Title: The Forgotten Kingdom (The Lost Queen Trilogy #2)
Author: Signe Pike
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook, Paperback
Release Date: September 15, 2020
AD 573. Imprisoned in her chamber, Languoreth awaits news in torment. Her husband and son have ridden off to wage war against her brother, Lailoken. She doesn’t yet know that her young daughter, Angharad, who was training with Lailoken to become a Wisdom Keeper, has been lost in the chaos. As one of the bloodiest battles of early medieval Scottish history scatters its survivors to the wind, Lailoken and his men must flee to exile in the mountains of the Lowlands, while nine-year-old Angharad must summon all Lailoken has taught her and follow her own destiny through the mysterious, mystical land of the Picts.
In the aftermath of the battle, old political alliances unravel, opening the way for the ambitious adherents of the new religion: Christianity. Lailoken is half-mad with battle sickness, and Languoreth must hide her allegiance to the Old Way to survive her marriage to the next Christian king of Strathclyde. Worst yet, the new King of the Angles is bent on expanding his kingdom at any cost. Now the exiled Lailoken, with the help of a young warrior named Artur, may be the only man who can bring the Christians and the pagans together to defeat the encroaching Angles. But to do so, he must claim the role that will forever transform him. He must become the man known to history as “Myrddin.”
Bitter rivalries are ignited, lost loves are found, new loves are born, and old enemies come face-to-face with their reckoning in this compellingly fresh look at one of the most enduring legends of all time.
In 573 AD, Langoureth waits in her locked bedroom for news of her husband and son who have gone off to start a war with her brothers. She also worries about her daughter, who was training with her brother to be a Wisdom Keeper. In the chaos of the battles, her nine-year-old daughter, Angharad, is lost. Angharad has to find her way back home or at least to safety. Langoureth’s brother, Lailoken was one of the survivors of the battle. Lailoken holds the special place as someone who can unite the Christians and pagans, which may help them win the battle.
This historical novel had a slow and steady pace, but it is quite tense. Each chapter and scene is so descriptive that I felt like I was right there with the characters. The descriptions were detailed and seemed so realistic, that it’s amazing that the author can write this with the limited research available about the sixth century.
This was a great second book in the trilogy. The first book just followed Langoureth, while this one also followed her brother Lailoken and her daughter Angharad. They were each in different positions and stages of life. Langoureth was a Queen who was trying to keep her family together. Lailoken was a warrior who had a connection to the natural world. Angharad was a little girl who had to survive on her own and find her way back to her family. These characters show a wide range of lifestyles during that time period.
This is an amazing historical series.
Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
What to read next:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Other books in the series:
Have you read The Forgotten Kingdom? What did you think of it?