Sean

I don’t have to be psychic to know what you’re thinking right now (though I am, for the record). You’re thinking, “Gee, Sean, I’d sure like to visit 6th-century Scotland. Seems like a lot of fun. But, with a pandemic on, and the fact that lamewad scientists STILL haven’t invented time machines, there’s no way to do that. Also, I could really go for a bowl of soup right now. It’s getting chilly.”

You are correct on most counts. Visiting 6th-century Scotland would be an absolute gas, we are indeed

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Jennifer

Historical fiction fans, you have to read this epic trilogy. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

This story continues where book one left off. Languoreth is in prison, awaiting her fate. The book continues on to include the story of Languoreth’s daughter, Angharad, who studies to become a Wisdom Keeper. Christianity is new and in constant battle with the old traditions.

Now with this second book, I can solidly say these books are epic. The story is sweeping and epic in scope while also featuring characters you will

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Marialyce

This,the second in the series in the Lost Queen trilogy, was a definite page turner. We follow the lives of Languoreth, her twin brother, Lailoken., and her young daughter Angharad, who is in training to become Wisdom Keeper.

A huge battle is forthcoming and in all of this turmoil, death, and destruction, Angharad is lost. Guided by her uncle, Lailoken, Angharad travels a difficult road, having to learn, practice, and recall all the things that a Wisdom Keeper acquires as well as the struggle to

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ABookwormWithWine

Book two of a trilogy, and The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike did not disappoint! It was another sweeping tale of Celtic history and war in AD Scotland. Languoreth is back, but there are also viewpoints from her brother Lailoken and daughter Angharad as well. I appreciated getting a couple other viewpoints in this one, but Languoreth is still my favorite of them all. There is more violence in this book of course since it is war, but not too many super disturbing parts or anything that isnt ski ...more

Rikki

CANT WAIT!!!

Im going to give this 5 stars as I patiently wait for this book that I know will be just as amazing as the first. 😋

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Melissa

I suspect that this series will break me like Outlander broke me. I fell in love with the characters like they were my friends, my family. I lived their emotions with them, their joy, their rage, their sadness. I didnt realize how much I missed historical fiction before reading these two books. I do not like to read about wars, but learning about them is so much interesting that I only want more.

Cant wait to see what book 3 will bring (and already my heart is breaking because itll be the last

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Amanda

Thank you, Atria books, Signe Pike, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book!

As soon as I finished The Lost Queen, I jumped right into The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike. The first book did leave off on a little cliffhanger. Languoreth is imprisoned in her own home as her husband and son go off the wage war on her brother and lover, and her daughter, Angharad, is among them. As time goes by, Angharad separated from her Uncle during the battle and finds herself in the hands of the Pic

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Amy

This sounds so good!

Thank you to Atria Books for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

MaryBeths

I you read the authors note at the end of this incredible book, you cant help but be in awe of the amount of research that went in to this extraordinary story. Im actually a little jealous. But its interesting when you think about whether or not this book should be considered historical fiction or historical fantasy. Ill let you read it and decide. You can read the synopsis so I dont know how much I can add, other than to say this book blew me away. Its not a book I thought I would enjoy, ...more

Erin

Giveaway Win!

Also I dont own and havent read Book 1??!! Im a bad person.

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Linden

This novel is the second in the Lost Queen trilogy, and is set in 6th century Scotland. Languoreth is imprisoned in her chamber, and her husband and his men have set off to fight her twin brother Lailoken. Her young daughter Angharad is traveling with her uncle, training to be a wisdom keeper. There are many tribal rivalries, and followers of the old ways find their beliefs challenged by Christians. Is Angharad dead, as Languoreth fears? Can any of these tribes co-exist when the desire for power ...more

Out

A triumph of historical fiction The Forgotten Kingdom manages to outpace its predecessor in plot, action, and detail..

The Lost Queen was spectacular enough to put Pikes new trilogy on my must-read list when it arrived on bookstore shelves in 2018. It captivated with explorations into pagan thought, belief, and histories at a time in our past when critical changes to common ideologies in the British Isles were being battled out between two overarching rules for being: Paganism and Christianity.

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Genevieve

Someone suggested I read Signe Pike’s first novel, “The Lost Queen”, but I was loaded up with books to read, so I hesitated.

“What’s it about?” I asked.

“I’ll give you a hint,” she told me. “It’s lauded as ‘Outlander meets Camelot’.”

SOLD. I set all other books aside and read both Part 1: “The Lost Queen” and Part 2: “The Forgotten Kingdom”. And it was SOOOOO worth it!!! This was the closest I have come to reading an “epic” story in so long, and I lost myself in the delicious details, both historic

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Lorraine

AD 573 - The Battle of Arderydd. Signe Pike’s The Forgotten Kingdom (Lost Queen #2) continues the story of Languoreth and her twin brother, Lailoken, who eventually “don(s) the mantle of Merlin.” Languoreth of Cadzow, in her time period, was an extremely “powerful” woman of early medieval Scotland. She was queen of Rhydderch Hael , a Briton who ruled the “kingdom of Strathclyde from AD 580-AD 614.” In AD 573 the Battle of Arderydd had Briton against Briton, brother-in-law and nephew versus uncle ...more

Asheley

My gosh, this series is fantastic. I thought the first book was exquisite and I feel the same way about this second book. The setting is lush and vibrant. I felt like I could feel the cold and snow; I could smell the fires and the ocean mist. It is truly scrumptious.

