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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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Scottish Delight!

Wonderful, well researched historical drama narrated by extremely talented voices!
The characters were mostly historical figures that she incorporated into a wonderful take on Arthurian legends. And some time after I had started the series, I was delighted to learn that this all takes place in Scotland.

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Jumping around with three characters is a miss

It was not bad. It was not great. She switches characters every chapter. This writing method always seems to make characters feel distant to me. I didn’t feel vested in the outcome. To clarify, the version of Christianity Pike references is not the how Christianity is to function. This time period and into the dark ages saw a version of Christianity that was not reflective of it’s intended nature as put forth in the Bible.

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I forgotten Kingdom

fabulous and outstanding the great caregiving to follow along the lines of historical and archaeological proof is amazing the storytelling is one that grasps the heart the mind and soul

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What a rip off!

I bought this book thinking it was a sequel to the Lost Queen, but it's nearly the same book. I should get my credit back!

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Lyrical

Engrossing tale well told. Admirable narration, lilting vocals. A weaving of lives and fates well told. A worthy second book in the series about the mystery, myth and legends of the British people.

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The Forgotten Kingdom

This second book of the trilogy does not disappoint. Once again, both characters and plot are dense and captivating. The narration is excellent. I look forward to the third book.

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Enjoyable listen

A fun distraction during the pandemic. Somehow a Scottish accent makes everything seem a little safer. Appreciate the research that went into the book.

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absolutely wonderful

Signe Pike HAS to be one of the most creative and imaginative talents in her field. Her research of the time and people for her books was so extensive and well woven into this story. I highly recommend listening to the epilogue or authors note at the end first, to really gain an understanding of how amazing her talent is and how dedicated and respectful she is to the subject, the history and the stories/legends of this century. The characters are so well described, you feel you know them. The artful way she creates a scene in the story feels like you are right there, beside the character, experiencing it with them. Her prose is so poetic and thoughtful that you wish people would speak like that today, just for the romance of it all.
I would truly read absolutely anything she ever wrote just to have the enjoyment these books brought me.
And kudos many times to the selection of the narrators! They were mesmerizing and listening to them narrate this wonderful story truly brought you into the time and circumstances of the characters. There are few things quite as beautiful as a scottish or irish lilt and way of speaking, but these narrators brought that to a new perfection.
I cannot wait to find another book by this author, but based on the intricate research she does, I fear I may have to be patient. Enjoy this book and series.

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Compelling second book in Lost Queen series

I gave the performance of four, but the woman I actually feel deserves 5 stars. One man had an accent that put me off, sounding like he was Antonio Banderas instead of somebody Scottish or British. The story was wonderful, and I am even more interested in the history of that time since listening to it.