Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

Review: The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley

Disclaimer: I received an eARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I have never read anything by Natasha Pulley but I was very excited when I received this ARC. The plot was so up my alley that I couldn’t wait to read it!

The Kingdoms book cover

The Kingdoms

by Natasha Pulley

Published April 25, 2021 by Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1635576083

Data from Goodreads

Joe Tournier has a bad case of amnesia. His first memory is of stepping off a train in the nineteenth-century French colony of England. The only clue Joe has about his identity is a century-old postcard of a Scottish lighthouse that arrives in London the same month he does. Written in illegal English—instead of French—the postcard is signed only with the letter “M,” but Joe is certain whoever wrote it knows him far better than he currently knows himself, and he’s determined to find the writer. The search for M, though, will drive Joe from French-ruled London to rebel-owned Scotland and finally onto the battle ships of a lost empire’s Royal Navy. In the process, Joe will remake history, and himself.

My Review: Just Not For Me

Rep: LGBTQIA+

It is with a sad heart that I must say this novel did not work for me. It had so much potential but ultimately wasn’t what I was looking for.

The Pros: What Worked For Me

  • The plot was incredibly intriguing and kept me motivated to finish the story.

The Cons: What I Didn’t Like

  • The writing style was convoluted. By trying to keep the story shrouded in mystery, the writing became messy. I’m not sure if it was my ARC or not, but sentences were missing and there was a lack of transition between scenes. It made it difficult to read.
  • Character growth was almost non-existent and I did not like any of the main characters. There was no connection between the characters, and I did not connect with them, either.
  • I wanted more exploration of the political climate that Joe was dealing with, and more world building was required.

I’m disappointed because I wanted to love this book. However, I’m struggling to find much that I actually enjoyed about this story. The writing was all over the place, the character development was non-existent, and I needed more world building to make the story come to life. Sadly, I’m going to be giving this 1 star.

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