The Lost Queen (The Lost Queen Trilogy #1) by Signe Pike

The Lost Queen (The Lost Queen Trilogy #1)

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 th...


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TitleThe Lost Queen (The Lost Queen Trilogy #1)
ISBN9781501191411
Author
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherTouchstone
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction
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Reviews The Lost Queen (The Lost Queen Trilogy #1)

  • Mellie Antoinete
    1970-01-01
    “War is not about victory. War is about survival.”This book was vividly amazing. Equal parts Outlander, Camelot and Game of Thrones, the characters are vibrant, the settings surround you and the story draws you right in. There were many a moment I felt like I was sitting on a hill learning from Cathan or in the yard training with the knife father gifted me all those moons ago. “In times such as these, when the people need a hero, so are suc...
  • Patti Henry
    1970-01-01
    An extraordinary historical page-turner. Pike brings a creative eye, unique voice and immaculate research to the world of historical fiction - the people and lands of this novel will not leave me. The Lost Queen is more than a book; it is a profound experience. Languoreth has emerged from the mists of Scotland to assume her rightful place on the throne where she belongs.I can not tell you how much I love this book -- I devoured it; I dreamt about...
  • Margaret Sankey
    1970-01-01
    Now that I can no longer re-read The Mists of Avalon, and because I really liked the Sarmatian take on the Arthurian legends embedded in Gillian Bradshaw's Island of Ghosts, this is a very promising new series centered on an interpretation of the Arthurian stories originating in Strathclyde above the wall rather than Wales. Pike uses the freedom of a novel to reconstruct from a handful of mentions in historical documents, the life of a 6th centur...
  • Stacie
    1970-01-01
    To say that I devoured this book would be a gross understatement. I read this book in record time and am left sitting here, wishing that I had more...so much more...from this author! The story itself was utterly incredible. The plot moved at a quick pace, with the story building upon itself seamlessly. The characters however...oh my goodness, the characters. The characters were created so beautifully. They were complex, human, raw, emotional and ...
  • Andrienne
    1970-01-01
    Wonderful! Sagas usually confound me but this is also a historical fiction based on the legend of Merlin. The story has an excellent pace and the characters are lively. A great start to a trilogy!Thanks to the publisher for access to the review copy.
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    Of course it's a trilogy, and of course the next book doesn't come out anytime soon. So here I wait for the next part of this amazing historical fiction. Knowing only what I've seen in the Disney's version Sword in the Stone, this was an amazing history and an incredible tail. The histories of Author and Merlin will always entice us, but this new story, this new telling of Languoreth, will keep you wanting to learn more about her and her adventur...
  • Kim McGee
    1970-01-01
    A classic pre-Arthur period novel about lineage, politics, love, and king-making. This is the first of what I hope will be multiple novels which explore the very early history of the British Isles and the Pendragon name. Men may lead others into battle and hold all the power but it is the women like Lanuoreth who make decisions that will save the family. A doomed love affair between Languoreth and Maelgwn will pit families against each other and ...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    This book left me with pretty mixed feelings. First, the good: it's a pleasure to read something set in this early medieval period- a time that can seem so obscure- which really does make it a living, tangible, vivid place. The scenes of festivals in particular are wonderful: you are right there with Languoreth, smelling, seeing, and feeling all the magic, darkness, light, and nature. There were some inaccuracies that bothered me, given the autho...
  • Magic History
    1970-01-01
    I waited a few days to review The Lost Queen, by Signe Pike. It’s a story of the Arthurian legend in sixth-century Scotland, and it’s told from the point of view of Langoureth, the “lost queen” who also happens to be the twin sister of the man who originated the Merlin myth. In this book, he’s called Lailoken. I honestly didn’t realize until I finished the book and read the author’s note that this was a book about Merlin. I suppose ...
  • VIBookCrate
    1970-01-01
    The story starts with twins Languoreth and Lailoken shortly after their mother has passed away (they are approximately 9 years old). They are children of a King and a Wisdom Keeper and thus their futures are set. Languoreth must give up her dreams of following in her mothers footsteps as a healer and Wisdom Keeper so that she may marry and strengthen their family alliances, while her brother Lail does all the things that she wishes she could – ...
  • Danni
    1970-01-01
    Languoreth is a princess destined for the usual princess things, marriage and children. She longs to be a Wisdom Keeper of the Old Ways like her twin brother Lailoken instead. Her story unfurls in the pages of The Lost Queen by Signe Pike. In this thrilling Fantasy, readers will be enchanted by the magical world and political drama as Languroreth balances her duty with desires. Languoreth is a strong female character that is easy to love. Reader...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    1970-01-01
    This is an exciting new historical series about a little known sixth century queen, who was the twin sister of Lailoken, the man believed to be at the centre of the Merlin myth. It's set during the tumultuous time when Christianity was first getting a strong hold on an area steeped in the Druid faith.The characters are varied and interesting and I have to thank the author for including a character reference list as well as a 'how to pronounce' li...
  • Sheryle
    1970-01-01
    Much of what I’ve read about this book compares it with The Mists of Avalon. In fact, that was one of the main reasons I was drawn to it in the first place. Many went on to say that The Lost Queen is a fitting successor to Mists. I’m sorry, but no. While The Lost Queen was fairly enjoyable and had much the same feel to it as The Mists of Avalon, it is really unfair to expect it to replace such a classic. It simply is not in the same league.I ...
