Author: Marie Lu
Publish Date: March 3, 2020
Thank you to Penguin Ten for providing a First Look of Marie Lu’s The Kingdom of Back via Bookishfirst.
The Kingdom of Back is about a Mozart, but not Wolfgang Mozart. It is the story of the untold Mozart, Marie Anna, or Nannerl, as she’s dearly called by her family. Nannerl wants to be recognized by her musical prowess, she wants to make her father proud and be recognized by the court musicians of Austria. She does not want to be forgotten, and a voice heard her. On what she thought was a make believe world comes a creature that would hear her wish, in exchange for something in return.
Kingdom of Back is enchanting! Every chapter just beckons you and hypnotizes you to read and read, like a Mozart piece. The writing is exquisite, it perfectly describes the music of late 1700s Austria, and the magic of this world is crisply described. Our characters are based on real people, and it establishes their relationships as we’ve known. I actually never knew about Marie Anna Mozart, and I love how Marie Lu wrote this story on her point of view with a theme of the fear of being forgotten. The story perfectly describes the siblings’ closeness as well as the rivalry that could possibly sprout because of their father’s ambitious plans. It just wrenches my heart to have the two of them so close but have rivalry simmering beneath that could fracture their relationship with one another.
Aside from the characters, the Kingdom of Back is actually real. From what I’ve read, it’s actually a made-up world of stories made by the siblings when they were children, and they were told to be the Queen and King of the Kingdom of the Back. And the fact that the author used this little tidbit to build a whole new world and a whole new story makes the Kingdom of Back promises a fresh premise and a new take on the Faery concept. It’s definitely my cup of tea and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. An anticipated read for 2020!