ARC Review: The Sea Of The Dead (The Magicians of Venice #2) by Amy Kuivalainen

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Hello fellow bookworms, today I’d like to share my thoughts about The Sea Of The Dead by Amy Kuivalainen. The second book in her urban fantasy series, The Magicians of Venice. My thanks to the publisher BHC Press (via Netgalley) for the advanced eBook.

Quote from The Sea Of The Dead

Penelope looked her in the eye. “I don’t have any expectations of you Lyca. You need to avenge what happened to Nereus and Galenos. Alexis needs to track Abaddon and Kreios down, not babysit me. I’m not delusional. I know I’m not going to be useful in a fight, only in a library.”

Lyca put down her hammer. “I only wanted to establish where we stand. You are your own responsibility.”

“As I’ve always been.” Penelope turned to leave, but Lyca stopped her.

”Do you have a picture of what that Stark man built? I’d like to see it.” It was as close to an olive branch that Penelope was ever likely to get from the warrior magician.”

My Overall Rating: 5/5

Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5

What’s The Sea Of The Dead about?

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ARC Review: The Sea Of The Dead (The Magicians of Venice #2) by Amy KuivalainenMy Rating:
Title: The Sea of the Dead by Amy Kuivalainen
Series: The Magicians of Venice #2
Published by BHC Press on 17 September, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
No. of Pages: 292

The battle for Venice might be over, but the war is just beginning… Penelope’s and Alexis’s adventure continues in the second installment of The Magicians of Venice series.

Penelope has accepted her role as the new Archivist for the magicians, but with war brewing with the priests of Thevetat and the tide of magic on the rise, she’s going to have to learn her way around her new and dangerous world if she has any hope of outsmarting their enemies.

When Penelope’s friend and fellow archaeologist, Tim, 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 him 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, and as her old life collides with her new, Penelope will pay the ultimate price to keep the secrets of the magicians safe.

Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦*

Read: 12th – 20th September 2020

Publication Date: 17th September 2020

What did I like about The Sea Of The Dead?

I’m extremely impressed with Amy’s writing style. It feels graceful and full bodied but still amazingly easy to read. I enjoy her prose; the way she weaves different languages into her tale while adding the archaic Atlantean. The ancient historical and magical languages added a depth of realism which was inspiring.

The Magicians of Venice series is an unexpected find that I will treasure.

I thought that the story in The Sea Of The Dead was intelligent and felt professionally researched and cleverly balanced myth and fantasy with the hard brutality of a suspense thriller.

I need my female protagonists to exhibit certain traits. She has to be intelligent, resilient and look after herself. Penelope proved to be all of these things and continued to grow and evolve during this adventure. However, this story isn’t just about Dr Penelope Bryne, there are a host of well-written characters in this book. Some we met in book 1, while others were introduced during the course of this story. However, each character played their part and helped the plot to move forward. I liked the way that Amy seemed to build upon our relationships with the entire supporting cast over the course of this book. Giving us further insights into their personalities, histories and motivation brought them alive in my imagination.

Crime thrillers aren’t my usual reading genre, especially ones involving brutal killers.

However, The Sea Of The Dead captured my interest and kept me hooked. It had me so captivated and invested in our protagonists that my emotions came thick and fast. I found myself blubbering like a baby as well as giggling out loud. Some of the scenes horrified and shocked me and I didn’t want to keep reading. It also had my blood boiling with fear and rage. However, the romance and love within its pages warmed my old romantic heart while the more erotic, sexual scenes hit all the right spots passion-wise *blush*.

Was there anything I disliked about it?

As you can tell by my rating, I really enjoyed this book. My only niggle was that I had already guessed a few twists before they had been revealed. There were a few growls at my Kindle because I was frustrated that these proven intelligent characters hadn’t already realised what I had worked out myself pages earlier.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that, as the second book in a new series, there are threads that are left to continue to book 3. However, rest assured dear reader, there’s no perilous life-or-death cliffhanger for our main characters to leave you bereft and frustrated. Woop!Woop!

Basically, what I’m saying is…

I really liked this gripping story and lost track time while reading it. The Sea Of The Dead has everything that I look for in a great read. There’s adventure, mystery, action, great characters, a little humour, and some wonderful romance.

Content Warning:

This book has graphic violence and explicit sex as well as some darker themes. Therefore, I’d only recommend this book to adults who are OK reading material of this nature.

I’d recommend The Sea Of The Dead to adults enjoy urban fantasy stories about myths and magic. Especially those who love modern crime thrillers – think Dan Brown – with the added layers of relationship drama – family, platonic and romantic.

Has my review of THE SEA OF THE DEAD (THE MAGICIANS OF VENICE #2) encouraged you to find out more? I really hope it has. Click on any of my links to check it out yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the series and its author.

The Magicians of Venice

A fantasy trilogy set in our modern world that draws inspiration from the world’s ancient past. From civilisations and mythology to the old forgotten Gods and Goddesses.

Books in the Trilogy

Magicians of Venice

Buy THE MAGICIANS OF VENICE in print and eBook formats through all the usual sources, including:

Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ The Book Depository ¦ Waterstones

About Amy Kuivalainen

Author - Amy Kuivalainen

Amy Kuivalainen is a Finnish-Australian writer that is obsessed with magical wardrobes, doors, auroras and burial mounds that might offer her a way into another realm. Until then, she will write about fairy tales, monsters, magic and mythology because that’s the next best thing. She is the author of The Firebird Fairytales Trilogy and The Blood Lake Chronicles series that mash-up traditional tales and mythology in new and interesting ways.

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my review. Don’t forget to clink on the links – I do enjoy adding to your teetering TBR piles. 😉

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Flora x

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(4) Comments

  1. Oh, I enjoyed the Immortal City and didn’t even realize she had a new book out in the series. I’ll have to check it out ❤️ Wonderful review ❤️

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Tessa. I’m really loving the series too. You can tell Amy really researches the topics.

  2. If it’s not your usual genre but it hooks you in anyway you know you’re really onto something!

    1. Flora says:

      Yes I know, I’m so excited to find an author in another genre that I’m loving. I’m chomping at the bit for the next book now, Lydia. Lol!

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