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Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish--to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she'll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Putnam/G. P. Putnam's Sons
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Emily May
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2020
I am going to tell you a story you already know. But listen carefully, because within it is one you have never heard before.

Without a doubt, this is Marie Lu's most fascinating book to date.

In school, we studied Virginia Woolf's concept of the fictional "Shakespeare's sister". In A Room of One's Own, Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister who was as talented, as imaginative, as capable as her brother, but because she was a woman, she had to stay home. She never had the opportunities
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Nick
Oct 13, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Who spread the rumor that Marie Lu has replicated herself and the army of hers is going to attack us with a million books during the upcoming years?
jessica
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
i love it when stories have the power to inspire action. i love that feeling when you turn the last page and you arent ready to let go of the story just yet, so you do something to make its presence linger, to keep the story in your heart just a little longer.

this made me pick up my violin, which i havent touched in about a year, and play one of mozarts violin concertos that i learned when i was a teenager. it was a struggle, but i loved that this story motivated me to do that.

i think fans of
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Cardan Greenbriar -- PLEASE STAY HOME AND SAFE
But be wary of what you wish for, he went on. Wishes have a habit of surprising their makers.


I SHIT YOU NOT THIS BOOK REMINDS ME OF MY KINGDOM
and me

What great injustice that after 4 days of release this book only has less than 400 ratings
Who set the date similar to another *ahem* overly hyped book's release date?
anyway
talk about a motherfucking book hangover

I am such a mess that i don't even know how to properly review

I have never cried this much during a happy ending

So our very beloved
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Hamad
I just started this and I have forgotten how magical Marie's writing style is!!

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Claudia Ramírez
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
3.5 stars
Miranda Reads
I've been burned so many times... and yet here I am, crawling back for more.

Can you smell the desperation?

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Simona Bartolotta
I think new series should be kept secret until, say, six moths before the release, especially if it's an author like Marie Lu we're talking about, because jeez, my heart plummets when I look at that hideous "Expected publication: 2019". Just sayin'.
Mara YA Mood Reader
3/29/2020: Well that was depressing. A sad story, beautifully told. And so unlike most YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy, it was most refreshing.

The Kingdom of Back was not at all what I expected it to be. And I suppose that was the saving grace in my experience. Although, still, I was not especially enthralled.

The YA genre needs books like this though. Wether it not be much in my tastes, it is true that the genre is often filled with unrealistically ridiculous romance plots that we both eat up
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin


This came in my March Owlcrate. Pretty silver, shimery edges. And candle, socks, notecard, Art, lip balm, etc.





Omg! I had no idea Mozart had a sister that was just as talented, but held back for being a girl. Girls werent allowed to compose!!

Marie talks about this in her acknowledgments so read that as well. Shes added some fantasy to the world with a bit of truth. Im thoroughly impressed and enjoyed the book!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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Tucker
Jan 12, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
"Perfect for fans of The Hazel Wood"

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Kingdom of Back? Like is everyone a spine?


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Ashley
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-march
Star Rating: > 4 Stars

What a wonderful fairytale filled with all the ingredients to make a story an absolutely joyous adventure to read!

This made me feel like I was a little girl again, in one corner of the house or another, reading in the sunlight.

Truly a beautifully and elegantly woven tale, about Nannerl Mozart, the brilliant sister that time almost left forgotten, & her brother Wolfgang, their secret kingdom, music, faeries, magic, & most of all, love.

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Mary S. R.
Jun 29, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary by: Mozart, who'd you think?
To be remembered in this world, she created another.

Thou who hath pranced amidst this land,
Thou who hath walked upon thy hand,
And thou who hath danced on the river's strand...

Behold my quietus, my quiet stand!
Behold these tears and please withstand,
My wailing and waning and weening, and,
Behold my deathof thee, I demand!

Oh lo and behold my life so damned,
And watch my dawning demise, so grand;
Then seize my murderer, oh that I command
Bury and bind the book in this sand,
Within my grave, this during
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Candace Robinson
I wasnt sure what to expect when I started this. I also knew nothing about Wolfgang Mozart besides him being a famous pianist. As for Nannerl, I had never heard of her! As the pages turned, I wanted to know more about them! Not just in the story, but in real life as well! I was pleasantly surprised about how much I loved this!

Nannerl was a girl I truly felt for, especially during this time where women werent truly equals. But her brother, Wolfgang, AKA Wolferl, was so freaking adorable, cute,
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Sylvie
3.75

This was one of the most magical books I've read!

