The most difficult part of quarantine for me has been the absence of that romantic rush I get leaving the house at night. When I shout to the star-filled sky, “I’m free!” and open the moon roof of my car to let in the wild wind while I head out to see a local band and enjoy the company of friends. I had to find something to replace that feeling, so I figured, maybe I should get into fantasy books….
Enter Song For a Lost Kingdom: Music is not bound by time. This book checks all of my boxes. It’s not a romance story, though there’s plenty of that–it’s filled to the brim with scandal, betrayal, danger, and best of all, music. Young cellist Adeena Stuart crosses paths with the Duncan Cello, an artifact from the 18th century that transports her across time when she plays a certain piece of music with unknown origins. There’s a definite connection between Adeena, the instrument, the notes on the page, the person who wrote them, and something beyond her scope of understanding is pushing her to find out just what that connection is.
I’m very excited about this book being the beginning of a series because I felt very drawn to this story about lost worlds and music. The characters are likable and relatable, and the time jumps between past and present keep me on my toes. There was never a point in the book where I felt a lag, or bored and every time I picked up the book to read I was swallowed by the story. The descriptions of orchestra, art, Scotland, and performance made me nostalgic for exploring the world again which made it a perfect Quarantine Read. This book was refreshing, to say the least, and I can’t wait to read the next installment.
Thank you to the author for providing a reader’s copy in exchange for my honest review.