Where the first book in the series was told by Langoureth, this second installment has three POVs: Langoureth, her twin brother Lailoken, and her daughter Angharad. I wondered if I would be able to love the rest of these characters

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Anne

What a wonderful treat when confined to shelter in place to have received this marvelous novel from NetGalley and Atria Books to read and review. Thank you. This historical novel takes place in Scotland in the late 500s when it is constantly at war with both local kingdoms and invading Roman armies. It also includes what might be called magical realism.. Perhaps these are only aspects of the practices of religions more ancient than Christianity. It is also a time when the Church is trying to sta ...more

Debbi

The Lost Queen was one of my favorite books this year. I was thrilled that this book was released so soon after I finished with the first one. This book was well written with amazing research. The trilogy is obviously a labor of love. My issue with The Forgotten Kingdom is that the primary focus is war, conflict and alliances. For many this will be exciting, for me it was tiresome. I still loved the setting and the characters, but I had to push myself to finish. Now that so many battles have bee ...more

Sarah

This is the second book in The Lost Queen Trilogy. Overall I really liked it, despite some previous historical misgivings.

The first book was difficult for me, owing to the fact that medieval Welsh poetry and warrior society is my main field of study, and Pike uses a lot of that poetry, along with Scottish poetry, to place the myth of King Arthur in Scotland, rather than Wales, and that her research is based on the findings of a lawyer who took an interest in Scottish history, rather than an hist

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Stefanie

The battle rages in the valley below you as you hide behind the shelter of trees. You shouldn’t be here, but something draws you toward the rage flowing between men. The clash of swords sends sparks into the air, blood drips down their silver blades. The enemy has yet to retreat and you know there is little time left. The sun sets in the distance, but the cloak of night will not bid well for the warriors you love. You hang you head in defeat as a single tear drips down your face, a smooth trail ...more

Vanessa

Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy.
I read the first book in the series, The Lost Queen, because of a book club pick. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect but it definitely delivered..a great mix of fantasy and historical fiction, with a surprising twist of a beloved character who is both myth and legend. I was excited to get the second book, The Forgotten Kingdom, and continue the adventure. Adventure is definitely what you get with this one..epic wars, magic, kingdoms, death, life, st
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Annissa

Thank you to Netgalley and Atria books for an advance copy of this book for my honest review.

This book is the second in The Lost Queen trilogy and I was mesmerized right from the beginning of this beautiful book. The battle scenes are so descriptively written that I felt like I was right on the battlefield. I was cheering hard for Angharad to train hard to become a Wisdom Keeper. I was very intrigued by battles over Christianity. Exceptional research was done by the author.

Loved this book and c

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Amanda

I finished an e-arc (thank you, Atria Books and Netgalley!) of The Forgotten Kingdom the other night, which is the sequel to The Lost Queen, and am still reeling. If you know me, you know I absolutely love immersive historical fiction, and this series excels at it.

It takes place in the 6th century, in the area that would become Scotland. The series focuses on the cultural shift from from the “old world” way of gods and magic to the rise of Christianity, and the subsequent politics and battles t

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Samantha

I enjoyed The Lost Queen but The Forgotten Kingdom was even better. It continues the story of Langourath but also tells the Story of her brother Lailoken, and her daughter Angharad. Each chapter changes the narative coming from one of these 3 characters. Well written, and I look forward to the 3rd book in this trilogy to see how their stories end.

Lauren

*Library Book*

I LOOOOOOOVED ITTTTTTTTT!!! I am hoping that there is at least one book in the series.

Magic, Celtic Traditions, Family and complicated relationships. Whats not to love!

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Jenna

Thank you to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for granting me access to an ARC of The Forgotten Kingdom in exchange for an honest review.

The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike is the sequel to The Lost Queen in what will eventually be a trilogy, but it does read easily as a stand-alone title. (I havent read The Lost Queen yet and I was not lost.) My research tells me The Lost Queen was a coming of age story about Languoreth and Lailoken told entirely from Languoreths point of view (POV.)

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Rhiannon

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This second book in the Lost Queen trilogy was more action packed than the first with battles, allegiances, travel, adventures, and lots of new characters. Languoreth finally becomes queen at the age of 40 and while she may not feel a deep passion for her husband, they have come to a mutual understanding about their marriage. They have become political allies with a common interest of preserving the Old Ways whil

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Lucretia

Seldom does a sequel surpass a first part, especially when the first pat was a wonderful as The Lost Queen. For me, this was perfect. I was drawn into a story that was as rich and character driven as it was complex and plot driven. I didnt even realize it was possible to have both with such intensity in the same story. Its a sweeping historical epic that despite its length has me craving more. When the world is as absorbing and the story as thrilling, I dont imagine itd be possible to get en ...more

The

4.5 stars

The Lost Queen was one of my favorite reads of last year and I raved about it to everyone I knew. Not to mention I gave it to all my friends and family as a Christmas present too.

So it’s easy to say that I had this next book on my TBR the instant I was done with the first book. The second it was available on Netgalley, I downloaded it and started reading.

Not going to lie, this one took me a lot longer to read than I was anticipating. Not because it was bad (not at all!) I just started i

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Jenni

I loved The Lost Queen so very much, and was very happy to receive an ARC of The Forgotten Kingdom. If I had any concerns that book two of this trilogy would disappoint, those concerns were promptly vanquished.

There are so many things I absolutely love about this book (and really, this series so far).

First, the writing: clearly, Signe Pike has done her research, and done it well. The various cultural and religious groups in the area of Scotland in this time period come to life in these pages. Th

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Katie

Sincere thanks to the publisher, the author, and NetGalley for providing an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

The Forgotten Kingdom is the second book in the Lost Queen trilogy by author Signe Pike. Pikes stories are being called a mix of Outlander and The Mists of Avalon for a new generation and that is certainly true to an extent. Pikes writing is fluid, descriptive, and atmospheric. She is easily able to transport readers to the world of sixth century Scotland and ap

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