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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  18,632 ratings  ·  4,248 reviews
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 eighteenth-century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marria ...more
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Putnam/G. P. Putnam's Sons
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Audrey I don't like historical fiction books but I would still recommend this book as most of it is fantasy and you also don't know much about Mozart's siste…moreI don't like historical fiction books but I would still recommend this book as most of it is fantasy and you also don't know much about Mozart's sister, so that makes it even better. Also, the book isn't very biographical as it is written in the perspective of Nannerl (the sister) so she talks about her thoughts and feelings rather than her biographical information.(less)
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Emily May
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 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 Sh
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I am going to tell you a story you already know. But listen carefully, because within it is one you have never heard before.
There's two Mozarts, but the world remembered only one of them.
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?
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
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**4.5-stars rounded up**

In the Author's Note, Marie Lu tells of her real-life inspiration for The Kingdom of Back. A book over a decade in the making, you can tell Lu poured her heart and soul into this project.

Known for her complex and forward-thinking YA SF, Lu takes a sharp turn with The Kingdom of Back, a subtly Dark Fantasy with lyrical prose.

Even though this is not her typical story, I think it shines an extremely bright light on Lu's level of skill as a writer.

I am the first to admit tha
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 on kindle US today 10/1/29

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 weren’t allowed to compose!!

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

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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“I am going to tell you a story you already know. But listen carefully, because within it is one you have never heard before.”

When I started reading this book, I remembered why I used to enjoy Marie’s books so much! The writing at the beginning of this book is just superb! Marie is an awesome author who is one of the few unproblematic authors and that’s why I like reading her works!

There are many things that I am to blame for: The fact that
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is breathtaking! A fresh creative approach: dark fairy tale meets historical fiction based on true events.

Let’s meet with Nannerl Mozart : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s not so much known sister who is also a musical prodigy, having only one important wish: to be remembered forever with her talent! She can attract attention of huge audience’s with magical fingers playing with piano keys, touching your soul softly and reaching to your deepest feelings, melting your heart with tunes.

But she was
Cardan Greenbriar
“But be wary of what you wish for,” he went on. “Wishes have a habit of surprising their makers.”

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?
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 belove
Claudia Lomelí
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
3.5 stars
Vibur (hiatus)
(The sad violinist in me realising she has no talent after reading this novel.)

First off, the writing, wow. All I want to say is, if I was to choose a colour to characterise the writing, it'd most assuredly be blue. All the impossibly beautiful shades of blue, all its vibrancy and subtlety imbued, to paint the deepest of seas and palest of winter snow.
In all honesty, I should've loved this novel. And I'd have loved if it was a historical fiction rather than a fantasy. At times, the magical reali
Might as well get this started.

took pain killer meds due to back bag. I know look exactly like this gif. excepts I'm a man. not a Little girl. - GIF on Imgur

I am so underwhelmed by that terrible ending that I kind of resent this book now. It was good, sure, but it wasn't anything too special, and the characters certainly don't help.

Nannerl was Mozart's sister who faded out of history due to her status as a woman in the 1700s. But she was actually a child prodigy as well, and composed many pieces, none of which have survived. We only know of these compositions because of her letters to her brother. But as soon as she
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10/1/2020: $2.99 on Kindle US today

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 r
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2021 F.A.B. Bookclub pick # I.❤️. F.A.B.

I honestly did not know that Mozart had a sister, who was equally as talented. 🧐 Sad, that her own music was not published and heard. I found that historic part of the story very fascinating. Anyway- the magical whimsical fairyland parts were better than expected. 🤗 Overall, this was a pretty good read. ❤️📚
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
If you enjoy sibling stories and classical music, this may be one you’ll want to pick up. It reminded me a lot of Wintersong by S Jae Jones, but with no romance. It has that same kind of darker fairy tale element to it, with the theme of music and family bonds.
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.

Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

"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.

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

Review will be posted very soon.
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
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”Music is the sound of God, Nannerl, he would say. If given the talent, it means God has chosen you as an ambassador for His voice. Your music will be as if God has given you eternal life.
My father, God ... there was little difference between them to me. A frown from Papa might as well have been a frown from Heaven, for what it did to my mood.”

This story was unlike anything I ever read by Marie Lu and even though her tale about Mozart’s sister Nannerl had a couple of weak
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!! ...more
Amy Imogene Reads
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 girl—one given amazing musical talents, and yet born during a
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Jan 12, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Perfect for fans of The Hazel Wood"

Kingdom of Back? Like is everyone a spine?

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Maryam Rz.
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 death—of 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 durin
✨ Helena ✨
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

"I wrote this book for the Nannerls of today and tomorrow, in the hopes that when they are ready to share their brilliance of the world, the world will be ready to give them the attention and honour that they deserve."

I love the message behind this book, but I didn't love the book itself. I enjoyed the side quests that took place in the Kingdom of Back most of all, but I do think that the inclusion of the fant
Natalie Monroe
3.75 stars

“I am the sister, the other Mozart. And her story is mine.”

The Kingdom of Back is different from anything Lu has written in the past, which is likely why I enjoyed it so much. It's a breath of fresh air. This standalone novel's much quieter, devoid of the typical action scenes found in the Legend series, The Young Elites trilogy, and the Warcross duology. It is nonetheless powerful, a tragically accurate portrayal of a gifted musician barred from fame because of her gender.

Zoë ☆
THIS WAS FREAKING AMAZING, I’m crying right now it was so beautiful 😩😢💗
Go read this!!
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
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am going to tell you a story you already know. But listen carefully, because within it is one you have never heard before.

The writing for this book is nothing short of lyrical.

It’s something that will warm you, even with it’s cool shades of blue. The writing will captivate you in a way no other book could. Marie Lu was able to get across and accomplish everything that I had expected from this book and so, so much more.

It’s a cresce
Althea ☾
My fingers are literally itching to get my violin and search my folders for a Mozart piece to practice. Which probably won't be hard to find.

“What you offer me… I have already achieved.”

This is a perfectly balanced book with magical and realistic elements that made me both want to float away to the Kingdom of Back but also reminded me just how important giving equal opportunity to everyone, no matter their gender, race, etc. is.

It puts a magical twist on real events in history that we probab
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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Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 she’d 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 a
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