The headline for this book on my pitch was Outlander meets King Arthur. I didn’t even need to read further. I love Outlander and haven’t read too much Arthurian lit but I was immediately sold!
I will be reviewing this book in October, but it’s now officially out for purchase so I wanted to make sure that you had this book on your radar! To say that I’m excited for this book is an understatement! Look at the beautiful cover and promising story? I can’t wait to crack it open, can you?
THE LOST QUEEN by Signe Pike has everything a reader could want in a big, bold novel: courage in battle, enchantment, a changing society at war with itself, smoldering passion, treachery and betrayal, and beautiful writing about the natural world.
THE LOST QUEEN is a spellbinding first novel of a debut trilogy that reveals the untold story of Languoreth, a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland and twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin.
An extraordinary, deeply researched tale, THE LOST QUEEN conjures Arthurian myth from the perspective of a smart, strong, and powerful woman—who can throw a knife, read her twin brother’s thoughts, and fall in love with one man but marry another. A woman who must take frightening risks and make unimaginable sacrifices to secure the future of her people.
Catapulted into a world of violence and political uprising both inside and outside of her kingdom, Languoreth must grow up fast as she learns to wield what authority she has within the confines of her time—and to experience love and passion on her own terms.
Early praise includes:
“Pike’s narrative blends court intrigue, romantic interludes, and gritty violence into a literary brew worth savoring to the dramatic finale…Enthusiastically recommended for readers of female-centered historical sagas and those enamored of Arthurian tales.” —Booklist
“The rare historical epic that manages to be truly sweeping and yet always intense and personal—at once a romance, a story of faith, a story of war and a story of family. . . . Moving, thrilling and ultimately spellbinding, The Lost Queen is perfect for readers of historical fiction like Jean M. Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, and for lovers of fantasy like Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.” —BookPage
About the Author
Signe Pike is the author of the upcoming novel THE LOST QUEEN (Touchstone, Fall 2018) the first in an epic historical trilogy.
Her memoir FAERY TALE: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World, was a “Best of 2010” Pick from Kirkus Reviews and received glowing reviews from Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Adventure Magazine, and renowned spiritual leader Marianne Williamson among others. Pike has been featured on WPR’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” in an episode on enchantment along with Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, and A.S. Byatt.
She was born in Ithaca, New York and currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina.