The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
March 3rd, 2020
Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.
Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.
And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.
In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically-told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.
To sum all that up, we’re throwing magic into the childhood of the famous composter Wolfgang Mozart and his older sister. What I’m saying is we’re being given a book about siblings that’s historical fiction and about composers AND it’ll be by Marie Lu. I have a mighty need. Also, Lu has stated that it’s a standalone and if you’re like me, sometimes you want everything tied up nicely in a single book. No loose ends, no cliff-hangers – a full story without having to commit to an entire series.
When I was looking into this, I found out that there was a ballet of the same name. I couldn’t quite figure out how it was that the ballet and book came to have the same name and the same subject so I dug around a little more. It turns out that when the Mozart siblings were growing up they had an imaginary world they called ‘Kingdom of Back’ and I can’t help but hope that the magic in Lu’s novel is going to somehow be related to this world the siblings made up together.
I also just briefly want to mention how absolutely gorgeous this cover is because omg? It’s monotone and detailed and wonderful. I can’t wait to find out the significance of all the individual elements we can see on the cover – the two moons, the locket, the arrows piercing the root of the trees, the seashells. The border wraps all of that in frame so nicely. This feels like the type of cover I’d like to display face out on my shelves.
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