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The Lost Queen

(The Lost Queen Trilogy #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  991 ratings  ·  252 reviews
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
Hardcover, 527 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Touchstone
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Debra Petersen It has romance in it but that is not the main focal point. It's more about Langoreth's journey as a woman, the choices we make, fate/destiny, and the…moreIt has romance in it but that is not the main focal point. It's more about Langoreth's journey as a woman, the choices we make, fate/destiny, and the changing times of Scotland in a period that lies at the heart of Scottish legends and folklore. It is very poetically written. Signe Pike has a gorgeous writing style that would marvel many best selling authors today. She is very good at describing emotions and movement within her story without being very cut dry about it. She does amazingly well with the idea of showing versus telling in her writing. (less)

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Sean Gibson
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There’s something magic about the past.

I don’t mean the recent or immediate past, mind you—as the late, great George Carlin once noted derisively when talking about one-hour photo developers, “You just SAW the f@cking thing!” (Kids: physical photos used to be a thing; just take my word for it.)

No, I mean a past beyond living memory, a time that can only be evoked through a combination of copious historical research and vivid imagination. Whether it’s the fog-shrouded streets of Victorian London,
Mellie Antoinete
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“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 such heroes

It’s funny how circular Langoureth’s st
Patti Henry
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 it; I love it!!!

Margaret Sankey
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 century high queen at the center of transition between C ...more
Christine Spoors
This is now one of my favourite books ever. I am so happy I found this book, a mix of Celtic folklore and historical fiction all in a book set around the Glasgow area in central Scotland where I live?! It's basically the book I've been searching for for years. If you're a fan of books like Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier then I definitely recommend.

This book begins in the year 550 where we meet Languoreth and her twin brother Lailoken, they are the children of Morken, a petty King in
This magical, historical tale, which is the first in a trilogy, had me glued to the pages. The setting is vivid, the characters vibrant, and the writing is beautiful.

Set in sixth-century Celtic Britain, now known as Scotland, the story revolves around Arthurian lore, specifically Merlin. We follow Languoreth and her twin brother Lailoken, who we later know as Merlin. The story begins when Languoreth and Lailoken are ten years of age and have just lost their mother. Both children were born with a
Steve Donoghue
A smart and thunderously readable debut work of historical fiction, and a promise of an immensely enjoyable series! Curious readers lured in by surface echoes of Arthurian mytho-history will find a LOT more going on in these pages. My full review is here:
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I had to force myself to finish this today. I’m happy to report that despite the anachronisms I really enjoyed the last 200 or so Pages... but those first 300.. oh man. What. A. Drag.

This is about the man behind the myth of Merlin... more specifically, Merlin’s twin sister, Langoureth. Set in sixth century Scotland, we watch Langoureth grow from a child to a teen, and eventually an adult.

I want to start by saying the “romance” in this book is nonsensical to the point of being comedic. I wish I w
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Signe Pike decided to re-examine the Arthurian Mythos when she learned that a man who appears to have been the historical Merlin had a twin sister. A novel focused on Merlin's twin sister would certainly be covering new ground. That's why I agreed to review The Lost Queen by Signe Pike when the publisher made a review request. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Net Galley and this is my honest review.

Languoreth is not portrayed as a medieval feminist. As a woman who was a daughter o
The Lit Bitch
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I only needed to see this book marketed as a cross between Outlander and an Arthurian legend and I was immediately excited about reading and reviewing this one.

This book is a debut novel and what a debut it is! I was blown away by the story and you need to immediately move this one up on your TBR list, the hype for this book is real. I was torn between devouring the book to find out what happened and slowing down because I didn’t want the magic to end.

On it’s surface, this book promises all the
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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 author's claim to extensive research (whiskey being men ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Languoreth and her twin brother, Lailoken, are the children of the king, but things aren't entirely happy in their household currently as they just lost their mother. Their father, being a 6th century king, is often gone for long periods of time, so the children find themselves at home with their tutor as well as druid who often takes care of them. One day, Languoreth encounters Ariane, a Wisdom Keeper, who pledges herself to Languoreth. This is just what she needs as she has been longing for a ...more
Susan Johnson
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
I have been a fan of historical fiction since I first read Katherine by Anya Seton in high school. The catch is finding good ones that transport you in time and make the time period come alive. This is one of those. I felt like I was in Scotland in the 550's with young Languoreth, daughter of a minor queen.

This captures the Merlin legend that the author proposes actually happened in Scotland. Her twin brother is Lailoken, later known as Myrddin. Could this be the genesis of the legend of Camel
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong start to a fascinating trilogy which has it's roots in Dark Age Britain. Eagerly awaiting the sequels.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 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 unique, and made their way into my heart permanent ...more
Unabridged Bibliophile
AGHHHHH!!!! So good!! Definitely in the top 3 that I have read this year and I have read some absolute killers. Please, Signe don't take 6 years to write the next one. I need to know if Maelgwn is going to be ok. Like, I honestly might cry if he doesn't make it and I don't cry reading books.
Suzie Shatarevyan
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know a book is that good when you can't stop thinking about it. First in a trilogy. Books 2 and 3 haven't been written yet, how am I to patiently wait? This is not exactly a book review, just me gushing because it's the type of book that enchants me. Beautifully written, well researched. And now I dream of going back to Scotland. Thanks to my colleague and friend, Tiffani, for giving me this book. She knows exactly the types of tales that capture my heart.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those seeking to experience a ‘lost’ 6th C. queen & a Pendragon.
1st. I had immense difficulty putting this book down. 2nd. It is superlatively written and researched.
3rd. The lost queen is a true historical figure. 4th. Her twin brother is connected to Merlin! Signe Pike’s The Lost Queen (The Lost Queen #1) allows the reader to enter 6th century Scotland and The Kingdom of Strathclyde where in The House of Morken reside 10 year old twins, Languoreth and her brother, Lailoken. Their father is high chieftain/petty king of Goddeu. This House practices religion
Crystal King
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a big book, it's a debut, it's a twist on the Arthurian legend, and it's a novel that really needs to be on the top of your TBR pile ASAP. THE LOST QUEEN follows the story of Languoreth and her twin, Lailoken (later known as Merlin). Sixth century Scotland comes to life in vivid color under Pike's pen. She artfully delivers up rich, colorful characters that you deeply care about and will want to follow not just in this book, but in the other two that are to follow. The story of Languoreth i ...more
Out of the Bex
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction with a touch of fantasy

