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The search for the legendary ring of King Solomon has begun, and Penelope must sift through its long and convoluted history of lost emperors, crusaders, and other famous historical figures—including one with whom the magicians share their own complicated past— if she hopes to find it in time.

As Penelope's magic continues to grow stronger with the coming high tide, she and Alexis will have to depend upon each other more than ever to keep everyone they care about safe from the continuing attacks by Thevetat’s priests.

When the magical high tide finally peaks, the long-awaited battle against Thevetat will begin, and Penelope, Alexis, and the magicians will have to rely on both powers of old and new if they hope to defeat their enemy once and for all.

344 pages, Hardcover

First published June 24, 2021

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Amy Kuivalainen

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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.

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Profile Image for Alex (HEABookNerd).
1,658 reviews228 followers
October 14, 2021
THE KING’S SEAL was a great conclusion to Penelope and the Magicians' battle against Thevetat and his evil priests. This whole series is chock-full of historical references but this one especially used them. It’s not an area of history I’m at all familiar with but I really enjoyed it and liked the small ways Amy Kuivalainen incorporated the Magicians into real life historical events.

Once again, Penelope and Alexis were so swoony and amazing! By now they’ve pretty much cemented their relationship and any angst comes from external sources. Together Penelope and Alexis are a magical powerhouse and I loved the way they supported and cared for each other. Alexis is so protective of Penelope but he also respects her strengths and never wants to hold her back. They’re also both such big nerds when it comes to books and history and those moments were really cute.

Just like the previous books, I loved the secondary characters like Marco and the other Magicians, especially Zo. I love when books have strong secondary characters who play significant roles in the story so that’s been a highlight of this series. Phaidros and Aelia especially get a lot of page time in THE KING’S SEAL as they finally begin to heal their relationship.

My only very minor complaint is that the final confrontation felt a little quick and simplified considering how much build up went into finding a way to defeat Thevetat, but ultimately I’m not too bothered by it. Overall, a really enjoyable read and this series has solidified Amy Kuivalainen as a new favorite author.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Content Warning: references to a secondary character being raped in the past
Profile Image for Jessa Rodrigues ☕ (decafJess).
553 reviews105 followers
June 3, 2021
I had stumbled upon book one in this series, The Immortal City, by chance and LOVED it. I eagerly awaited books two and three, and whenever they arrived they went right to the top of the reading pile.

There is no good way to summarize the final book in a series without spoiling the events of the earlier stories. Suffice to say, if you like alternate history fantasy, female academic leads, urban fantasy, and romance adventure, this is the tale for you.

Recommended for fans of A Discovery of Witches. (especially those of us who hated the end of that series, because this series ends well!)

arc received from the publisher to review
Profile Image for Annarella.
10.9k reviews105 followers
August 14, 2021
I liked this series and liked the final installment.
It's an entertaining and gripping read.
Good world building and character development, a satisfying concludsion.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Profile Image for Charley.
59 reviews
April 21, 2023
An entire trilogy trying to find a way to defeat an all powerful demon in battle and the battle is a grand total of 6 pages at the end of the book….. this was the the most anti-climactic thing I have ever read. The entire fight between the demon and the main character spanned EIGHT LINES.
Profile Image for Nikki Fathauer.
81 reviews2 followers
May 6, 2022
So much journey and learning for the characters comes together beautifully at the end. So much to process here.
Profile Image for Kae.
117 reviews23 followers
August 9, 2021
A satisfying ending to a wild adventure of a trilogy. These Magicians will be in my heart forever and the history woven throughout the series will keep me in research rabbit holes for years to come.
Profile Image for Brigitte.
218 reviews4 followers
June 15, 2021
The story opens with Penelope’s grief. Tim’s death brought the apocalypse much closer to home and Penelope has a hard time reconciling with that. Because of her situation, she hasn’t been able to process the loss so it creeps up on her throughout the novel. Since her relationship with Tim was fraught in the last book, The King’s Seal allows her to remember the good times, making his loss affect her deeply. This also makes her more anxious and prone to being overwhelmed. It isn’t often that the effects of grief are dwelled on, so I really liked what Kuivalainen did here.

Penelope’s relationship with Alexis also changes. The looming end of the world does nothing to dampen their love for each other, neither do the constant challenges that arise. Just like the previous book, they both calm each other’s anxieties, with Alexis being especially attentive to Penelope’s grief. Kuivalainen makes their relationship even more delightful by avoiding tropes that would separate them for the drama of it all, which I found a welcome break from love triangles.

