Series: The Lost Queen Trilogy #1
by Signe Pike
Published by Simon and Schuster
on June 4, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Historical, General, Sagas, Fantasy, Arthurian
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The Lost Queen by Signe Pike is the first in the series of The Lost Queen Trilogy. The second book The Forgotten Kingdom comes out on September 15th, 2020. The Lost Queen is a historical fiction fantasy based in sixth-Century Scotland. Our lead character is the twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin.
The Lost Queen Summary
This story is broken up into 3 parts.
Part one starts when our main character Langoureth is about 10 or 11. It starts off with her mother who just recently passed away from a sickness that has plagued their lands. Around this same time, the Angles are starting a war with a nearby kingdom. Christianity has been slowly becoming popular in nearby lands as well as Langoureth’s family kingdoms. Up until now the spread of Christianity was peaceful.
Part 2 jumps to when Langoureth is 14 and almost marrying age. Her father decides it’s time to arrange a match for her marriage. Langoureth’s dream was to become a Wisdom Keeper. Wisdom Keepers are counselors to Kings, Healers, Seers, and interpreters of the messages from the gods. But her twin brother was chosen to be a Wisdom Keeper, and she was chosen to marry a high lord or a prince to secure an alliance to keep her families land safe. She was then betrothed to the High Kings son and Christian Prince of Strathclyde, Rhydderch Tutgual.
Part 3 of the story we see Langoureth married to Rhydderch, who is the prince of the Strathclyde but not yet named heir of the throne. Her brother now fights in the war against the Angles, and the Christians are still trying to erase her religion of the Old Ways.
The Lost Queen Review
Langoureth starts off as a strong character. I loved how her family didn’t shelter her. I love how stubborn she is, and the decisions she makes knowing that it won’t end well. But she does it because she thinks its right. I enjoyed the relationship between Langoureth and her twin brother and how they held each other accountable for there part. The Lost Queen made me root for Langoureth even when she was doing something I thought was stupid.
This had the right balance for me between an atmospheric and a character-driven story. Sometimes the detail could bog down the movement in the plot but I was pretty captivated so it didn’t bother me. The names are long and can be difficult to pronounce. I have seen some complaints from other reviewers on this. But the names fascinated me more rather than bother me.
It is label as a fantasy but its not really a fantasy. The Lost Queen has very little fantasy elements. It is a strong historical fiction though.
There was so much about this world that captivated me. The way they choose to get revenge, the politics, family dynamics, Kingdom dynamics, Wisdom Keepers, I am not sure I can ever look at crows the same way again.
This is my least favorite about the book. I don’t think anything is wrong, this is just my personal preference. This book has a insta love trope, and then a forbidden love trope. Now insta love is not my favorite trope, but that was not the problem here. I feel like Langoureth forgives to quickly.
I am giving the book 4/5 stars. I can’t wait for the next book. There were times when reading it and my eyes were drooping because I was up till 1 am but I didn’t want to put it down.
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