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The Lost Queen

A Novel
Narrated by: Toni Frutin
Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (830 ratings)

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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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When is the next book out... can’t wait.

Absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Great story great pace. I felt emotional involved right from the start and all the characters came vibrantly to life. I will definitely be recommending this one.
It is indeed an echo of the Mists of Avalon... another book I just loved. Can’t wait for the next book and it’s not that often I say that. The only other one I am currently waiting on is the Winds of Winter, so that’s saying something.

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surprised by strong reviews

I found this book to be just ok. The author is an historian--and her author's note at the end is the best part of the book. The tale she has put together is -- in my opinion (and clearly I am alone in this) cliche and her characters predictable and not well-drawn. The detail that I believe this historian could have included to deepen the reader's engagement with the story, is scattered quite sparsely and superficially. Someone compared this to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon series, but there is really no comparison. Both Bradley's and Gabaldon's books are rich with historic detail (hence, each one is a tome) and their characters are so finely drawn they seem to take on life. So--this is, I believe, this author's first time out of the gate and she may overcome her weaknesses as a story teller as she develops as an author. I really do hope so, because based on her author's note, I suspect she has enough knowledge of the history and setting to follow in Gabaldon and Bradley's footsteps.

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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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YA Romance Novel?

I found this book disappointing. It read like a YA romance novel rather than a richly descriptive historical tale of a lost queen. Langoureth spends much time wailing about her troubles and pining over her lost lover. I was drawn in by the high ratings.

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Enthralling tale of an ancient world

Toni Frutin brings Signe Pike’s characters to life. Her tone, intonation, dialect and emotion pulls you in and enlivens this tale of love, survival, war, and life in early medieval Britain.

The author skillfully weaves her tale leaving you wanting to know what happens next.



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The Narrator is what makes this my Favorite!!!

I love the story, but it's the Narrator that makes it my favorite Audible book so far!!! she makes me feel like I am right there along with the character in the book, and she makes me feel like the main character is talking to me directly, I absolutely loved her performance!!! Thank you Toni.

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Well researched and interesting

Historical romances, which is what I’d say this is, are not always my thing especially when the historical accuracy is sacrificed to make a better story. I especially get annoyed when feisty female heroines engage in actions that would most likely never have been permitted if a woman in that time period. This is NOT the case in this book, or I should say MOSTLY not the case. It seems to me the restrictions on an upper class/ royal woman’s ability to choose her own spouse or follow her own interests are depicted as realistically limited yet the heroine of this novel pushes those boundaries but with realistically severe consequences. Actions and choices and people are given realistic shades of grey in terms of their goodness or badness with the exception of a few clear “ bad guys”. And the way intelligent and independent minded women wield power within the reality of the day also seemed realistic. Also I loved the forbidden romance part. Maybe because it involved mostly not being together but still holding a torch. Also realistic and touching to me. I don’t want to say much more so I don’t give spoilers except to say I got this book because supposedly it was a new rendering of Arthurian tales. It’s being compared to Mists of. Avalon because of the Christianity conquering pagan Britain theme as well but I don’t really see it as that similar. In this first book ( I understand first if a planned trilogy) the Arthurian connection is mostly to names and legends of people in that same time period and my only objection is a few names don’t sound to me like is pronounce them ( coming from a background of knowing a little Welsh) But so far no complaints there either looking forward to next books!

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