Today’s Waiting on Wednesday post is from one of my favorite authors who is taking the jump from dystopian and science fiction to historical fantasy. Oh yes, I’m talking about The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu!
Title: The Kingdom of Back
Author: Marie Lu – Her Website
Published By: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: March 3rd 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fantasy
Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.
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.
WHY I’M WAITING:
One, its a sibling story. I adore sibling stories – they tend to be my favorite because I’m really close to my siblings and I will never have a friendship or relationship like I do with my three brothers and two sisters. So I’m already sold by that.
Two, its one of my favorite things in the world – history. I majored in history in college and history has always been so fascinating to me and I adore historical fiction. I’m really excited that Marie is taking the leap into such a new and different genre!
Three, I like the idea of magic surrounding the story of Wolfgang Mozart and Nannerl. Music is already so magical and I love the addition of that. She could’ve just told the story without that but I have a feeling with magic and music, its going to be such a beautiful book.
Four, its Marie Lu. I’ll read anything she puts out. She could publish her grocery lists and I’ll still read it. No lie.