The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu – First Impression #1

I got the first 50 pages of this book from bookishfirst.com and this is my first impression

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Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fantasy
Publication Date: Mar 03 2020
My First Impression Rating:5starNew

Synopsis (1)

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.

FirstImpression (1)

The synopsis and the gorges cover captured my attention immediately. Historical fiction blended with fantasy and magic? Yes, please! But when I read the prologue I was a concern that this book want’s for me.  The writing looked a little too poetic for my liking and it was written in first-person POV which I don’t tend to prefer. But, when I got to the first chapter I changed my mind.

The writing in the rest of the chapters is not as poetic as the prologue but it’s still beautiful and easy to follow. The story is told in such a way that first-person POV is exactly the way this story should be told.

The story is very intriguing for the first pages.  I gave me vibes of Narnia mixed with Peter Pan. A magic word that appears out of nowhere and a lost boy that offers her to make her dreams come true.

Nannerl, even from the first pages, is a complex character trap between her love for music, her will to be remembered, impressing her father, and the love of there brother.

After those 50 pages, I’m very intrigued by this story and I would love to read the full book.

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