One thing that stood out, however, was Alexis’ need for control. He struggles with letting go, especially when it comes to Penelope’s safety, even towards the end of the series. This left the occasional bad taste in my mouth as it could’ve been done better. As is, it comes off as a lot of telling without many actions to show it from his part.

Amy Kuivalainen looks beyond her main couple in The King’s Seal. While there are few chapters from Lyca’s POV, Marco’s chapters more than make up for it as the book explores their friendship. A welcome break from all the romance, those two make the perfect team and I would gladly experience more of their adventures. Finally, Kuivalainen delves into the relationship between Aelia and Phaidros. The long time rivalry between the two comes to a peak in this final book and it was fascinating to see how it all unravelled. As far as other side characters go, there’s another immortal brought in to stir things up, while Elazar also makes a reappearance.

The plot in The King’s Seal is much like in previous books. There’s a lot of research to further the plot, along with another treasure hunt for Solomon’s Ring. It had a good pace, with mounting tension that cumulated in the final battle and a lovely ending full of hope. There were times when the research or history slowed the book down a little, but not to the extent that I would call it ‘dragging’. Without spoiling too much, the ending felt somewhat rushed. At 275 pages, adding another 20 or 30 wouldn’t have changed the length significantly, but it would have allowed for a more satisfying ending.

As far as the writing goes, I didn’t find much that stood out. Kuivalainen’s dialogue is stilted at times but the prose flows well. She still weaves the Atlanteans throughout history in a fascinating manner, this time delving into the relationships they created along the way. The pacing was good enough, but I continue to think Kuivalainen’s strength lies in her characters.

All in all, I enjoyed The King’s Seal by Amy Kuivalainen. I would have liked to see more character development from some and a little more plot at the end of the novel. This final book outshines its prequel to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. If you were a fan of the previous ones, don’t hesitate to pick this up!

Editor’s note: This book is classified as adult, and as such it contains on-page sex scenes and depictions of violence/death.
Profile Image for Anne Morgan.
690 reviews15 followers
June 26, 2021
The King's Seal is the third and final book in the Magicians of Venice trilogy- here Penelope and the magicians must find the Ring of Solomon to help them defeat Thevatat and his plan to not only provide a body for himself but also unleash more demons on the world. Penelope learns more about the complicated histories of her friends, meets an emperor, and begins to try and understand her place in this magical world- which includes understanding powers of her own.

The Magicians of Venice is definitely a trilogy that should be read in order. Each book builds on the other as pasts are unveiled, alliances formed, and the danger Thevatat and his followers presents build to the ultimate climax. But it isn't all terror at the coming fight. Like in The Immortal City and The Sea of the Dead, Amy Kuivalainen takes time to develop her cast of characters and provide bits of the joy, awe, and sorrow that must come from being immortal. Meeting the emperor Constantine brings up emotions from all of the magician's pasts and when the Sforzas and Medicis are brought into the mix we get to see Phaidros and Aelia at some of their most emotional states (both for better and worse). Thankfully in a house of magicians there's always someone able to put the thrown china and other breakables back together.

I enjoyed the continued thread of Phaidros and Aelia in their will-they-won't-they relationship, especially since we finally get to see Aelia at her most vulnerable and hear why they haven't gotten together when the two of them seem to be the only ones who don't realize they are in love with each other. With the continuing threats Alexis is at some of his fiercest Defender moments, but there are also delightfully sweet and tender scenes with Penelope as she helps him remember the good that was Atlantis and not just the wars. Penelope continues to be her strong and stubborn self, refusing to be overawed by ancient magicians or murdering demons. She and Marco take things in admirable stride, no matter what weirdness gets thrown at them. Constantine helps shake things up but also helps bring together the final battle and fits well into the mix.

At first reading I thought the final battle was a little anticlimactic, but after thinking about it for a few minutes I changed my mind. No spoilers here but I think it ended exactly the way it should have. In the end, life goes on and learning to celebrate the joys as well as the sorrows is something even immortal magicians need to learn. Kuivalainen wrapped things up beautifully, but maybe we can still hope for more in this world of hers. Constantine may be a jerk at times but would be an interesting spin off, as would focusing on some of the magicians we get less of like Zo or Galenos and Lyca Even more interesting would be going back to Atlantis and the first wars that ended the island. But even if this is the last book Kuivalainen writes in this world, it is certainly a world we can be grateful we can return to any time, just by picking up the books. It is certainly one I plan on returning to frequently.

