Last week I received a copy of The Lost Queen by Signe Pike from Touchstone Publishing Co. through NetGalley. I am forced to give this book a glowing 5 star review because it was simply amazing. Here is why …
I was thrilled to read The Lost Queen by Signe Pike because honestly; I have had some bad reads the previous couple weeks. This book is a welcomed refreshment of pure reading bliss. The novel carried me into a journey where life is much harder. Pike weaves a story surrounding Languoreth, princess of Cadzow and her journey into a world of arranged marriage, a religious war, tyrannical kings, and gender bias.
Languoreth and her twin brother are absolutely adorable. They are so endearing as siblings surviving a chaotic world together. Their relationship for me is what defines loyalty, friendship, and honor. Pike managed to make me fall in love with almost all the characters in the story such as King Morken and Cathan, the wisdom keeper.
In the novel, there is a lot of religious upheaval as Christians move in on the old ways in an attempt to extinguish the old religion entirely. I found this aspect of the plot to be extremely well done. The author alludes to a lot of the details and masterly shows the pivotal moments to us readers. This was greatly appreciated because it provided me with a clear picture that was entertaining and didn’t leave me feeling bored enough to start skimming sentences. It wasn’t overly done or pretentious. I was filled with the same outrage, heartbreak, and anger the people of Briton were feeling at the time against evil men such as Mungo and the ruthless High King, Languoreth’s future father-in-law. The characters are so uniquely vivid and felt so real to me throughout the story.
Romance is something I always enjoy in any story and love to see something heartwarming; luckily, this book had plenty of it! From an affair with a warrior following Emrys Pendragon that results in a baby to a brooding husband that is more kind-hearted than first impressions reveal. There is plenty of juicy emotional feels stacked into a beautifully set novel that really just sucks you right into the story.
The characters are what really made this book so appealing; however, the history, setting, and research into structuring this novel allowed me to form pictures in my head that smoothly kept up with the story as I went through it.
This book receives a 5 out of 5-star review from me. I highly recommend checking it out especially if historical fiction is something you enjoy. This book was just a delight!
I write because I have seen the darkness that will come. Already there are those who seek to tell a new history…
In a land of mountains and mist, tradition and superstition, Languoreth and her brother Lailoken are raised in the Old Way of their ancestors. But in Scotland, a new religion is rising, one that brings disruption, bloodshed, and riot. And even as her family faces the burgeoning forces of Christianity, the Anglo-Saxons, bent on colonization, are encroaching from the east. When conflict brings the hero Emrys Pendragon to her father’s door, Languoreth finds love with one of his warriors. Her deep connection to Maelgwn is forged by enchantment, but she is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of a Christian king. As Languoreth is catapulted into a world of violence and political intrigue, she must learn to adapt. Together with her brother—a warrior and druid known to history as Myrddin—Languoreth must assume her duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way and the survival of her kingdom, or risk the loss of them both forever.
Based on new scholarship, this tale of bravery and conflicted love brings a lost queen back to life—rescuing her from obscurity, and reaffirming her place at the center of one of the most enduring legends of all time.
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