The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley

“Dearest Joe, Come home if you remember.”

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™™๐™ค๐™ข๐™จ ๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™‰๐™–๐™ฉ๐™–๐™จ๐™๐™– ๐™‹๐™ช๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™ฎ

The Book starts off with Joe Tournier having epilepsy, abandoned on London’s station in 1898.The curiosity of knowing why Joe lost his memory takes you deep into the book until he receives a postcard, signed 1807, with the above line, signed off by ‘M’. The other side of Postcard features a light house which was built in 1891. Now this is a shock. How come the light house is featured on a postcard dated 91 years ago. And M, is she the Madeline which Joe remembers in his faint memory?

Although the synopsis sounds very gripping, the book failed to wow me. Set in a background of Napoleonic war, this a time bend, alternative history novel with lot of themes and twists.

Half of the book really gained my attention, but when Joe entered the time loop, things starts to get confusing a bit. Thanks to Pulley’s uncomplicated narration I slowly got the gist of time travel gates; which are the major source of turning point.
She has done her best in putting all the intricate details of 17th and 18th century London in simplest way possible. But the privy world building does not settle in your mind because of time travel switch.

If I talk about characters, Missiouri Kite and Joe lacks depth despite having lot of adjectives. Sudden disappearance of Agatha, Kite’s sister, comes as a shock and without any reasons.

What didn’t work for me is the ending. The author went too much into war, boats and their stories and creating sub-plots that we find Joe lost and with that his motive of finding Madeline.

You can read it if for a bit of sci-fi, war, alternative history and if you love too much sailing.

Rating- 3๐ŸŒŸ/5๐ŸŒŸ

The book is out on 27th May 2021.

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