Music, history and a hint of magic… what more can a novel have? That’s the dream, at least for me. (Well, mystery is my other soft spot, but one can’t have everything, right?) That’s why I agreed to be part of the blog tour for “Song for a Lost Kingdom” about a year ago, and as I expected, I ended up loving it! (You can read my review if you click on the title!)
Today, I’m here to share the sequel with you, a book that I have waited for ever since I’ve finished the first one.
About the Book
Music is not bound by time.
And Adeena Stuart is not bound by anything that will stop her from saving the man she’s fallen in love with, even though he’s been dead for almost three hundred years.
In Book II of the Song for a Lost Kingdom trilogy, her music provides the portal to to James Drummond who is fighting along side Prince Charles Edward Stuart in the 1746 Jacobite uprising. Though their cause is doomed, and James is destined to die shortly after the Battle of Culloden, Adeena’s determination never wavers.
Left behind in the present, Adeena’s friends and families are equally determined to return her to 2019 before the expanding growth in her head becomes fatal and they lose her forever.
Throughout it all, the music sweeps across those in both the past and present in this novel of history, fantasy, romance and science fiction
I’ve been already waiting for this book. I came to know about the first novel in the series because of the blog tour for that one. So, as you might now already guess, I got this book for the purpose of this blog tour, in exchange for my honest opinion. Aaaand…. here it is!
Let’s get to the point: I honestly don’t know if the sequel has lived up to my expectations or not. I did like it very much, and all the potential is still there (the story is still not finished), the story has its strong points, and it’s definitely one of the most original things that I’ve ever read. So, I really cannot say that it’s not good, or that I didn’t enjoy it. It is, and I did. I don’t even say that it’s something completely different from what I expected.
It’s probably that it’s strong at points I didn’t expect it to be, and a bit weaker at ones I expected to see being developed. I’m not sure I can explain it properly, and I’m also not sure that it’s fair to judge a book by your expectations. It’s probably not. Anyways, here’s what I thought while reading.
The emphasis in this book was way more on the history side than in the previous one. I actually also found myself caring about the events in the past more than about happenings these days, which was a bit different compared to the other volume as well. Funny thing is, even though Adeena was now mostly in the 18th century, I felt like I cared less about her character than before. It was like she’s gone flatter, instead of growing. Yet, in present day Ottawa, which I didn’t care so much about this time, all the characters seemed to be more interesting than in the first book. They had their storylines, they had chances to grow.
I still don’t understand completely how this time travelling thing in this story works (though I’m not sure I’m already supposed to, or not yet). Is it supposed to be paranormal, or there’s gonna be a scientific explanation, or what is it and how it is possible? We’re still only scratching the surface. I feel like it goes in the science fiction direction, at least all the medical talk seemed to be implying that, and I’m not sure how much I love that idea. The explanation that begins to unfold in this book is a very good idea, yet I’m somehow not completely convinced about it. I know it’s fiction, but epigenetics doesn’t quite work this way. I also acknowledge that it’s still a researched field with many things that we don’t yet know or understand, so in theory it does give wide possibilities for the fantasy and fiction… but for some reason I really had to suspend my belief for this one, and I still want to hope that a hint of magic is also in work here.
I have to admit that I missed the music in this one a bit. It’s present, but I felt like in this book it was used as a mere tool, and I couldn’t feel its power resonate through time and obstacles. I hope in the next volume it will come back as important and grand as it was previously.
Okay, by now this might sound like I didn’t even like this book, which is not true. I liked it, very much. I couldn’t put it down. It’s just I can make some comparisons now, as I’ve read the first one, and that gives place to a bit of constructive criticism. I did like this volume, too. The strongest part of it was actually the ending, I think. It seemed to be a bit more action-packed than the rest of the story, there was drama, many things happening, twist and turns – it was very good.
Let’s Give It a Grade!
- Story: 4/5
- Characters: 3/5
- Style: 4/5
- The Subjective Factor: 4/5
- GPA 3.75
The way time travel seems to work in this story is something I’ve never heard of, never would have thought of! It’s a very original idea.
Fans of music and history. Only if you’ve read book one, too, though! It’s basically one long story.
Whisky, I guess.
This time I don’t have to choose anything, because the eponymous song has been composed and recorded already.
You can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70aEJBQTx48
I have a bit mixed feelings about it, though. (It’s probably not my place to criticize the music as well, but hey… if I have a head point to talk about the music that matches the book than I might as well talk about it, right…?) In itself, as simply a music, I love it. It’s beautiful. It also matches the overall feeling and vibe the book gives off. So, in a way it is perfect. I can imagine it to be the soundtrack of the movie, if there’s ever made one. But… in the book, it is originally written in the 18th century, and I think I would’ve wanted something a bit more… old-styled. Something that’s simpler, that touches those deep, tribal instincts within your soul. Well, enough about my high expectations. I’ve read that this slightly modern vibe was written purposefully, and this is a beautiful music, and it matches the book’s atmosphere. I do love it.
Well, nothing is really finished yet. I can’t wait for continuing the story and finding out about everything.
Adeena collapsed onto the bed in her private chamber at Hamilton Palace.
The recently widowed Lady Anne Hamilton had shown her to the room and asked a servant to draw her a hot bath. It was the best Christmas present anyone could possibly give her, she thought. The cold from every part of her body ached for the balm of something warm.
A hot bath and clean clothes awaited her and the thought of them made all her pains a bit more tolerable.
When the bath was ready, with fragrant perfume and oils, and most importantly with steaming water, she let herself enjoy the feeling that transcended any bathing experience she had ever had before. It felt like a tiny part of the future had slipped back into the past.
As she closed her eyes she thought of James and about her situation. For anyone knew, she was Katharine Carnegie, sister of George and Sir James Carnegie. Her aunt was Lady Margaret St. Clair, who still fought to retain her hold on Kinnaird Castle against the attainder of her first husband’s estates and titles.
She wondered about Katharine Carnegie. Have I become her? What happened to her or have we somehow switched places in time? Are we the same person, the same soul, the same spirit?
It was the servant who had drawn her bath, knocking on the door.
“When you are complete, I will aid you to dress for dinner. Lady Anne has seated you with the Duke of Perth,” the servant announced through the door.
“Thank you, I’ll be don.. uh complete, in a few minutes. That work?”
There was a pause. Adeena realized that sometimes her vocabulary confused those around her.
“I will return presently,” she servant responded.
Presently? Adeena smiled.
She closed her eyes again. The Duke of Perth, James Drummond – the man who perhaps loved Katharine and perhaps, her. But he seemed to be keeping his distance. He was unlike any man she had ever known in her own time. How much was him and who he was as a person? Or was it just the culture and time they were in – 1745 Scotland?
It was probably impossible to separate the two, and she had no plan for how she could save him from dying a few days after his 33rd birthday, less than five months from today. Stories she had listened to her from her grandmother, about the misery of ‘Ashlynne’ had always gripped Adeena as a moving tale from a far away place and time. But now she was in the story, not just listening to it.
Adeena had become the woman in her grandmother’s dreams.
Katharine, not Ashlynne. Determined, not afraid.
She would change history.
Or die trying.
About the Author
I am an author in Ottawa, Canada. I have a varied background in business, journalism and education.
I love history, and the people who have lived fascinating and sometimes very ordinary lives in extra-ordinary times. I’m drawn to music and the arts, as well as scientific discovery, politics and science fiction, especially time-travel.
My novels combine my interests in stories that put characters within a realistic world that just happens to include elements that challenge our perceptions of reality.
I am currently completing my first trilogy, Song for a Lost Kingdom, and will be starting a new series in 2020.
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