Marie Lu's Novel: A Rich Tapestry of Music, History, and Fantasy

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The Kingdom of Back uniquely bridges the genres of historical fiction and fantasy into one lyrical, magical, and musical story. Graced with the gift of music, Nannerl Mozart aspires to be a celebrated and remembered musician. However, being a women in eighteenth century Europe makes it impossible to be a composer and her father is determined to end her music career once she reaches a marriageable age. Her younger brother, Wolfgang is a rising prodigy whose musical talents only continue to shine brighter. Then a stranger from the magical land created by the siblings starts visiting Nannerl, offering her a path to her dream, but only at the cost of everything else bringing into question the price of fame and her love for her brother.

Beautifully articulated and lyrically musical to read on multiple levels, this was a wonderful story. Marie Lu artfully weaves stories of truth, history, fiction, and fantasy into a deep, complex novel centered around two talented siblings and their magical kingdom. The story came across as relatable with realistic characters, classic love/hate sibling relationship, and conflicting, but big dreams. With every success and failure of the characters and twist of the plot you can't help but become captivated by the story and characters.