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Profile Image for Ray Curto.
117 reviews2 followers
June 25, 2021
I was given a free copy of the King’s Seal by Amy Kuivalainen (author), BHC (publisher), and Net Galley to provide an honest review. King’s Seal is the third in the Magicians of Venice trilogy with Immortal City (Book 1) and Sea of the Dead (Book 2) already available.

Trigger Warning: Sexual Scenes

This review will be spoiler free.

I would characterize King’s Seal as urban fantasy with romance involving immortals.

I did not read neither Immortal City nor Sea of the Dead, but I was not confused or lost as I read King’s Seal.
The story takes place in modern day, and it serviced the story, but it did not detract or distract from the story.

A strength of this story is Ms. Kuivalainen inserts information about history in such a way that is interesting for the most part. She primarily does this through dialogue as one of the immortals reminisces or shares a memory of something that may have happened thousands of years ago. When the character is talking about a historical event, he or she makes it sound personal to the character because the he or she drops in a bit of color that adds an extra layer to the historical event. The bits of history worked better in the beginning of the story and less so in the latter parts which I mention later in this review.

Magic is important aspect of the story. The main character has started to develop the ability to use magic and the way Ms. Kuivalainen features the magic makes it feel that it is another character in the story. The magic system is very amorphous, and it is something akin to a soft magic system.

The strongest aspect of the story are the characters. I found the main character, a historical researcher, to be entertaining, and engaging. Her learning about her magic abilities and her relationship with an immortal, made her character arc very compelling and I wanted to follow her on her journey as I read the story. Her love interest is very engaging and he something to do in this story other than being the love interest of the main character. Each of the side characters had something to do in this story, was unique, and added another layer and complexity to the story.

I did have a quibble about the antagonists/villains in the story. I did not necessarily want to get a perspective from one of the bad guys to understand the motivation, but I found them to be nothing more than the typical mustache-twirling villains.

Another quibble I had with this story is that the flow of the story slows to a crawl in some parts of the middle and near the end of the story. I was not taken out of the story, but I was skimming because the bits of history that I found interesting in the beginning of the book was a little less interesting in latter parts. I felt like I was reading part of history books as opposed to a novel.

Nevertheless, I found King’s Seal to be an overall enjoyable read. I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy urban fantasy with romance and a healthy dose of history.

I rate King’s Seal 4 stars.

I would like to thank Amy Kuivalainen , BHC Press, and Netgalley for the free arc.
Profile Image for The Mythical Bookshelf.
252 reviews1 follower
April 9, 2022
Penelope found his hand under the table and squeezed it. God, she loved it when he talked about supporting her and staying out of her way.

This was so good but so bittersweet. I didn't want this series to end, but it ended so beautifully that I can't complain. The action, the romance, the plot line - all of it was superb. The writing was so eloquent and interesting, and the dialogue was amazing (as always with Amy Kuivalainen). The banter between the characters literally had me laughing out loud at some points. Like I wish I could be half as witty as the dialogue in this book.

Penelope stood up on tiptoes and kissed Alexis. He was home and love and magic, and if she died tomorrow, he'd be right beside her. Instead of making her feel vulnerable, that thought filled her with a strength she didn't know she was capable of.

I've probably developed an unhealthy attachment to the characters in the book, but it's hard not too when they're written so well. This book expanded on Penelope's role within the Magicians of Venice, and the effect it had on her relationship with Alexis. The complexities of Aelia and Phaidros's relationship were also expanded on. I think the most unexpected part of this book (besides some of the more major plot points and events) was how much I grew to enjoy Lyca's character. This book definitely included more insight into her abilities as well as how she truly feels towards Penelope, the other magicians, and the war with Thevetat. Taking Marco under her wing was the icing on the cake though. Honestly the magicians (as well as Elazar, Marco, and Constantine) are the found family of a reader's dreams.
Profile Image for Debra.
287 reviews7 followers
April 19, 2021
This is book three of a trilogy, so reading the first two is a must before diving into this one.

I always dislike reviewing/finishing a series. There are very few series that live up to my expectations, especially when I've fallen in love with the characters and do not want to see the journey end.
The same definitely holds true for "The King's Seal." I have been obsessively waiting for the third book to be released (publication date: June 24th, 2021)-- and then once I received the ARC edition of the book, I couldn't bring myself to read it. I want Alexis, Penelope, and the rest of the cast of characters to continue to have adventures to read about.

"The King's Seal" was fast-paced at times- there was an urgency to understand how to defeat Thevetat and Abbadon that had been building from the previous book. I felt that the flow of the series was going very well, until I noticed I was 93% of the way through the book and knew the book was at its end. Unfortunately, I felt that the last portion of the book was rushed to completion. There could have been at least another 20-30 pages to pull together all of the loose ends and make the ending more satisfying. There was a lot at stake, and it ended up being considerably anti-climactic.

