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The Lost Queen

(The Lost Queen Trilogy #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,716 ratings  ·  870 reviews
Compared to Outlander and The Mists of Avalon, this thrilling first novel of a debut trilogy reveals the untold story of Languoreth—a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland—twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin.

I write because I have seen the darkness that will come. Already there are those who seek to tell a new history...

In a land of mountains and
Hardcover, 527 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Touchstone
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Debra Petersen (Queen of Historical Fiction) 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 Antoinette
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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Wowza! This book! Have you heard of Languoreth, a queen of Scotland during the 6th century? She was the twin sister of the magical man, Lailoken, who inspired the legend of Merlin. We so often hear of Merlin, but what of his sister?

My thoughts: Scotland in the 6th century, as you can imagine, is wondrous and full of superstition. Christianity is on the rise, just as the Anglo-Saxons begin to invade. Languoreth falls in love with a warrior, but is forced into marriage with the son of a Chri
Toni Frutin is a voice-over GODDESS. I can't believe she hasn't narrated more books! Seriously. AUTHORS, take note. Hire this woman to narrate your books! She has delivered an exquisite performance here.

Review to come.

This story takes place in the beginning of the middle ages in Europe, when Christianity began to spread and overtake ancient Celtic religion (the druids). It's the origin story of this guy you might have heard of named Merlin:

But the main story is about his twin sister imagined her
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!!!

Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, historical
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
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lost Queen by Signe Pike is the sweeping tale of Languoreth, a queen in 6th century Scotland who has largely been forgotten by history, but who made an impact. She has a twin brother called Lailoken, who later will become known as Myrddin, a.k.a. Merlin. The story follows her through her life from the age of 10 through her early 30s. This occurs during the time when Christianity is first reaching Scotland, and Languoreth is of the generation where the tide could flow either way. She also mus ...more
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Dec 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this so much. It has great reviews and I love me a good woman-centric Arthurian legend. But I deeply disliked this book. Deeply. I won't say I hated it, because that's a bit strong, but I have a clear memory of getting about 80% of the way through and getting so worked up I had trouble falling asleep.

First of all, it's too long. It's a lot of book in which nothing much happens besides the same repetitive tropes you get in of these books. It ended SO ABRUPTLY, as well, so all of
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
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
Janelle Janson
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
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
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
So this is my literal definition of "Samm's historical fiction trash"

I am GA about medieval Scotland and taking maybe real/maybe fake characters from old history and just fucking with them. It's a thing that needs to happen more and doesn't. Taking the potential real person that became the mythical "Merlin" and then giving me the POV of his twin sister who got married to a King who would then fight her brother...YASSSSSS

It's definitely slower paced at some points but it uses this tim
2 stars - Meh. Just ok.

I had such high hopes for this one but at 40% through, I’m indifferent to finishing it. DNF’ing as there’s no excuse to not be engaged after reading over 200 pages. While not bad, the plot moves along so slowly that the reader constantly feels like they are just waiting for something interesting to happen.

The narrator of the audiobook does a really nice performance, and it is only because of her I made it this far before deciding to put this one aside.
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
Ali Corvere
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely fantastic.
I assumed it was a historical fantasy but there aren't really any classic fantasy elements.
Even so, I loved it.

It has everything I like: An interesting setting, healers, political intrigue, super high stakes, and engaging characters.

I cannot wait till the second one comes out!
oh worm.

i was promised arthuriana. i did not receive or indeed find any worthy arthuriana.

the lost queen promises to be a feminist retelling of the arthurian myth, from the point of view of languoreth, the sister of a druid who could be the inspiration for merlin. i longed to love it.

however. the novel itself is uneven and lacking in nuance. languoreth is so distant and thinly drawn; her emotions are completely inaccessible. she's too polished as a child and too amateur as an adult. some of her
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
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: ...more
Colleen Houck
This book was aptly described as Outlander meets Camelot. It took me a while to get used to the names but once I did, I was sucked into the story. I was even more fascinated once I read the author's note at the end. You really get a sense of history and it makes me want to know who these people were even more. Bravo!
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
Maddie O.
I received an ARC of this book via netgalley but all opinions are my own.

I thought this was a fantastic book. Everything about it was superb- the sense of place, the characterization, the writing. I thought the author seamlessly blended her use of real historical events and knowledge with the places where she got creative to fill in the blanks. I cannot wait until the next installment!
Ginger Bensman
I listened (on Audible) to narrator par excellence, Toni Frutin, read The Lost Queen in the most sublime Scottish accent, and then, because I loved it so much, I wanted to see the narrative, maps and notations on the page, I purchased the paperback. The Lost Queen is a gripping magical historical novel about Merlin’s twin sister, Langoureth, her struggles, loves and times. This is a highly atmospheric book that captures a time and the place where one era/ culture/ religion gives way to another ( ...more
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
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.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first book finished in 2019 is a wonder of romantic historical fiction set in sixth century Scotland. I first came to know of Signe Pike eight years ago when I read her lovely memoir Faery Tale, wherein she went on a journey to honor her recently deceased father as well as to determine whether or not fairies are real.

That endeavor led to her continued research on Celtic history and folklore. The Lost Queen is the first in a trilogy about a Queen lost to history. She includes new historical
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just randomly picked this book up from the library and I'm so glad that I did. The writing is beautiful and the story was so compelling! Such a great read ❤️
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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 spiritual le

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