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The Immortal City || Ancient Mythology and Archeology – it could have been absolutely wonderful!

I received an Advanced Readers Copy from Netgalley but that does not in any view affect my views on this book. 




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.


When I requested this book, I was not very sure what to expect but as I started reading it, I was pleasantly surprised by the story.
While the plot was really amazing, the characters couldn’t match up to it, making the book turn out to be a little disappointing.
The plot was fast-paced and exciting, keeping you on your toes for a lot of time, but, I would have loved to see a little more development and focus on the characters so that we felt what they did and could relate to them.

Penelope felt like just a shadow of a character and sometimes, flawless. She was a combination of clichés and that did not resonate well with me. Everyone chooses wrongly sometimes, but it seemed like she never did and that put her on a pedestal where I couldn’t relate to her or bond with her.

Another problem I think was the dialogue which seemed unnatural at some moments. It did not flow very well, and just a few tweaks and editing could have really changed the whole book for me!

Overall though, it was an easy read, and I am glad to have read it.

Anyways, what did you all think of my post? Are you all going to read this book? Have you already read it? what did you think about it? Tell me in the comments below.

-Jayati xx


Hey! I am Jayati and this is my blog where I post stuff about anything and everything I like, but mainly books. I also post short stories that I write sometimes.

7 thoughts on “The Immortal City || Ancient Mythology and Archeology – it could have been absolutely wonderful!

  1. I’ve got a few more ARCs to get through before this one – but oof. honestly I didn’t really have initial expectations either, however connecting with the characters is always important for me, and awkward dialogue really bothers me. but hopefully I’ll at least enjoy the plot as much as you did!

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  2. I loved the plot as well, and found the dialogue forced at times but I think my biggest issue was actually the depth of descriptions. I wanted to be immersed in the world, especially the magical house, but I was never quite able to get there. Great review! Thank you for sharing it 🙂

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