I still love this series. All three books will definitely be featured in paperback in my collection and recommended to my friends who want to read a fun fantasy/romance. I just wish there was more to the end than there was.
Thank you Netgalley and BHC Press for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Tay.
101 reviews6 followers
October 14, 2022
The story picks back up with Penelope and the magicians as they begin the search for King Solomon’s ring, believing that it may be a way to stop Thevetat’s followers. To find it they first have to track down it’s previous owner, Constantine, despite the history he may have with the magicians.
Penn searches for the ring and any other way to stop Thevetat from returning, while also learning more about the magic she holds and her role in the prophecy. Destiny has brought each of them down a path towards each other in order to stop Thevetat’s plans. The question is, will it lead them to victory or defeat…

It has a love triangle, magical items, a quest, historical figures and references, gods, rescues, visions, more magic, love and found family.

Aelia and Phaidros got me in this one. Their story is complicated and has baggage but the moments where they give in to their feeling are some of my favorites.
Shout out to Constantine who kept things interesting.

Penn and Alexis still have my heart and Alexis is still everything! She embraces being a magical boss and he brings more overprotective, loving, moments that I was all about.

The ending didn’t exactly pack the punch I thought it would, but I still really enjoyed how it ended for all these characters that I’ve grown to love. It’s like this whole journey was necessary so they could be brought together and I love that.

“Your fate will change and change again, because ultimately, you are it’s servant, not it’s master. We are keepers of the flame, not the flame itself.”
Profile Image for Maddy Max.
1,327 reviews60 followers
April 7, 2022
The Magicians of Venice was such a great and underrated series! I was not ready for it to come to an end but I loved every page of The King's Seal. This third and last book was so well written, it made want to weep. One of my favorite aspects of this trilogy stays the little pieces of alternative history that Amy Kuivalainen put in her story. It was so fun and fascinating!

I will miss the characters deeply. Each of them was so unique and lovable, it's impossible not to want to go back and spend more time in their company. Also, was I the only one who shipped Zo and Constantine? Tell me I'm not the only one.

Overall, I'm more than happy with how this trilogy ended.

Honorable mention: the friendship between Marco and Lyca is the one I never knew I needed until I had it. It was amazing.

Profile Image for Angela Stephens.
59 reviews
December 31, 2021
A Great Finish

I devoured this book. I am still so in love with the world that Amy has built. Not only is Venice a wonderful city to write about but she adds Rome and Florence and some absolutely stunning sites like the Duomo. She then teleports you to Greece, another of my favorites and lets you worry about the world ending and the characters you’ve grown to love over the last two books finally meet their end. Grab a glass of wine, make yourself a snack and curl up with Pen, Alexis and the rest of the gang as they search for King Solomon’s Ring, and attempt to stop an ancient demon in desperate search to not only regain a permanent place in our world but also bring along his daemon friends.
Profile Image for Meghan.
101 reviews1 follower
May 18, 2022
Similar to my review from the first two books, The Immortal City and The Sea of the Dead:

Magic. Venice. Immortal Atlantians.


A good conclusion to the story of the immortal Atlantians and those trying to destroy them and take over the world. We add new characters to the story, which only enhances it overall. I really wish we got to see more of Penelope's new magic, I felt there was a lot of build up for not much action on that front. Yes, she does a banger at the end, but it seems disjointed. I was *still* left wanting in regards to the romance, because it seems Penelope and Alexis have the potential for a great love story, but it felt super low key. But, I'm a sucker for romance, so there's that.
Profile Image for Alina Reardon.
78 reviews
June 26, 2022
2.5 stars

I HATE that I didn’t like this book. The first in the series was brilliant but this was paced so poorly. The first 95% was just theorising, plotting, researching and endless talking, just for it all to be wrapped up in a few pages right at the very end.

The mention of famous historical figures got old really quickly. It felt like the author was just trying to cram in as many big names as possible.

Idk I’m so annoyed because I loved the premise of the books but it just got so dull.
Profile Image for Daniel Rose.
116 reviews1 follower
July 7, 2021
The story left something to be desired. I liked the modern take on ancient magic, the sex scenes were revolting. By the end I felt like I was reading something I just couldn't care enough about. I just plain didn't like the book which is saying something because it really has to be bad for me to not like it especially when fantasy my favorite genera is involved.

