Song For A Lost Kingdom Synopsis
Music is not bound by time…
Adeena Stuart is a struggling cellist ready to give up on her dream of landing a spot with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. All that changes when she receives a musical score, lost for almost 300 years in a Scottish castle, sent by her dying grandmother.
When the score is played on the oldest surviving cello ever made in the UK, the music connects Adeena directly to the past as Katharine Carnegie, struggling to find words to complete her symphonic tour-de-force in the midst of 18th Century political rebellion that is tearing apart Scotland and England.
But Adeena is not a scientist or historian. What she wants more than anything is to create and compose. As she is buffeted back and forth between the past and present, she grows to want more of the past, even though the promise of her most yearned-for professional dream is coming true.
With a clear voice that sets us in modern day Ottawa and old world Scotland, Song for a Lost Kingdom, Book I, begins a journey of discovery between two women who share the same musical soul and love for the same doomed man.
The majority of Song for a Lost Kingdom is set in modern day Ottawa, with some parts taking place in present day Scotland and 18th century Scotland. If you didn’t know already, I’m obsessed with anything that is set in Scotland so I couldn’t wait to get started with this book!
I really enjoyed the time travel element of this novel, mainly because it’s so different in comparison with the other books that I’ve read. I felt like there was more of a connection with the time travel and the main character Adeena, as she didn’t just randomly get transported back to 1745 for no reason. Adeena’s love and passion as a cellist player was not only bound to an ancestor, Katharine Carnegie, but to a piece of 18th century music and cello. The music and cello acted as the portal to 1745 Scotland for Adeena which I thought was such an interesting concept! Sometimes time travel in books can be pretty difficult to get right as it can be so hard keeping up with the time and location changes. However, thanks to the cello and piece of music, you knew as soon as Adeena played it on the cello that she was going to be transported back in time. Even though it took a little while to adjust to this at first, it got so much easier to understand as the novel went on and it’s always nice to get a little heads up that the setting is changing.
The book is told from multiple perspectives, and normally I don’t get along with books that have loads of points of view. However, it was so easy to discern whose voice was whose in this book, and that was aided by brief passages that were told from minor characters perspectives in order to propel the plot forwards. The main characters each had a very distinct voice, especially Adeena. She’s incredibly strong willed and passionate about her music, and she would often rebel in order to get what she wanted. I really enjoyed how determined she was in spite of all the obstacles that stood in her way and she would never take no for an answer. At times this did get quite irritating, as I felt like she wasn’t respecting the people around her, especially those closest to her as she was so intent on getting her own way. Despite this, it was very interesting to read about such a rebellious character!
The only thing that I really had an issue with was when Adeena went back in time as it didn’t always feel like I was there in 18th century Scotland. I don’t think it had anything to do with the historical elements of the book as I know that everything was researched really well, but I think part of it was due to the pacing. The 18th century aspects of the novel felt a bit rushed to me as Adeena’s quest in Ottawa was favoured over some of the events taking place in the 1745 setting. This meant that some of the passages that focused upon Scotland were quite brief and I wasn’t there for as long as I wanted to be – plus you can never really have too much Scotland!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I got a lot of Outlander vibes from it, so if you enjoyed the Outlander books, or the TV show, definitely check out this book! I’m really looking forward to checking out the next book and hopefully getting more Scotland and seeing how the rest of the story progresses!
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About Steve Moretti
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)! Recently I finished a screenplay and my first novel, and am now embarking on this a full-time career.
I grew up in London, Ontario 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.
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