and magical elements mixed with a side of murder mystery. It was well written and even though there was a lot of information at some points , it did not hinder the reading. The story tapered in the middle and the romance took centre stage while the murder and the other elements took a back seat. Since I was not a fan of the romance a lot, it affected my reading experience. The ending was predictable and I got the feeling of “just end it already”. Overall, the story was great but a lot of parts felt underwhelming for me.
The Pacing of the Book
The book was medium paced and it was an easy read for most part. The ending felt a little rushed and confusing to me and very predictable. It ended on a good note but I am not really sure if I would read the next part or not since this was book one of the series and I was not completely happy with it.
Magical Elements- A magical library and sentient mansion
I am mentioning this as a special point because I really liked this about the book. There was a huge magical library filled with hundred and thousands of books and it was described so well and made me want to be there too. The magical system was simple and and there was magic and science mixed in some parts. There was a sentient mansion which I found to be really interesting.
Overall, this book was good but not something which blew my mind off or thoroughly impressed me. If you’re a fan of conspiracy theories, mythology, fantasy side of murder mystery and soulmate romance then this book would be the book for you!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC and this has in no way affected my opinions.
Have you read this book ? Is it on your TBR ? Are you a fan of conspiracy theories ? Tell me about it !