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“[A] work of epic fantasy with ties to the Arthurian legends.” (Bustle (The Books Everyone Will Be Talking About All September Long))
“Her prose is quick on its feet, begging you to keep reading, joining the characters on their journeys to learn about themselves and the changing world where they live. There are passionate lovers, evil enemies and quite a few powerful women. And, like so many novels set in medieval times, The Forgotten Kingdom is anchored in the rhetoric of glorious battles, both lost and won.” (Charleston City Paper)
"Gripping." (Charleston Magazine)
“A rich, immersive narrative founded on impeccable scholarship." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Impressive historical fiction. Highly recommended." (The Historical Novel Society, Editor's Choice)
"In the second book of her epic trilogy of sixth-century Scotland, Pike adeptly balances brutal power struggles and Celtic mysticism… readers will relish the escape into Pike’s fully developed milieu while seeing its connections to Arthurian legend grow more prominent as, among other aspects, Lailoken serves as a historical model for Merlin.” (Booklist)
"Signe Pike pens a haunting, poetic origin story to the Arthurian legend, following the twisting paths of a young seer in training, a courageous queen stranded on both sides of a vicious war, and her battle-haunted brother who will someday don the mantle of Merlin. Intrigue, rivalry, and magic among the mists of old Britain—The Forgotten Kingdom is an enchantment of a read!" (Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network )
"In The Forgotten Kingdom, a dramatic and feverishly paced continuation of her Lost Queen trilogy, Signe Pike brings medieval Scottish history compellingly to life. As the narrative follows Languoreth through grueling captivity, loss of security, violent separations from loved ones and pervasive fears that shake her to the core, we learn much about loyalty, devotion, endurance and personal courage. Pike’s fans will be thrilled and captivated." (Paula Mclain, author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin )
About the Author
- ASIN : B082T3SR5K
- Publisher : Atria Books (September 15, 2020)
- Publication date : September 15, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 5340 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 489 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,653 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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invigorating as the first. I highly recommend reading Book 1, The Lost Queen, before starting this one. Relationships will make a lot more sense when the books are read sequentially.
In this book, we see what happens to the characters we came to care about in The Lost Queen. This time, the story is told by 3 different character in alternating chapters. My favorite storyline follows Angharad, daughter of Langoureth, as she trains in the Wisdom Paths of the different places she travels to. And of course I enjoyed seeing Artur (future King Arthur) whenever he showed up. His storyline does not match up precisely with the old legends I’m familiar with, but that’s ok because much of that story is based on legend anyway. New theories about Arthur continue
to pop up even now, so I’m glad this author included them. Just goes to show that people are still thinking about the King Arthur legends and care enough about them to challenge them.
I recommend this book highly to those who like historical fiction and/or historical fantasy, sword and sorcery, stories about magic and Wisdom training, and King Arthur stories. This book is a clean read, like The Lost Queen. No sex or swearing, no gratuitous violence. Even the battle scenes manage to convey the sense of war without grisly details. Highly recommended for a good read.
novel can provide a powerful healing balm. In The Forgotten Kingdom both the characters and the lands
they inhabit become alive and tangible. If one enjoyed the Mists of Avalon from decades ago, this novel
and its characters will make you smile...and read, read, read. Loyalty, magic, and honorable duty to self
and land are weaved throughout the pages. A beautiful and healing read, especially during these times.
Top reviews from other countries
Signs is a fabulous storyteller, weaving fact with fiction into a compelling tale of human frailty, magic and survival in a pre-Medieval time in what is now known as Wales, Scotland and Briton. My ancestors are from the areas mentioned so for me, this series has been a compelling read. I didn't want to finish either book as it meant a wait for the next. I look forward to word of the third instalment of this trilogy and also look forward to many more books from Signe Pike.
As for now, these characters - Myrddin/Merlin, Arthur himself - are but sketches of the famous figures they will become, we only catch glimpses of their grandeur to be. Lailoken (the future Myrddin) is one of the main actors of the story, but the author interweaves his path with that of great women of his time: his twin sister Languoreth, the Lost Queen, his niece Angharad and the Wisdom Keeper Ariane, to name a few. After the Battle of Arderydd, when everything seems to be lost, we see hope rise again among the Britons, Scots and Picts of the Old North.
Reviewed in Canada on May 15, 2021