Review will be posted very soon.
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
THIS WAS ENCHANTING. Hands down one of my favourite books EVER. Haunting, lyrical, and beautifully written. This might even be my favourite Marie Lu book ever. It's definitely more literary than her other books and also one that could appeal to any age, young or old. Highly recommend!!
Amy Imogene Reads
3.5

Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Concept: ★★★★★
Magical elements: ★★★
Pacing: ★★ 1/2
Emotional resonance: ★★★★

Everyone knows of Mozart. The brother, that is. How many of us know the history of Mozart's talented older sister, Nannerl?

The Kingdom of Back is a soft, fantastical portrait of the historical lives of Nannerl and Amadeus during their childhood in Austria. Following Nannerl, it imagines the childhood of a girlone given amazing musical talents, and yet born during
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megs_bookrack
Mar 31, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
My Library Hold has come through!

Bring on the Mozart...and the Mozart's sister...and the magical deal with a mysterious man...

hannah ✧/ᐠ-ꞈ-ᐟ\ (on hiatus)
update: look!!! every time I get new information about this book my heart swells with excitement


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I ADDED THIS BOOK AS SOON AS I SAW MARIE LU'S NAME and when I read the description it got even better

I've always thought it sad that Nannerl couldn't pursue music like her brother because 18th century gender roles are the worst. plus, it's MARIE LU, so this is basically guaranteed to be amazing

but 2019....that's so far away.................. *weeps silently into bowl of cheerios*
Elle Rudy
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, bookishfirst
An elegantly beautiful story about a sister and brother told through the lenses of history and fantasy, I was unexpectedly touched by this offering from Marie Lu. This is a departure for the YA Sci-fi/Fantasy writer, and despite her Legend series being published first, I was surprised to learn shed written The Kingdom of Back prior to it.

The tone of this reminds me of Pan's Labyrinth, but centered around the childhoods of Maria Anna and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, known to one another as Nannerl
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Gaby (lookingatbooks)
Marie Lu is just releasing new book after new book, I am so down for this. I will read her friggin grocery list if given the opportunity. Shes one of best ya writes ever ...more
Andreea Pop
Feb 10, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Um.............. WHAT IS THIS????
Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
As someone who played the piano for over 10 years, consider me INTRIGUED!!!??

Like what is this synopsis???!!! Whatever, I'm here for it:)
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Zoë ☆
THIS WAS FREAKING AMAZING, Im crying right now it was so beautiful 😩😢💗
Go read this!!
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The Kingdom of Back is SUCH a beautiful and enchanting read! I LOVED the magical world so much, and the combination with historical fiction made it an amazing and PERFECT read for me! The best thing about this book though was easily the writing. It was so enchanting and wonderful to read. Whenever I picked up the book, I was completely sucked into the world!

Thinking back on it (I finished it almost a week
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☆ Mira ✷
May 30, 2018 marked it as tbr-good-authors  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-want-it-now
I never thought Id see Mozart become a YA legend. But Marie Lu has made me ship 15 year olds, cry for days, and fail my final exams, so I have complete faith that she will make it happen. ...more
Bethany
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Kingdom of Back is something different from Marie Lu, but is still filled with her lush descriptions, well-developed characters, and wonderfully imaginative worlds. This is a stunning work of historical fiction with elements of magic, focused on the little known story of Mozart's sister Nannerl and the fairytale kingdom they created as children. It is about the constraints placed on women during that time and the desire to leave a lasting effect on the world, but it is also about the bond ...more
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
Thank you Penguin International for the gifted copy of The Kingdom of Back!

The Kingdom of Back is the first book by Marie Lu that I've read. Historical fiction isn't a genre I usually read. My first one was The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi and it's one of my favorite books of all time! So I went into this one with an open mind and I was pretty excited to try it out. The best way to describe this book is historical fiction with a hint of wild magic.


Marie Lu has wonderful writing. Her writing
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Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, releasing-2020
5/5 ⭐

Thank you so much to PRH International for providing me with an awesome free box of goodies including this book in exchange for an honest review!

"The shore's sand was very white, the seashells very blue, and through the curling sea foam walked a boy."


I knew from page 1 I would love this book. It is actually my first book by Marie Lu, but it certainly will not be the last. Her writing is whimsically beautiful and gripped me from the very beginning of the story. This story is a lyrical
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Tani
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
RATINGS: 2.5 STARS

"Look hard enough, Fräulein, and the kingdom will show you every truth that your world doesn't."

Kingdom of Back is a historical retelling of the Mozart siblings, Nannerl and Woferl, with faeries. It's magical realism. Although the concept of the book had much potential, it misses it's mark. It's predictable and dismal.

The story is based upon the childhood of Marianne 'Nannerl' Mozart and Wolfgang 'Wolferl' Mozart. Like her brother, Nannerl has talent of music and composure.
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