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.
Kuivalainen (the Firebird Fairy Tales series) centers this passionate urban fantasy on the Atlantis legend. Dr. Penelope Byrne's theory of Atlantis's existence got her shunned in academic circles, but she has found part of a tablet from Atlantis and is certain it's real. When she receives an email from Venitian police inspector Marco Dandolo containing photographs of a murder victim and Atlantean glyphs written in blood, she flies to Italy to investigate. After another body appears, Penelope experiences magical incidents that lead her to Alexis Donato, an immortal Atlantean magician dedicating his life to protecting Atlantis and its people. While Alexis delves into his magic and explains how the murders may be sacrifices to the Atlantean god, Thevetat, his relationship with Penelope buds into romance. But as Carneval approaches, the final steps of Thevetat's plans take shape involving Penelope as the final sacrifice. Most of the story focuses on worldbuilding and setting the stage for future installments, but there's enough plot to keep pages turning. Fans of fantasy, murder mysteries, and romance will admire Kuivalainen's skill at combining the three.