Behold- the power of music, and good writing!
Genre: Historical Fiction
Bookxpert Rating: 5/5
A huge thank you to the author Steve Moretti, and Shalini, for the review copy. I feel truly lucky to have read this series!
Two women connected by the same musical soul. Two composers transposed across time into each other’s world by the mysterious forces of a priceless 18th Century cello. In the final installment of the Song for a Lost Kingdom trilogy, Adeena Stuart and Katharine Carnegie search for the music that neither can complete on their own.
Finding themselves living three centuries apart and each assuming the identity of the other, Adeena and Katharine must overcome their own unique challenges, all the while hiding the truth of who they really are from those around them. Adeena is pregnant in Scotland following the slaughter at the Battle of Culloden in April 1746. Her husband James Drummond and his brother John Drummond, are being hunted as Jacobite traitors by the revengeful butchers of King George’s Hanoverian army. Sentenced to cruel deaths, they escape to Ireland only to find even greater danger in the ruthless cunning of Henry ‘Hangman’ Hawley who will stop at nothing to extinguish any further rebellion against English dominance over Ireland and Scotland. Adeena’s one comfort is the Duncan Cello and her music that inspires all who hear her perform. The cello is her companion through battles, fires, storms and floods. It is perhaps the only thing she can truly rely on.
Katharine meanwhile awakes in the year 2019, confused by even the simplest technologies and overwhelmed by the strange customs of the modern world. Pregnant from an unknown father, and uncertain about whether true love lies in the past or present, she finds respite in her music and the only thing familiar about this strange place – the Duncan Cello, now a prize artifact of the National Gallery of Canada.
Adeena and Katharine find a way to compose a score that reflects their turmoil in both their lives – ‘The Heart Beats in Time.’ Together they will see the story through to the final bars.
Song for a Lost Kingdom, Book III is a novel of music, history, and love that finds a way to conquer the barriers of time. Curl up with a copy and lose yourself in this fast-paced adventure that will keep you hooked until the final page.
Some things transcend time. Music is one of them. And in Song for a Lost Kingdom, it does so quite literally!
Adeena Stuart is a cellist working at a museum, when a special 18th century cello lands up at her museum for display. And miracles happen when she plays it- she’s transported back into time to become Katherine Carnegie. But as Katherine comes alive there, present day Adeena falls into a deep coma. Katherine needs saving, and it’s up to Adeena to do it. Will Adeena be up to the task, even with the enormous health and familial repercussions related to this ‘transformation’?
Exactly why and what does Katherine, a woman long dead, need saving from?
How can a woman of the twenty-first century become someone from the 18th century?
If you want to delve into a colorful world of Scottish history pentupled with romance, time travel, music, and thriller, Song for a Lost Kingdom is your go to series. I read the first two books in 2019, and was ruing the fact that the third book wasn’t out yet, so blown away was I with the concept. I even told one of my friends that if history was taught like this, everyone would be historians! Just knowing how the story ends is not enough, we have to know the in’s and out’s, the means to the end.
There’s the perfect amount of musical technicality that won’t overwhelm the non-musician, but the musician would revel in. Not to mention, there’s a thriller aspect of ‘What next, Will she do it? How will she manage it?’ that makes the book literally unputdownable.(As proof, I read 3 books of around 350 pages each, in four to five days, abandoning all other tasks).
The writing is super smooth, the plot is a perfect mix of several genres. Also, we are essentially getting two juicy stories for the price of one– Adeena’s story in today’s time, and Katherine Carnegie’s story from the 18th century. The author has very effortlessly switched between Adeena and Katherine, without confusing the reader between the two, which is a remarkable feat.
I really don’t think anyone will not enjoy this well-written, well thought out, uh-mazingly well researched series. So go for it and let me know after you’ve read it, if you’re not as blown away as I was.
About the Author:
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)! Now am I a full-time author, finishing up Book III in my Song for a Lost Kingdom trilogy, which also includes a novella Prequel. Audiobook versions of all the books in this series are on the way, including the Prequel which is now available. I grew up in London, Ontario (Canada) 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. I look forward to your feedback. Visit my website stevemoretti.ca for the latest news, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime!
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Other Stuff :
The Title:- Song for a Lost Kingdom- A lost kingdom is reached through a song(this is oversimplifying the story though)
Genre :- Historical fiction
Final Thoughts :- Go buy this series today and read it. You won’t regret it I promise.