The Lost Queen

The Lost Queen

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 Mists of Avalon meets Philippa Gregory in the first book of an exciting historical trilogy that reveals the untol...

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Title:The Lost Queen
Author:Signe Pike
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Lost Queen
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:527 pages pages

The Lost Queen Reviews

  • Crystal King
    Sep 11, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

  • Andrienne
    Jul 21, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

    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'...

    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 understan...

    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 l...

    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. ...

  • Patti Henry
    Jun 27, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

  • Shomeret
    Sep 24, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

  • Wendy
    Oct 14, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Steve Donoghue
    Sep 13, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    Oct 03, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

  • Candace
    Sep 03, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

    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'...

    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 understan...

    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 l...

  • Ambur
    Sep 08, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

  • Elizabeth
    Sep 17, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

    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'...

    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 understan...

  • Susan Johnson
    Sep 19, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    Sep 01, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

    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'...

    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 understan...

    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 l...

    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. ...

    2.5/5 stars. rtc if I ever actually catch up on my review writing *throws confetti* ...

    Full review to come ...

    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 is set during the tumultuous time when Christianity was first getting a strong hold on an area steeped in...

  • Nina Carboni
    Sep 11, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

    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'...

    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 understan...

    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 l...

    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. ...

    2.5/5 stars. rtc if I ever actually catch up on my review writing *throws confetti* ...

    Full review to come ...

    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 is set during the tumultuous time when Christianity was first getting a strong hold on an area steeped in...

    Excellent! Can?t wait for the rest. ...

  • Annette
    Oct 17, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

    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'...

    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 understan...

    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 l...

    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. ...

    2.5/5 stars. rtc if I ever actually catch up on my review writing *throws confetti* ...

    Full review to come ...

    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 is set during the tumultuous time when Christianity was first getting a strong hold on an area steeped in...

    Excellent! Can?t wait for the rest. ...

    The Lost Queen by Signe Pike is the first novel in a series about the Merlin and King Arthur legend. This is a legend I have love since I was a little girl. Signe Pike has turned that legend on it's head and the result is a meticulously researched novel that brings the true history beh...

    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 di...

  • Margaret Sankey
    Jun 17, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

  • Melissa
    Jul 01, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

  • Rory O'Connor
    Sep 11, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

    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'...

    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 understan...

    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 l...

    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. ...

    2.5/5 stars. rtc if I ever actually catch up on my review writing *throws confetti* ...

    Full review to come ...

    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 is set during the tumultuous time when Christianity was first getting a strong hold on an area steeped in...

    Excellent! Can?t wait for the rest. ...

    The Lost Queen by Signe Pike is the first novel in a series about the Merlin and King Arthur legend. This is a legend I have love since I was a little girl. Signe Pike has turned that legend on it's head and the result is a meticulously researched novel that brings the true history beh...

    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 di...

    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 centur...

    (4.5 Stars) Primarily following the life of Languoreth - first as a girl who loses her mother, then as a political bargaining chip, and finally as a wife and mother - The Lost Queen is the first in a trilogy about early Arthurian legend. Although I was intrigued by its description a...

  • Quirkybookworm
    Sep 23, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

  • Gaele
    Sep 07, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

  • Nichole
    Sep 27, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

  • Lorraine
    Oct 02, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

    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'...

    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 understan...

    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 l...

    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. ...

    2.5/5 stars. rtc if I ever actually catch up on my review writing *throws confetti* ...

    Full review to come ...

    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 is set during the tumultuous time when Christianity was first getting a strong hold on an area steeped in...

    Excellent! Can?t wait for the rest. ...

    The Lost Queen by Signe Pike is the first novel in a series about the Merlin and King Arthur legend. This is a legend I have love since I was a little girl. Signe Pike has turned that legend on it's head and the result is a meticulously researched novel that brings the true history beh...

    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 di...

    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 centur...

  • Jess
    Oct 02, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

    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'...

    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 understan...

    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 l...

    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. ...

    2.5/5 stars. rtc if I ever actually catch up on my review writing *throws confetti* ...

  • Sarah
    Sep 30, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

  • whatsjennareading
    Sep 06, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

  • Mellie Antoinete
    Aug 21, 2018

    ?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 ...

  • Stacie
    Jun 21, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    Sep 19, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

    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'...

    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 understan...

    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 l...

    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. ...

    2.5/5 stars. rtc if I ever actually catch up on my review writing *throws confetti* ...

    Full review to come ...

  • Becky
    Sep 13, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

    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'...

    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 understan...

    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 l...

    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. ...

    2.5/5 stars. rtc if I ever actually catch up on my review writing *throws confetti* ...

    Full review to come ...

    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 is set during the tumultuous time when Christianity was first getting a strong hold on an area steeped in...

    Excellent! Can?t wait for the rest. ...

    The Lost Queen by Signe Pike is the first novel in a series about the Merlin and King Arthur legend. This is a legend I have love since I was a little girl. Signe Pike has turned that legend on it's head and the result is a meticulously researched novel that brings the true history beh...

    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 di...

    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 centur...

    (4.5 Stars) Primarily following the life of Languoreth - first as a girl who loses her mother, then as a political bargaining chip, and finally as a wife and mother - The Lost Queen is the first in a trilogy about early Arthurian legend. Although I was intrigued by its description a...

    I saw the "Outlander meets Camelot" on the cover and knew I had to read this one! I was expecting to be interested but a little let down. I mean, it's being compared to Outlander and Camelot! I wasn't let down at all. I was surprised. I fell fast and hard for this book. The writing wa...

  • Bego Salem
    Sep 26, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

    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'...

  • Patricia
    Sep 21, 2018

    ?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 ...

    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 f...

    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 Strath...

    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: https://openlettersreview.com/...

    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, Lan...

    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...

    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 i...

    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...

    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...

    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, dau...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 c...

    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 o...

    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 r...

    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 pic...

    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 ...

    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'...

    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 understan...

    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 l...

    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. ...

    2.5/5 stars. rtc if I ever actually catch up on my review writing *throws confetti* ...

    Full review to come ...

    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 is set during the tumultuous time when Christianity was first getting a strong hold on an area steeped in...

    Excellent! Can?t wait for the rest. ...

    The Lost Queen by Signe Pike is the first novel in a series about the Merlin and King Arthur legend. This is a legend I have love since I was a little girl. Signe Pike has turned that legend on it's head and the result is a meticulously researched novel that brings the true history beh...