Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Touchstone
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.
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 – embracing the Old Way and training to become a Wisdom Keeper.
As Languoreth grows she learns that she must give up so much of herself for those around her, but she does it because of the love that she has for her family, her duty and the ways that she was raised. She falls madly in love with a warrior who loves her just as deeply, right before she is to marry another. She makes the decision to take whatever happiness that she can in the moments given to her by the Gods and commits her heart to the love of her life while giving her hand and body to another. She holds tight to the stolen moments she had and carries on with her duty and her destiny.
From the moment this story begins we are drawn into the mysteries and the magic of ancient Scotland. We are show bits of the Old Ways and the lives of those who were bound by it. Signe Pike paints such an amazing picture with her words. She makes you feel what the characters are feeling and you truly care about what happens to them.
There were a few things that I did feel were out of place – primarily in one section where a certain word is used, which happens to be a word that I hate and truly wish another was used in its place.
The book starts when they are quite young (starting a 9 years old to 32 years old), but as the ages of our characters progress I found that the violence and the sexual nature does as well.
I think that this book would be suitable for older teens – adults.
I have not read many historical fiction novels but I think I will start. This book is the first of a proposed trilogy and I can not wait to see where the other books will take us.