A Fall 2018 Barnes & Noble
“Mystical, beautiful, and destined to become a classic.”
New York Times bestselling author of The Fifth Petal
“[T]he first book in what promises to be a thrilling trilogy.”
Already being compared to Outlander and The Mists of Avalon, this spellbinding debut introduces Languoreth—a forgotten historical queen of sixth-century Scotland—and twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin.
You are about to begin an extraordinary adventure...
In a land of mountains and mist, tradition and superstition, Languoreth and her brother Lailoken are raised in the Old Way of their ancestors. But the rise of a new religion heralds an era of disruption, bloodshed, and riot. When conflict brings the hero Emrys Pendragon to her family’s door, Languoreth finds herself drawn to one of his warriors. Her connection to Maelgwn is forged by enchantment, but she is promised in marriage to the son of a Christian king. Together with her brother—a warrior and druid known to history as Myrddin—Languoreth must fight for the preservation of the Old Way and the survival of her kingdom, or risk the loss of them both forever.
Intensely absorbing from the first page to the last, The Lost Queen will take you to a faraway world, rescuing a passionate and brave woman from vanishing history to reclaim her place in one of the most enduring legends of all time.
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Praise for The Lost Queen...
“Outlander meets Camelot—but with the focus firmly on the lives and loves of women. A sweeping, magical tale of a rarely-told part of Scotland's history.”—Kirsty Logan, author of The Grace Keepers
“The Mists of Avalon for a new generation. Pike vividly recreates both the magic and brutality of early medieval Britain, replete with betrayals and love affairs, battles and escapes, and an unforgettable heroine at the center of it all. A gripping historical novel.”—Linnea Hartsuyker, author of The Half-Drowned King
“An extraordinary historical page-turner. Pike brings a creative eye, unique voice and immaculate research to the world of historical fiction—the people and lands of this novel will not leave me. The Lost Queen is more than a book; it is a profound experience. Languoreth has emerged from the mists of Scotland to assume her rightful place on the throne where she belongs.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis
“An extraordinary debut. Mystical, epic and captivating, I couldn't put it down." —Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home and The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter
“Rich in detail and elegantly written, The Lost Queen is a boldly feminine heroic journey to a place and time of unbearable change. Hypnotic and sensual, Pike’s story reawakens us to something long ago lost between landscape and memory, where the Old Way still exists, and the bond between brother and sister cannot be broken.”—Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader and The Fifth Petal