  • Tara
    1970-01-01
    I just finished an advance reader copy of this stunning historical novel and I am enchanted. I'm so, so sad to be leaving the world of early medieval Scotland (never thought I'd be saying that!)... the world of Languoreth (the twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin)... the world of Wisdom Keepers (druids), healing and magic... the world where women are a quiet, powerful force often overlooked by history. The rhythmic writing, th...
  • Gina Riccitelli
    1970-01-01
    From the first page to the last, The Lost Queen is more than just a story, it’s a journey through medieval times in the point of view of a fierce heroine. Languoreth is a princess who is connected to the old ways and dreams of a life she will never get to have because she is a princess and must do what is best for her family and her people. She sacrifices so much and throughout this book I laughed and I cried ( many times ) wishing her life was...
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    This book reminded me completely of The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley almost to the point of retelling the story completely just set in a few years ahead of The Mists of Avalon, but that is my opinion. You will find most of the same characters in this book, but you have to figure out who they are. This books is long and at spots quite slow, but it is worth the read. It gives you another look of how Christianity came and over took (dest...
  • Mrsk Stephen
    1970-01-01
    If you love stories with headstrong and determined female heroines and you are a fan of early British folklore and legends you will love this novel by Signe Pike. In The Lost Queen, Pike has written a wonderful tale in which her main character, Princess Languoreth, the twin sister of the man who would become Merlin the Magician, fulfills what is expected of her in life but she does so on her own terms. Pike has done her research into the traditio...
  • Ellen
    1970-01-01
    I'm not quite sure what I was expecting, but this book exceeded that nonetheless. Although there were a few time jumps, the story flows nicely and in keeping with the tradition of epics, little events cause bigger ripples in the grand scheme of the whole book. I don't want to give too much away, but I connected to Languoreth: her fears were mine, as well as her stolen moments of joy and peace. (There were a couple of points when I wanted to shake...
  • Savvy Little Book Club Yvonne M.
    1970-01-01
    *i received an ARC of this book from NetGalley/Publisher for an honest review *This book was amazing! A M A Z I N G! It’s great from start to finish not a single dull moment. I felt like I was watching a season of Vikings/White Queen it was that good! Languoreth is what I would inspire to be! She is everything and what I wouldn’t give for a love like Maelgwn. It’s a wonderful historical fiction and the way the author draws you into the past...
  • Joy Matteson
    1970-01-01
    I yelled, "NOOOOOO" and threw the book when I finished the last page. I can't believe I'm going to have to wait for an unknown period of time for the next book. Signe Pike has done decades of research on the Merlin myths of medieval Britain, and this refreshing glimpse at the lives of Languoreth and her twin brother Lailoken will enthrall you from the first page. It's fast paced, fascinating, and immersive into medieval Britain. You won't want to...
  • Meghan
    1970-01-01
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the curiosity sparking through our young adult patrons and I must say I generally do not respond well to historical Fiction/Fantasy but the The Lost Queen really was engaging and enticing to read. Also I am a huge fan of unique names due to the fact it promotes individuality and I was so ecstatic that the heroine's name is Languoreth. With women empowerment as well our readers along with my...
  • Sami
    1970-01-01
    A lush historical fantasy mapping an untold part of he Arthurian saga-the story of Merlin's twin sister. Equally gifted in magic but bound by the restraints of her gender and familial expectations, Langoreth nonetheless has a stunning part to play in this origin story. Wonderfully researched and brilliantly imagined, The Lost Queen will appeal to fans of Outlander and The Once and Future King alike.
  • Jessie
    1970-01-01
    Comes out 9/4. Part Outlander, part Mists of Avalon, written in a narrative voice not unlike Phillipa Gregory. This is a tale about Languoreth, a real-life queen in early medieval Scotland, who was the twin sister of Lailoken, the man thought to be the inspiration for the Merlin myth. Gosh I really like this one... incredibly readable and great characterization. Signe Pike has a knack for storytelling, and I can't wait for the second installment!
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    I read this book as an ARC. I have always been interested in Arthurian legend and this was an interesting and new take on Arthur’s origins and the birth of Merlin. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the Arthurian legend. The characters were well developed with depth and I felt for them. A solid 4 to 4.5 stars.
  • Brenda Hasse
    1970-01-01
    Very well written and easy to fall into the scenes of this book as they come alive on its pages. Don't want to leave any spoilers. This is the best book I have read in a long time. It is the first book in a series and I can't wait for the next one to be published.
  • David V.
    1970-01-01
    Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 6-30-18. Finished 7-5-18. Loved it. Fictional account of the early Scots about the year 550 AD. Characters you love and those you hate, but they're all interesting. Battles, romance and political intrigue--enough to please every reader, male or female. If you're fed up waiting for the next installment of GOT, this first in a trilogy will certainly grab your interest. I just finished it, and I'm eager...
  • Hillary
    1970-01-01
    I absolutely loved this book. I thought that the story was fascinating and thought out, the characters were super interesting and I can’t wait to see how it continues in the following two books. Also understanding the backstory behind the novel made me fall more in love with it!
  • Charlene
    1970-01-01
    Review to come.
  • Ashley
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this one! The story was engaging and kept my interest until the very last page! I can't wait to pick up the next one and continue the series!