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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Music Shall Untune the Sky by Lou Kemp is book one in the Celwyn series. Celwyn embarks on an adventure to help his friend Professor Xiau Kang pick his wife up from Singapore. Their trip comes with some surprises as Prince Leo and his daughter insist on joining them so to flee from Prague. Their friend Bartholomew accompanies them on a train that has been enhanced by magic and along the way they witness a flying balloon crash land. The next thing they know, the inventor and writer Jules Verne comes aboard and soon their adventure becomes a magnet for trouble the closer they get to Singapore. Their journey takes an unexpected turn when they encounter Phileas Fogg – the very character from Verne's book – and their arrival in Singapore doesn't go according to plan. They encounter Captain Nemo who develops an interest in Professor Kang for his knowledge of flying machines and devises a way to lure them onto the Nautilus.
The writing is stunning and perfectly fitted to the tone of Jules Verne's works with vivid descriptions such as a mechanical bird soaring over the icy river, clouds of silvery trout, and the rich details that Lou Kemp puts into the scenes with music. The setting creates a strong backdrop for these characters that come to life with vivid personalities, humor, and magic. Kemp blends fantasy, adventure, history, and the works of Verne to create an original journey that draws you into another world. As a fan of Jules Verne, the appearance of the writer creates a humorous (and chaotic) element in the story. He's true to the spirit of what you would expect and it adds a delightful charm to the story. The plot has a supernatural element woven throughout with magic, vampires, and witches blended naturally into the backdrop of Prague, Singapore, and other real locations. Seeing these characters through a new lens creates an enjoyable story and an adventure that you won't forget. The plot revolves around the three friends and an adventure they weren't expecting. Kemp blends vampires, Jules Verne, Phileas Fogg, and Captain Nemo to create an original and magical adventure in Music Shall Untune the Sky.