The Lost Queen
Book 1 in The Lost Queen Trilogy
by Signe Pike
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Format: ARC from NetGalley
Languoreth is being raised in the Old Way of her ancestors as a new religion starts rising in Scotland. As this religion becomes more prominent, she must learn to adapt in a world of uprising violence and political intrigue.
What drew me to the book was another perspective to the tale of Merlin. I have to be honest when I say that I have not read much Merlin material, but I’ve always been fascinated by the tale. I really should have paid more attention. I always assume the fantastical element of the tale would be more prominent and I should be more aware.
This book is historical fiction. As the first book in a trilogy this book introduces us to Languoreth as a child to womanhood. The pacing is slow but builds on the world at the time. I grew fascinated at what the Old Way entailed especially with titles such as Keepers. As the story progresses it felt as if the Old Way slowly disappeared into the background as the events in the story overtook the story. The environment was strictly patriarchal so Languoreth did not have a lot of freedom or choice which I found frustrating; however, I appreciated the authenticity of the rhetoric.
There is a romance but the romance is more subplot to all the events that occur. This was a love-at-first-sight romance where her social position and political climate do not allow her to make her own decisions.
When reading I was trying to find some way to connect with Langoureth because while I enjoyed the story I just could not find a reason to care as much as I would have liked to.
Read on August 29, 2018