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The Lost Queen

(The Lost Queen Trilogy #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  7,676 ratings  ·  1,410 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,
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
Brittany Lee
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction lovers
Shelves: 2020-arcs, favorites
I swear on sword and stone, every bone in my body adored this!

Setting: 6th century, Scotland
A geographical map is included at the beginning of the book, I enjoyed referring to this whenever travels were being taken.

Genre: Historical Fiction
Weaved with Royalty, Folklore, Sacrifice/Death, Botany/Herbalism/Healing (this was my favorite), Magic, Romance, and War.

Cover: Best cover of all the books I have right now! The bronzed copper to ombre gold lining the foggy background is breath-taking. The sym
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
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!!!

Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Have you ever wondered how the legend of King Arthur, Merlin, and the cast of what has become known as Camelot came about? Is it pure legend or is there maybe a small scrap of evidence that these people did indeed roam the earth?

The setting is sixth century Scotland. The main characters are Languoreth, a forgotten future queen and her twin brother Lailoken. These children were raised in the time of the old ways, ways that preceded them and possessed mystery, power, and a touch of magic. The old
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
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Brittany Lee
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
September 27th, 2020 Review (Reviews keep disappearing.💔)

I swear on sword and stone, every bone in my body adored this!

Setting: 6th century, Scotland
A geographical map is included at the beginning of the book, I enjoyed referring to this whenever travels were being taken.

Genre: Historical Fiction
Weaved with Royalty, Folklore, Sacrifice/Death, Botany/Herbalism/Healing (this was my favorite), Magic, Romance, and War.

Cover: Best cover of all the books I have right now! The bronzed copper to ombre g
Ali Enchanted
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!
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have no words. When I finished this one I immediately wanted to start it over and fall back into this world. Incredible.
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
Laura Tenfingers
I was brutally disappointed by this book. Miraculously I was able to finish it.

I was expecting a 6th century creation myth of Arthur with a focus on a forgotten but influential woman. Unfortunately said woman (she's a girl at the start) came across as ignorant, impetuous, incapable of making anything but the most stupid choices and I couldn't care about her or relate to her in the slightest. There was no greatness conveyed nor any sense at all of her having been influential or accomplished in an
The Lost Queen by Signe Pike may be a bit of a tome, but it's an absolutely stunning novel about Celtic history and sixth-century Scotland. It is the start to a trilogy and what an amazing start it was! I was completely sucked into Languoreth's world and really appreciated the fact hers is the only viewpoint for this novel. Although Pike took some liberties since it's fiction (and a dash of fantasy), I still feel like I learned a lot about AD Scotland. I was really impressed by how the author co ...more
The Lost Queen
By Signe Pike

When I heard that this was the untold story of Languoreth and the setting of 6th century Scotland and the twin sister of the man that inspired the legend of Merlin, Lailoken. As much as we hear about Merlin, there really was not much that we know about his twin sister and this was such a compeling read that I enjoyed reading about. I was completely sold. I read this in a matter of few days with very few rest in between because yes, I was just that hooked. In the end a
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
Asheley T.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING story. So, so good!

Langoureth was one of Scotland's queens during the 6th century. She was twin sister to Lailoken, who was the inspiration for the legend of Merlin. When Langoureth was young, she had big dreams for her future, but these dreams did not come to pass. Instead, she was married into a powerful family in a political move designed by her father, with hopes that she would be able to bring her people closer to the protection of their king. Langoureth lived during a time when kin
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been wanting to read this book for a loooooong time. I am a HUGE Outlander fan, and when I saw the comparison (and the beautiful cover featuring a redhead), and read the amazing synopsis, I was really excited to read and own this gorgeous book. I'm so glad to have finally read it. It's a captivating tale of Langoreth, the twin sister of Lailoken who inspired the Merlin myth. I love historical fiction, and I could totally see where the comparisons with Diana Galbadon's work were. It's captiv ...more
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
This was so, so beautiful, enchanted, mystical and heart-breaking.
Signe Pike brings early medieval Scotland to life so vividly and rich in detail as well as her characters who feel alive and real.

Languoreth is such a great protagonist, she is fierce and brave and willing to risk everything to protect those close to her. Especially the bond with her children and the description of her love for them moved me to tears. Multiple times.

I'm so excited (and very anxious) to learn how Languoreth and
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! ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the synopsis of The Lost Queen, but I didn't care for the story after all. I think I'm just not a fan of the time period. I tried but couldn't connect with the characters. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. ...more
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THE LOST QUEEN was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Pick, Kirkus Reviews "Best Book of 2018," Library Journal Fall/Winter 2018 Best Debut Novel, New York Public Library Best Book for Adults of 2018, and a Charleston City Paper Critic's Pick.

THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, the second book in the series, was named one of Bustle and PopSugar's most anticipated books of Fall 2020.

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