Title: Song For a Lost Kingdom
Author: Steve Moretti
Publisher: DWA Media
Pages: 316 pages
Year of Publication: July 16th, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Music is not bound by time…
Adeena Stuart is a struggling cellist ready to give up on her dream of landing a spot with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. All that changes when she receives a musical score, lost for almost 300 years in a Scottish castle, sent by her dying grandmother.
When the score is played on the oldest surviving cello ever made in the UK, the music connects Adeena directly to the past as Katharine Carnegie, struggling to find words to complete her symphonic tour-de-force in the midst of 18th Century political rebellion that is tearing apart Scotland and England.
But Adeena is not a scientist or historian. What she wants more than anything is to create and compose. As she is buffeted back and forth between the past and present, she grows to want more of the past, even though the promise of her most yearned-for professional dream is coming true.
With a clear voice that sets us in modern day Ottawa and old world Scotland, Song for a Lost Kingdom, Book I, begins a journey of discovery between two women who share the same musical soul and love for the same doomed man.
sex scene, sex abuse, violence
The book took place in two different lifetime, three hundred years apart, which somehow connected by one musical intrument. Katharine in 1745 and Adeena in 2017 both are really passionate Celist. It all started when Adeena received an ancient musical score that has been hidden for hundred of years, from her grandmother, the grandmother which everyone believe is delusional because her constant rambling about she being haunted every night by some long lost family. Turns out the woman from Adeena’s father side always went through the same thing which make everyone think it’s a family trait.
Adeena was taken back to 1745 as Katharine, when she played the score with an ancient cello, she found out later that she went back in time for a reason that could change the future forever. And of course nobody believes her, and her parents think she went nuts, just like all the women before her in their family.
I really like the concept of time travelling with a musical instrument, although I really find it unusual when it’s only her mind which travel back in time and her body stays in the present time, it makes me wondering what happened with the “real” Katharine in 1745 when Adeena’s mind take control of her body. The author also didn’t explained why this strange phenomenon happens now after three thousand years and why it’s happened only to Adeena. This book mixed up two unique concept about time travelling and reincarnation, it’s confusing but I still enjoy it.
The story is very engaging, although the start is a little bit slow and it annoys me because I really can’t wait to read the historical part, the pace found it’s perfect rhytm in the middle of the book, it flows so easily but then the pace get a bit rushed at the end.
The writing style is so good, especially the dialogs in the historical part. The author does know how to make the reader curious, the conflicts are not solved until the very end of the book and it makes me flipping the pages like crazy! And not to mention that ending, the cliffhanger is killing me, so cruel!
It’s a mixed up between reality and fantasy and the author did a very great job to differentiate both world. I love the historical part of the story, everything sounds so realistic, from the language, the dress, the situation, and the people, it makes me feel like I was there at the moment.
Adeena is a very ambitious and stubborn person, she kinda remind me of myself. She works hard to get what she wants, and she won’t let her personal life dragged her down from her dream and her ambition. I really admire her for stood up for what she really wants in her life, something I could never do.
I have always been drawn to passion and creativity in all its forms. I am equally fascinated by the mechanics of the universe and the characters of history. I have a special affection for the power of music which I believe is the universal language of human emotion.
My writing journey started in journalism, public relations and advertising then continued into software development (yes that involves writing)! Recently I finished a screenplay and my first novel, and am now embarking on this a full-time career.
I grew up in London, Ontario and also lived in Pompano Beach, Florida as a teenager. I moved to Ottawa and attended Carleton University many years ago and now live just south of the city with my wife, daughter and four dogs with attitude.
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