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The Lost Queen

A Novel
Written by: Signe Pike
Narrated by: Toni Frutin
Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 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

What the critics say

"[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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Great but....

Loved the setting, the intrigue, the lore, and many characters. But the main character was not very interesting and this story was told from her perspective. Even the author's note at the end is all about merlin, her brother. This was a bit of a let down for me.

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Magical

This has been, by far, one of my favourite audiobooks I have ever listened to and The Lost Queen is now one of my favourite books.
To any who enjoy a bit of history, a bit of magic, myth, legend, strong women, binding family ties, fantastic writing, and excellent narration I cannot recommend this enough.

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Fabulous Book!

I loved the story and the wonderful narration. This book held my attention from the first page to the last. The author is very gifted in her writing with beautiful descriptions and her ability to evoke so much emotion. I hope there's a sequel coming soon.

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  • Beckersly
  • Cayce, SC
  • 2018-09-13

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • SAN DIEGO, CA, US
  • 2018-12-06

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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  • VChristy
  • Illinois
  • 2018-10-08

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-17

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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  • R. Smith
  • Missouri
  • 2018-12-17

Outstanding!

Fantastic story and narration. I couldn't stop listening to this over the last couple of days. The author also reads a note at the end the explains how she came to write this story. I just wish there was a sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-05

Amazing

This is now one of my all time favorite books. I couldn’t get enough of it and hope signe pike continues with sequels!

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  • a real fan
  • 2018-12-05

Completely Absorbing

This story is followed by comments from the author. Without giving away any of the plot, it will help readers to know that Pike spent six years researching the history and lore behind her story. It’s a legitimate Arthurian saga.

The Queen’s story is well-told with picturesque prose and a great narration. Highly recommend this for anyone who who is fascinated by the Celtic mythology.

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  • Robin Melvin
  • 2018-10-03

Exciting story and engaging

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

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  • J. James-Long
  • Portland, OR United States
  • 2018-09-13

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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