Signe Pike presents her debut medieval-era fantasy bringing to life the sister of Merlin in
The Lost Queen
There are no words…..this is possibly the best historic fiction based in Arthurian legend that I have read in a very long time. Taking the unusual perspective to tell the story from ‘above the wall’ in Strathclyde, the story mixes intrigue, bloodshed, power games and philosophies in ways unexpected.
Langoureth is a complete character – human, flawed, contradictory and utterly palpable, and she’s influenced by the history, myths and superstitions of her place, often coming into conflict with her own desires, choices and dreams that seem impossible, and all are presented in a clear and evocative prose that feeds the imagination as it transports you to places unknown. THIS is a story that, like Outlander and Game of Thrones could easily garner millions of viewers and fans, if only people are willing to delve into the book and just escape within its pages.
Secondary characters are also rich and developed in ways that conversations are easy to hear, the moments unfold with a richness and fullness that place you in the space: sights, sounds, and smells all are palpable, and there is an uncanny sense that darkness is creeping in on the edges – ready to take away progress and redirect the choices in ways that both limit and expand the progress of Langoureth’s journey. I can’t wait for the next in the series!
“We may not always have the choice we would like. But we always have a choice.”
Title: The Lost Queen
Author: Signe Pike
Series: The Lost Queen Trilogy #1
Genre: Historic Fantasy, Magic, Medieval, Setting: Scotland
Published by: Touchstone
Published on: 4 September, 2018
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 18 Hours
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Mists of Avalon meets Philippa Gregory in the first book of an exciting historical trilogy that reveals the untold story of Languoreth—a powerful and, until now, tragically forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland—twin sister of the man who inspired the legendary character of Merlin.
Intelligent, passionate, rebellious, and brave, Languoreth is the unforgettable heroine of The Lost Queen, a tale of conflicted loves and survival set against the cinematic backdrop of ancient Scotland, a magical land of myths and superstition inspired by the beauty of the natural world. One of the most powerful early medieval queens in British history, Languoreth ruled at a time of enormous disruption and bloodshed, when the burgeoning forces of Christianity threatened to obliterate the ancient pagan beliefs and change her way of life forever.
Together with her twin brother Lailoken, a warrior and druid known to history as Merlin, Languoreth is catapulted into a world of danger and violence. When a war brings the hero Emrys Pendragon, to their door, Languoreth collides with the handsome warrior Maelgwn. Their passionate connection is forged by enchantment, but Languoreth is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of the High King who is sympathetic to the followers of Christianity. As Rhydderch's wife, Languoreth must assume her duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way, her kingdom, and all she holds dear.
The Lost Queen brings this remarkable woman to life—rescuing her from obscurity, and reaffirming her place at the center of the most enduring legends of all time.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.