The Lost Queen

The Lost Queen

A Novel

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Compared to Outlander and The Mists of Avalon , this thrilling first novel of a debut trilogy reveals the untold story of Languoreth--a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland--twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin.

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

In a land of mountains and 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.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2018.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501191411
1501191411
Branch Call Number: PIKE S
Characteristics: xii, 527 pages : map ; 24 cm

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I could not be more excited about this first installment of what promises to be an amazing trilogy. Signe Pike, editor turned author, has breathed new life into Arthurian legend with her tale of Languoreth, the twin sister of the man who became Merlin, the "Lost Queen" whose deeds have ... Read More »

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LPL_LeahN Dec 19, 2018

As a big fan of Arthurian literature, I'm always looking for the next read to sweep me away to a time and place of knights and ladies fair, and I definitely found that in this editor turned novelist's debut. Reminiscent of The Mists of Avalon, the story follows Languoreth, the twin sister of the ... Read More »

This is my current read and I have a really good feeling about it. Described as a mix between The Mists of Avalon and Outlander (which immediately got my attention), this story of Merlin's twin sister has all the makings of a sleeper classic. I don't know about you, but I love being able to say I... Read More »


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LPL_LeahN Dec 19, 2018

As a big fan of Arthurian literature, I'm always looking for the next read to sweep me away to a time and place of knights and ladies fair, and I definitely found that in this editor turned novelist's debut. Reminiscent of The Mists of Avalon, the story follows Languoreth, the twin sister of the man who would eventually become Merlin, as she grapples with an unfair fate and the burden of preserving her people's way of life against the rising threat of fervent Christianity.

Mystical, exciting, at times heart wrenching, and complete with a doomed romance plot, I couldn't put this one down.

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