The battle for Venice might be over, but the war is just beginning… Penelope's and Alexis's adventure continues in this exciting second installment of The Magicians of Venice series.
Penelope has accepted her role as the new Archivist for the magicians, but with war brewing on the horizon and the tide of magic on the rise, she's going to have to learn her way around this new and dangerous world if she has any hope of outsmarting their enemies.
When Penelope's friend and fellow archaeologist uncovers a scroll containing a magical secret lost in the Dead Sea for two thousand years, Penelope and Alexis must travel to Israel to find them before Abaddon and Kreios get there first.
To defeat Thevetat and his followers, they'll need to find a weapon capable of ending him for good. As her old life collides with her new, Penelope will soon discover the price of keeping the magicians' secrets safe.
A startling discovery in the Dead Sea becomes a prize in the brewing war between the magicians of Atlantis and the demon god Thevetat in the predictable second fantasy of Kuivalainen's Magicians of Venice series (after The Immortal City). Penelope Bryne struggles to acclimate herself to her new role as archivist of a rare collection of magical antiquities while simultaneously dealing with the unexpected courtship of Alexis, an Atlantean magician. When one of her colleagues, Tim, goes missing in Israel after uncovering a magical scroll, Pen and Alexis head out to find him and the excursion quickly takes a life-threatening turn as Thevetat and his followers race to get to Tim first. To defeat these enemies of Atlantis, Pen and Alexis must find an ancient weapon, and Pen discovers along the way that her new life of magic and mayhem requires the painful sacrifice of her old one. Kuivalainen infuses the Atlantis legend with dark magic to great effect, but glosses over worldbuilding details and populates her hazy myth with a slew of shallowly developed characters. The new take on Atlantis will be enough for some, but readers shouldn't expect anything substantial. Due to a production error, this review originally published as a starred review.