The Lost Queen

The Lost Queen

eBook - 2018
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"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"--
Publisher: New York :, Touchstone,, 2018
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501191435
1501191438
9781501191411
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Alternative Title: Library2Go

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ics18 Jan 20, 2019

When you don't want it to end, you know you've found a great one. I listened to the audiobook and was transported to sixth-century Scotland into the world of Languoreth and her people. Be sure to read the author's note to learn about the inspiration for the novel. Pike did a lot of research for this one and it definitely shows.

If you liked Pillars and Outlander, this book is definitely for you. I cannot wait until the second installment in this trilogy is released.

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Oct 27, 2018

Based on the life of a forgotten 6th century Scottish queen with ties to Arthurian legend, this is fantastic historical fantasy. It's a cinematic story, from the dialogue to the descriptions. I could easily see this as a film or a series. If you're looking for hard history or hard fantasy, you'll be disappointed, but I loved the blend of historical realism and old world magic.

The audiobook comes highly recommended, too. Toni Frutin has a gorgeous Scottish accent.

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