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Publisher's Summary

The Mists of Avalon meets the world of Philippa Gregory in the thrilling first novel of a debut trilogy that 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. 

©2018 Signe Pike (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"[Narrator Toni] Frutin creates an atmosphere of tension as the proponents of the new Christian God seek the demise of the Old Way and the Druids (the Wisdom Keepers). She sets a strong, steady pace that make the hours fly by." (AudioFile)

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Lost no more!

I saw the "Outlander meets Camelot" on the cover and knew I had to read this one! I was expecting to be interested but a little let down. I mean, it's being compared to Outlander and Camelot! I wasn't let down at all. I was surprised. I fell fast and hard for this book.
The writing was beautiful, the story was very interesting, and the characters felt alive and well thought out!
If you are interested in Arthurian legends, historical fiction, Scotland, or even just a really good tale...read this!
The note from the author at the end was also very interesting. I'm so happy Signe Pike brought forth The Lost Queen, Languoreth, so she could get the spotlight she so deserved!

This is the first book I've listened to narrated by Toni Frutin and I would definitely listen to more. Her voice was perfect for this!

Now I'm off to try and wait patiently for the next book to come.

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Held me captive!!

Loved this story immensely. It left me wanting more!! Such amazing descriptions made me feel as though I were there!

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Arthurian history buffs - read this book!

Wonderful debut of historical fiction. The story was engaging, the characters fairly well developed (Christianity gets a bad rap from these fellows, but it is what it was), and the details of the locations were perfect!
The narrator did a grand job with all the different characters - male and female - and I'm sure I am not the only one who would have struggled to pronounce the names and some of the old language used to help set the tone historically.
Definitely hoping there is a next book from this author!

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Exciting story and engaging

This is a great book once you adjust to the accent. Very fun and wanted more

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Love it!

I will read this again. I felt a special connection with this book. The author's great details put me in the book.

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Ended Too Soon!

I loved this story. It came alive with Toni Trutin's narration and I was so disappointed when it ended. There had better be a second book because the story just ends without any satisfaction. There was too much work and character development to leave it as it is. There is a lot of potential for a second and/or third book here.

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I love this book

This book was a joy to listen to, and the Author Note at the end was interesting enough to get my 10 year old son engaged and researching.

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Couldn't stop listening!

Wonderfully written! The ending was a bit lackluster, though, considering how much time and care was spent in the rest of the story. Author's note is the icing on the cake to this historical "tale"!

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Loved this story

I found the story to be entertaining & it captured my interest enough to listen to the whole book. the writing was wonderful & evocative. I hope there are or will be, additional books that continue the story.

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Engaging story

I purchased the audible version of this book and I just couldn't put it down. The storyline had me hooked and I just couldn't wait to keep listening. The author did a great job researching the material for her book, and the narrator was an engaging pleasure to listen to for the telling of this fantastic story. I highly recommend this!