The Lost Queen follows the twin sister of Merlin from youth to adulthood, forging her own role in the annals of history. A history that, until now, has been largely forgotten. Signe Pike, an experienced reader in the Arthurian myth herself, resurrects Languoreth with a story of female power, passion, and grace.

Set in a time when Christianity was just beginning to blight out its pagan predecessor, Languoreth must fight for the protection of “the old ways.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book sounded interesting to me, but I had no idea that I would love it sooo much!

This story follows Languoreth from child to forgotten Queen. Languoreth and her twin Lailoken were raised according to the Old Way. They knew from a young age that one of them would be Chosen as a Wisdom Keeper, and the other would rule their lands. Languoreth wanted so badly to be Chosen. Not only would she be following in her mother's footsteps, she also wouldn't be forced to marry someone for the good of her
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
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
Seeing as I devoured this book pretty quickly (so much so that I didn't even take the time to update it as a current read here on GR) I'd have to give this a very strong 4 stars. You can read the description of the book and see that it's based on the lost story of a young Merlin's twin sister. Since I love that time period and the location in Scotland, I was intrigued. I haven't read a fantasy novel in a while so I was looking forward to a good story. It took a bit for me to really get involved ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This is the type of novel I really enjoyed. The author really did her research on this story, history, Merlin and his twin sister. I just had to read this book! I was sadden when I finished this book. I was hoping there may be a sequel. It felt unfinished. I want more! Think of Mists of Avalon meets with Game of Thrones. This book kept my attention from start to end.
I received this ARC from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you.

update: Just found out this is a trilogy !! YES! c
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of stories about Merlin and King Arthur for as long as I can remember, so when I first heart about The Lost Queen and how it centres partially around the man who is believed to be the inspiration for Merlin and his twin sister, Languoreth, I was extremely excited to pick it up! :)

While it wasn't quite what I expected, I still really, really enjoyed The Lost Queen! The world-building and descriptions were fabulous, and the characters were great! I did find the story dragged a bit
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Lost Queen cast a spell on me from the start and I could not put it down. I’ve always been fascinated by Arthurian legends, specifically the stories about Merlin. What I did not realize, is that Merlin had a twin sister called Languoreth who has been all but lost to history. The cover blurb says, “Outlander meets Camelot”, which is what initially caught my attention, but Languoreth’s story is even more captivating than Claire’s.

The world building and careful attention to detail in The Lost Q
Bego Salem
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful, amazing and awesome book. I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed following Languoreth's and Lailoken's journeys, such an interestig read!
I hadn't read any previous reviews or comments about The Lost Queen, so every twist was a nice surprise, especially.... I wasn't aware of the "Merlin connection" until almost the end and I loved it!
Initially, I bought this book because of the snippet on the cover "Outlander meets Camelot"....and though there is not much Outlander in it (exce
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
My Thoughts:
Medieval history is one of my favorite periods to read about. I love historical fiction. These two combined loves led me to read this book.
I have several thoughts:
•The Lost Queen has been compared to the Outlander series and Camelot. I disagree. Outlander is a different period in Scottish history and time travel is involved. Camelot is a larger than life story. It's a famous story. A story with a bit of magic, and a lot of romance. I've not read The Mists of Avalon series (so I ca
I was amazed by this novel. It is so well researched and so well written that I felt like I was living through the book. The characters are so well described that I -- I don't even know how to describe them. The story is vividly told. I think you have to read to book to truly understand why I have no words!

I am so excited to read the second book in the series. Thank you to NetGalley and Touchstone for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction and Merlin fans will be absolutely delighted with this novel! I really appreciate all of the research and thought Pike put into this story. I haven’t read around 550 pages this quickly for a long time. The best part is it’s all based on true people, events, and locations. I am beyond ecstatic that this is the first in a trilogy and I definitely will be reading Adam Ardrey’s books that Pike recommends in the Author’s Note. I have read Mists of Avalon as well and like others, ha ...more
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Ancient & Medieva...: NOVEMBER 2018: LOST QUEEN by Signe Pike 29 80 Nov 27, 2018 04:45PM  
Signe Pike is the author of LOST QUEEN Trilogy (Touchstone/Atria/S&S). THE LOST QUEEN was a Barnes & Noble "Discover New Writers Pick" & a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018.

Her memoir FAERY TALE: One Woman's Search for Enchantment in a Modern World, was a "Best of 2010" Pick from Kirkus Reviews and received glowing reviews from Harper's Bazaar, Women's Adventure Magazine, and renowned
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