Adeena receives an untitled musical score from her dying grandmother. It hadn’t been seen by anybody for three centuries and Adeena decides to play it for her audition at the National Arts Centre Orchestra. The Duncan Cello – the oldest cello, is on display at the National Arts Gallery where Adeena is an employee. Adeena steals the cello for her audition. When the musical score is played on a 300-year-old Cello, something magical happens that will change Adeena’s life for good.
Let me start by saying that this is one of the best fantasy fiction that I have ever read! It has been a long time since I read fantasy fiction – the last time was almost a decade and a half ago when I read The Harry Potter series. Not just Adeena, even I felt transported to the magical and mystical world.
The author’s writing style is simple and easy to understand. The story is smooth flowing – no beating around the bush or off-tangent scenarios. The concepts are well defined.
Characters and their role in the story : Adeena’s struggle with anything and everything in life; Tara, the loyal friend who always saves Adeena; Phillipe, the one-in-a-million boyfriend; Jackie and William – Adeena’s supportive parents; Friedrich Lang – the self-centered musician; Margaret Rose Stuart – Adeena’s grandmother who adores and believes in her.
The story takes a magical turn when Adeena plays the score on the Duncan Cello. I was awestruck by this new development in the story. As Adeena plays the cello, the story of Katherine and James are revealed. The story turns mysterious and magical as Adeena continues to play the Duncan Cello.
I loved the idea of teleporting/time-traveling to the 1700’s. And I loved the medical explanation of time traveling even more! The medical explanation of time traveling is definitely an intelligent and interesting twist by the author.
Adeena’s curiosity to know more about Katherine and James has no limits. She even decides to let go of something dearer in order to know more about Katherine and James! At some point, I felt bad for Phillipe. The guy is trying really hard to prove that his love is worth it but Alas! I felt happy for him as the story ended. “Why?”, you ask. Now… you do not want me to ruin the suspense, do you?
The ending was unexpected and full of suspense. My only question to the author is – When is the next book releasing? Like how one craves for a yummy chocolate cake, I am
craving waiting to read the next book in this series.
Song For A Lost Kingdom is a fascinating and riveting page-turner.
Story Development: 5/5
Character Development: 4.5/5 ( -0.5 for Adeena’s commitment phobia. Having said that, I hope things get better in the next book – the romance angle, I mean.)
Final Rating: 5/5
Title: Song For A Lost Kingdom
Author: Steve Moretti
Published on: 13th July 2018
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
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