Kingdom of Back : Discovering the Other Mozart

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 her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

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I do believe I love Marie Lu’s take on fantasy world more than science fiction, the Warcross’s duology disappointed me but I was excited for this one as I absolutely loved The Young Elites trilogy.  The world building was beautiful and I loved the mix of Peter Pan concept and the magical realm of music. But overall, the plot and storyline fell flat for me. Everything seemed predictable and all the characters seem to have a typical decision making that none surprised me. Maybe this book was more targeted on a younger audience, which then makes sense and I’m being a bit too severe. But, that’s my take.

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“Music is the sound of God, Nannerl. 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.”

Nannerl being the center of this book, was a very interesting concept. I have never heard about Mozart’s sister before this book and learned a great deal about her thanks to Marie Lu. However, I would’ve wished she would focus more on the biographical part of Nannerl and detailed her struggles during this time where women couldn’t voice their opinions nor be recognized for their compositions, let alone write their own compositions. Those are some aspects I think can shift the story and get to know the character better and also giving her more depth. The Nannerl until the end of the book, haven’t evolved much unfortunately.

(c) Trang Tran photography


  • The cover is absolutely gorgeous! Like, the blue is REALLY highlighted in those pictures, haha.

    I’ve read that this book is actually MG, not exactly YA, and it sounds like it feels that way from your review. Maybe that’s why I haven’t seen as much hype about it compared to Warcross and The Young Elites? Either way, I’m sorry this one wasn’t a hit for you :’) I can see how predictability takes away from the reading experience, as well as the lost chance of seeing Nannerl’s struggles with the patriarchy. Great review!

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  • Thanks for reviewing this! I actually never knew there were any books centered on Nannerl. I’m kind of Mozart obsessed so I’ll probably be giving it a read but I probably won’t set my expectations of it too high. Have you come across any other Mozart related novels?


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