1900. England has fallen. London is the industrial centre of the French Republic.
Joe Tournier is sent to Scotland to repair the generator of a lighthouse where three men have disappeared. The trip would be hard enough, but Joe suffers from a strange form of epilepsy that gives him visions and memories of things that never happened.
When he reaches the lighthouse, peculiar things are happening there. The winter comes in at running pace, there are two moons in the sky, and then a man from last century washes up on the beach; Missouri Kite, a navy captain who fought at Trafalgar. Before long, Joe realizes that Kite isn’t the one in the wrong time – he is.
After being pressed into English navy service under Kite’s command, Joe rages and plots to escape before Kite can force him to do something that will change history. But though Kite is ruthless and half mad, he’s bizarrely familiar too, and the longer Joe spends with him, the stronger the feeling becomes that somehow, they know each other already. But finding out how might cost Joe everything.
Told with her trademark shining intelligence and wit, The Kingdoms is the new, standalone, historical fantasy from international bestselling author Natasha Pulley.
Think The Man in the High Castle meets Master and Commander.