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44 reviews
October 25, 2022
I absolutely loved the first book in this series. Enjoyed books 2 and 3. This final installment rests heavily on ancient history, and while interesting, was a bit difficult to get through at times. The “final battle” felt very anticlimactic and though I appreciated that it did not drag on for chapters, could have been a bit more in depth. Overall a good series and an interesting, fresh take on mythological fantasy.
Profile Image for Ann Ayers.
46 reviews
January 18, 2023
Great finale to an exciting series.

I love these books. The author does a great job wrapping everything up in this final book. I love her research into actual historical figures and how she weaves them into the story. Her character building is wonderful, I found myself invested in finding out what was going to happen with the characters. I love the sense of humor and bantering she included to make the characters more relatable and even more likable. What a great series!
Profile Image for Laura Cirne.
45 reviews12 followers
May 29, 2023
I loved this trilogy so much, and I'll probably re-read it soon.
I just found the ending a little rushed, to be honest I wish the final battle had been a little more dramatic (without anyone dying of course) and even though I loved the epilogue I would have liked to know more details about how their lives turned out, the magic and immortality.
Anyway, this was a delightful read, full of adventure and romance the way I love it. I'm looking forward to read more books by this author.
Profile Image for Anna Szabó.
469 reviews3 followers
March 21, 2021
Addictive and wonderful and I want more. I was sorry to read that The King’s Seal is the last book in the series because just like Penelope I fell in love with Venice and it’s magicians.

I higly recommend all three books because they pulled me out of my everyday life and kept me reading and made me laugh and cry.

The ending left me a dissatisfied though. It felt rushed. I expected an epic fight between Penelope and Thevetat but I was disappointed. So 4 stars from me. I still loved this journey and I’m sure I will reread the whole trilogy someday.

Thank you to NetGalley and BHC Press for my copy and Amy Kuivalainen for giving us this amazing and magical story.
Profile Image for Katherine.
286 reviews
May 23, 2021
I've been a fan of this trilogy since the beginning. I couldn't possibly love these characters more. While the end may appear rushed, it's not. I'm over long, drawn-out, gratuitously violent battle scenes. I appreciated that they had a well-executed plan to defeat the enemy. That's how super dope, 10,000 year-old magicians roll.

Profile Image for Polina Ganeva.
24 reviews
August 7, 2021
A good ending to the series. I didn't enjoy Book Two as I felt it lacked stakes but this was rectified in Book Three, where the relationships were great and the action was wonderful. I enjoyed Penelope's new powers and how her relationship with Alexis and his past unfolded. Overall, I enjoyed the series and the beautiful world.
Profile Image for Kayla.
125 reviews
December 23, 2022
This was a very long winded conclusion with the fastest resolution I have ever read. After all that....... It was that easy? Disappointed as the first book was SO AMAZING and the series just progressively got weaker. So many info dumps in this one and honestly, I was over Alexis and Penelope and wanted all of the Phaidros and Aelia content.
Profile Image for BRT.
1,419 reviews
July 24, 2021
I have enjoyed this series about immortal magicians from the city of Atlantis joining with a human police detective and an archeologist to thwart an evil magician. This concluding book had quite a bit of build up, however interesting it may have been but ended with a very small climax.
Profile Image for Lilly.
21 reviews3 followers
September 27, 2021
What a brilliant trilogy. Everything about this was just fantastic. The writing was phenomenal, the characters were amazing. I was hooked from the first page of the first book and didnt stop reading till I finished them all. Now I'm having the worst book hangover of my life!
Profile Image for Katie.
85 reviews1 follower
October 4, 2021
DNF @ 50% because I just… don’t care about the story anymore. It isn’t bad, by any means, and I did really enjoy seeing the integration of different ancient civilizations through each book. But I’m bored.
Profile Image for Victoria Lederer.
216 reviews
January 7, 2022
A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. I do agree with some of the other reviewers in that I felt the book was one big build into a battle that was only 10 pages (if that); still an enjoyable read and fun to have the cast of characters back for one last adventure!
Profile Image for Megan.
82 reviews
July 4, 2022
Love. It took the set up from the second book and just ran with it. The mysteries, the growth, the magic was all so great. It all wrapped super fast and I felt a little let down by that...but it made me cry twice and hit my emotions that it still gets the 5 stars.
Profile Image for Courtney Troyer.
130 reviews
August 9, 2022
This series was all I could’ve wanted it to be. A deliciously slow burn for some characters. And a sweeping connection for others.

Alexis is a top 5 book boyfriend for sure, and I CANNOT wait to dive into the rest of Amy’s books!
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