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The Forgotten Kingdom

Written by: Signe Pike
Narrated by: Toni Frutin, Gary Furlong, Siobhan Waring
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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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Fabulous historical novel about Celts and Picts

This and the first book submerged me deeply into a world I studied in university. They reminded me of why I loved studying Celtic history, bringing back all the emotions and the imagination I had back then. I love books that really show me what it was like to live in a different place and/or time - in a believable way. So the subject sold me but to make it believable the writing has to be of a high caliber. Signe Pike writes so well, building a world that I not only believed, but breathed, and characters I not only cared about, but walked beside and laughed and cried with. Definitely my new favourite books - of 2020 but also of all time!

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excellent story

excellent story and narrator's. felt so much of it right in my heart. wish there was a 3rd story

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amazing

love this series. thanks for such amazing detail! can't wait for the next one.

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