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The Forgotten Kingdom

The Lost Queen
Written by: Signe Pike
Series: The Lost Queen, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Lost Queen, hailed as “Outlander meets Camelot” (Kirsty Logan, author of Things We Say in the Dark) and “The Mists of Avalon for a new generation” (Linnea Hartsuyker, 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 factions 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)

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

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  • Shannon
  • 2020-09-17

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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  • Nello DelGreco
  • 2020-10-24

Atmospheric and beautifully done

This book is so beautiful and the narrators are truly gifted. The story is all encompassing and you are immersed into the worlds of Lailoken, Langoureth, and Angharad. Brilliantly done!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-10-23

Worth Reading

Book one (the lost queen) took me a moment to get into and then I was completely lost in the story!!! Finishing book two within days of it being released. Fantastic story! It’ll be hard to wait until 2023 for book three

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  • kdy
  • 2020-10-13

Excellent follow up to book 1

Another great performance by this cast! Pike did a great job of continuing the story of The Lost Queen. The story tied up lose ends and kept me wanting more. A very entertaining listen!

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  • harris kendrick
  • 2020-10-10

Incredible, heart-felt and beautiful

So I have been on my own journey studying Celtic culture and post-roman Britain for the last six or seven years. While this novel is of course a work of fiction, it a obvious that Signe Pike herself is steeped in careful historical research around this topic. The breathtaking accomplishment of this novel and The Lost Queen is the sense that we are in the hands of a master storyteller. She blends the ancient poetic tradition with crisp, modern prose and deep psychological insight as seemlessly as the swirling lines of Celtic art; difficult to find where one line ends and another begins. Beautiful narration, highly recommend!

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  • bonnie collier
  • 2020-10-09

more please

I loved it. it was a long wait. There is just something about this book. I love the narration as well.

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  • Manuel Teran
  • 2020-10-08

Now the long wait....

Awesome book! If you've read book one, you simply must read this one. I'm sure I will be rereading both book 1 and 2 many times before the release of book 3.

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  • Cindy D
  • 2020-10-03

Soo Good

After listening to The Lost Queen i could not wait for this book to be finished. I loved the multiple narrators and points if view. Signe Pike is masterful with her words. I was able to visualize everything. My only complaint was that it ended too soon. I'm hoping for a book 3!

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  • Kim Brenneman
  • 2020-10-02

Absolutely wonderfully engaging

The most engaging two books (this one and the Lost Queen) I have read in a long time. I couldn't wait to start listening again and again. Narration was excellent and the stories were so well written. I felt as if I was there.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-10-01

Characters replaced by over-spirituality

I’ve been very excited for this sequel to come out and was pretty disappointed with the story. She spent way too much time on the spiritual aspect and really neglected the characters. It was nice to have the three main POVs have their own narrator, although the male voice didn’t really match the character very well and had a lot of hard stops. The women were perfect fits! I’ll definitely will read the last installment, but I really hope she gets back to the characters next time.