Title: Song for a Lost Kingdom
Author: Steve Moretti
Genre: Historical Fiction
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.
Song for a Lost Kingdom is the riveting tale of a brilliant musician who travels through space and time due to a mysterious piece of composition, an ancient musical instrument and a legacy that has spanned centuries.
Adeena, the nearly 30 yr old cellist has a dream of making it big in the world of music and finishing the composition that has been running in her head and dreams since her childhood.
Through her work place, she lays her hands on the centuries old Duncan cello and plays it out of curiosity. She never expects to travel through time and space and to transform into another person, Katherine Carnegie, in the 1700s.
In the span of a few days, Adeena is drawn more and more into Katherine’s life and she goes back into time again and again to resolve the mystery of Katherine’s life and the meaning of her own vague dreams.
What works well
The places, oh the places. The names simply rolled off my tongue. From Ottawa in Canada to the picturesque Scotland and the historical castles when Adeena travels back in time are very well described. There are sea side villages, shepherds with flocks of sheep, soldiers and Scottish royalty to name just a few in the range of setting.
The characters are very well crafted. Apart from Adeena, her boyfriend Phillipe, her friend and boss Tara, her parents, the characters in the 1700s are also delineated really well. For the minor characters too, there is much depth in character motivation.
Any book that is historical has to get the history, attire and dialect of the characters just right. The Song for a Lost Kingdom does it brilliantly to produce a piece of fiction that feels very authentic.
The most soul stirring part of the book is the music itself. The world of musical instruments, of musicians and of haunting melodies came alive for me.
It’s also a very gripping story that has a strong narrative voice.
About the Author
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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