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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Lost Queen, hailed as “Outlander meets Camelot” (Kirsty Logan, the author of The Gloaming) and “The Mists of Avalon for a new generation” (Linnea Hartsuyker, the author of The Golden Wolf), a “rich, immersive” (Kirkus Reviews) new novel in which a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland claims her throne as war looms and her family is scattered to the winds.

AD 573. Imprisoned in her chamber, Languoreth awaits news in torment. Her husband and son have ridden off to war against her brother, Lailoken. She doesn’t yet know that her young daughter, Angharad, who was training with Lailoken to become a Wisdom Keeper, has been lost in the chaos. As one of the bloodiest battles of early medieval Scottish history abandons its survivors to the wilds of Scotland, Lailoken and his men must flee to exile in the mountains of the Lowlands, while nine-year-old Angharad must summon all Lailoken has taught her to follow her own destiny through the mysterious, mystical land of the Picts.

In the aftermath of the battle, old political alliances unravel, opening the way for the ambitious adherents of the new religion: Christianity. Lailoken is half-mad with battle sickness, and Languoreth must hide her allegiance to the Old Way to survive her marriage to the next Christian king of Strathclyde. Worst yet, the new King of the Angles is bent on expanding his kingdom at any cost. Now the exiled Lailoken, with the help of a young warrior named Artur, may be the only man who can bring the warring groups together to defeat the encroaching Angles. But to do so, he must claim the role that will forever transform him. He must become the man known to history as “Myrddin.”

“Intrigue, rivalry, and magic among the mists of old Britain - The Forgotten Kingdom is an enchantment of a read.” (Kate Quinn, New York Times best-selling author of The Alice Network)

©2020 Signe Pike (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Signe leaves us hanging. Again!

I waited so long for this book to come out! I’m a little disappointed. The Lost Queen cracked my heart into a million pieces several times. I won’t give any spoilers but I would have liked if she had gone more into where ‘The Lost Queen’ had left off. It felt like whoever edited this booked chopped half of it.

The character development was nowhere near that of TLQ, which is why I was so invested with the characters, story and left craving book two. I don’t think TFK will work as a stand-alone for that reason. Granted, it’s probably not meant to.

There’s a lot of missed opportunities for the political intrigues that drew me in in the first book. I didn’t care for this book as much as the first. I hope the 3rd book in the trilogy will deliver what the first book did. Also, it would have been nice to have the authors notes at the end of this one as well. I hope Signe returns to the character development she used in TLQ, and the political and religious intrigues that were included in book one, which are integral to that time in history.

If you’re looking for a romance novel(s),this series isn’t for you.

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Not as good as book #1 but still a good yarn

I loved the first book in this series, so I was excited for the release of the second. I was a little disappointed in that this production now has three narrators (I prefer one). All the same, it was a good story and I look forward to #3. Toni Frutin is an amazing narrator. I didn’t find Furlong and Waring to be quite as convincing, but this would not deter me from listening to their work again.

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Fascinating.

The story is fascinating. The many complicated characters form a complicated story. Each character could have an exciting story all their own! Combining these characters into this series of books shows an amazing ability by the author!

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Great historical fiction!

Loved these first two books in the Lost Queen trilogy, both excellent. Signe is a gifted writer, and once started, couldn’t put them down. She gave these historical figures voice and character weaving their lives into actual events based on her extensive historical research, wonderful storytelling, and understanding of the language and obvious prejudices of the time. The narrators were phenomenal. I love good historical fiction (not fantasy) and this author delivered! Exceptional across the board. I look forward to the third book next year.

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Unforgettable!

Thrilling and unforgettable story. Signe Pike has blessed us all with her research, reasoning, and insight into the possibilities of how the ancient Scotts thought. The authors note is as impressive as her prose. Thank you, thank you Signe and Audible! More!

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New favorite author!

Signe Pike is my new favorite author! I couldn't stop reading! kept me either entranced by learning about this early Scottish period and/or on the edge of my seat. these are amazing and entertaining stories!

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Enthralling and Moving

I was swept away on a current of emotions while listening. My heart and mind raced to make connections and predictions about Languoreth and her loved ones. The description of 6th century Scotland and its inhabitants and there cultures had me listening for hours on end. Laughing and weeping with the character’s hardships, joys and losses. Knowing the underlying story is based on a true Queen from a forgotten time, lends magic and a longing for more.

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Labored but a Worthy Read

Fans of historical fiction and fantasy will enjoy this trilogy. This is book Two and is best enjoyed after reading book One, which is the better book. Signe Pike is an extremely talented writer. She strikes the perfect balance between prose and realism. Her words are adventurous and beautiful; her descriptions are lush and colorful; and her dialogue is stunningly believable. The battle scenes, strategies and commands are harsh, gritty and completely plausible. She isn’t afraid to take the reader through the brambles.

My complaints are reserved for the ending. It felt extremely rushed and left me with the same feeling as running out of gas 10 miles from a destination. Some of the most thrilling fulfillment moments are completely left out. The battle weary readers, with blood and guts on their faces, are completely robbed of the fruits of their labor. I wanted to witness the moment Langoureth discovers what happened to Rhydderech? Maelgwyn? Those moments are completely left out. We go from frantic searching to a dinner afterwards in the hall without so much as a “howdy do”. Anticlimactic endings are for amateurs. Signe is deeper than that, so what we are probably the unfortunate audience of a publisher deadline that came up too fast.

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i love the story so much

i loved the characters. I love the strength of the characters. could not stand Mongo lol excited to see what's next.

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Similar to outlander but more intense

This is extremely well written, characters are well developed, the history is researched with care and the story is intricate, heartbreaking, beautiful. Extremely well narrated as well! I love this series.