Shelf Control: The Lost Queen

Shelf Control is a meme run by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it.

  • Title: The Lost Queen
  • Author: Signe Pike
  • Published: September 2018
  • Pages: 515

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

Mists of Avalon meets Philippa Gregory in the first book of an exciting historical trilogy that reveals the untold story of Languoreth—a powerful and, until now, tragically forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland—twin sister of the man who inspired the legendary character of Merlin.

Intelligent, passionate, rebellious, and brave, Languoreth is the unforgettable heroine of The Lost Queen, a tale of conflicted loves and survival set against the cinematic backdrop of ancient Scotland, a magical land of myths and superstition inspired by the beauty of the natural world. One of the most powerful early medieval queens in British history, Languoreth ruled at a time of enormous disruption and bloodshed, when the burgeoning forces of Christianity threatened to obliterate the ancient pagan beliefs and change her way of life forever.

Together with her twin brother Lailoken, a warrior and druid known to history as Merlin, Languoreth is catapulted into a world of danger and violence. When a war brings the hero Emrys Pendragon, to their door, Languoreth collides with the handsome warrior Maelgwn. Their passionate connection is forged by enchantment, but Languoreth is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of the High King who is sympathetic to the followers of Christianity. As Rhydderch’s wife, Languoreth must assume her duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way, her kingdom, and all she holds dear.

The Lost Queen brings this remarkable woman to life—rescuing her from obscurity, and reaffirming her place at the center of the most enduring legends of all time.

How and when I got it:

I originally saw this book at a bookstore and snapped a photo of it so I can remember it and buy it later. I stumbled upon it again at Barnes & Noble on discount, so I decided to give in and make the purchase. I can’t remember exactly when I bought it, but I’d say it was probably a few months ago.

Why I want to read it:

Scotland. I fell in love with Scotland after learning more about its history and reading other books based in Scotland, not to mention the country is stunning (I was lucky enough to visit last spring).  Also, I know more about 16 th-18th century Scotland, so I was intrigued to find this gem based in 6th century Scotland.

The cover, however, was what drew me to the book first. As a lover of history/historical fiction with the title and the running redheaded woman I thought the book was about Queen Mary of Scotland. I love the story about Queen Mary and enjoy reading different variations of her story, but I was pleasantly surprised that the book was about another lost Queen hundreds of years before that I had never heard of.

History, war and forbidden love sounded like a good recipe for a book. So that was the final puzzle piece and knew I was destined to read this book.   

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