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Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2021

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This is Book 2 of the Lost Queen trilogy. It’s just as exciting and
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.

Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2020

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This story is truly incredible. I am so looking forward to Book III. So detailed and well researched to bring a fictional story to a fully believable level. I have studied various eras of English history, even minored in it, but have been unable to get a grip on this time period. Truly spellbinding while also educational. Thank you, thank you for your hatd work and contributions, Ms. Pike.

Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2021

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At first, I found it hard to follow the timelines of the three major characters. As the author spun her tale and enriched her character development and the medieval world, the time lines started to make sense. The story development pace sometimes slow in the first part of the book but became very fast pace and winding in the second half.

I appreciated the reverence the author gave to the different religious/spiritual groups represented in the story. She provided good & evil of both groups.

I love the amount of historical facts and research included in the story. It made me want to learn more of the history of that time. I love the authors notes at the end that detail her research and the historical data.

The author mentioned this was a trilogy! So I can’t wait until the third book is written. Well done and beautiful story!

Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2021

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I really enjoyed the first book, so I leapt into this one to what awaited our protagonists. Especially since the first ended on such a cliffhanger.

I wasnt disappointed. Although Im glad it was a trilogy, as I was left feeling slightly dissatisfied and wanting to know what happened at the end. This book focuses more on Lailoken rather than his sister (of the first book), but it does include her at parts, and also her daughter, who goes on her own adventure. And this book is a lot bloodier, with battles and war. It does span over the years, although the chapters themselves take place in one time and then it will jump to a different time line throughout the book.

I thought the different perspectives were good. I almost liked the first when it was more one narrator, but with all the stories being told in this book that just would not have been possible. Its just that I got connected to Languoreth and her tale, and I grew comfortable on her journey. Its not that her brother and daughter arent interesting, I just like her.

So all that said, Im eager for the next book to come out. I want to see where this journey goes and what the final resolution is for our characters.

Review by M. Reynard 2021

Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2021

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I am actually blown away by Ms Pike’s writing style. Her incredibly detailed research allows her to take a very few known happenings from Scotland’s 6th century and build a completely believable (historically based) novel detailing early days and the people that inhabited that land ! Kudos also go to the person(s) responsible for proofreading the manuscript, ensuring a minimal amount of typos or missing words or glaringly incorrect use of a more modern words. The fact that there are love relationships between characters without them being far too graphic for my taste is also much appreciated! Her descriptions of battle scenes was realistic enough to have me on the edge of my seat. Based on all the above, I certainly look forward to reading more by Signe Pike!

Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2021

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I really really enjoyed this book. I loved how the characters grew and developed, however I wish they had more Maelgwn. If he doesn’t make a strong come back in the third book. I will be very upset.

Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2020

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Great sequel to Lost Queen! Signe Pike has researched her subject so well and brings the story together with amazing clarity through all her characters. I couldn’t put it down. Now all I have to do is WAIT for book 3 - won’t be easy!! :(

Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2020

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LOVED these books! Truly enjoyed the Artur bits and feels that crept in, and the writing was splendid. Very much enjoyed the characters, although had some trouble occasionally keeping track of the minor ones due to the names. Lost one star because I just felt a little dumped at the end. Had to go back and re-read the last chapter or two to see if I had missed something. Once I figured it out, I thought this would make a great movie ending .... where you have a visual, but is confusing in print. All in all, very very happy I found these - will pursue others by this author.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic story!

Reviewed in Canada on October 21, 2020

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I received my copy as soon as it became available and dove right in. This is the perfect sequel to The Lost Kingdom by Signe Pike. It follows the journeys begun in the previous book by Languoreth and her twin, Lailoken. These are dangerous times for not only themselves but those they love.
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 didnt 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.

5.0 out of 5 stars Hope is rising again

Reviewed in Spain on December 21, 2020

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I loved it... Set in 6th century Scotland (not yet Scotland as we know it now, actually), after the demise of the Roman Empire and before the threatening invasion by the Angles, once again Signe Pike takes us back in time to the dawn of Arthurian legend.
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.

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent

Reviewed in Canada on February 21, 2021

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I read this in 24 hours, after finishing book #1. I highly recommend it if your enjoy reading historical novels, particularly those based on true events and people. It gives you a glimpse in to the world and life at that time which I found very interesting. There are a lot of characters but I was impressed with how well written the story is that it is not difficult to keep up with them all. The map at the start is very useful.
I love coming across books like these - brilliant story telling, transports you to a different time and place, and leaves you feeling as though these characters are now friends. I am so looking forward to finding out the rest of the story in book 3 when that comes out. Authors notes at end are really helpful too.

4.0 out of 5 stars Good book

Reviewed in Canada on April 12, 2021

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I love historical fiction, and this series so far has been fascinating, engaging and full of action, to say the least. I love the unique take on the Merlin legend, and getting more POVs in this book - as compared to the first book in the series, where it was only Languoreth - was a nice addition. All in all, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more in the final book.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel. Delivered in a couple of days.

Reviewed in Canada on May 15, 2021

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This is a remarkable series. Loved the first book, The Lost Queen. Cant wait for the 3rd. Very happy it arrived so quickly. 💗

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel. Delivered in a couple of days.
Reviewed in Canada on May 15, 2021

This is a remarkable series. Loved the first book, The Lost Queen. Cant wait for the 3rd. Very happy it arrived so quickly. 💗

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