The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike, is the second book in the The Lost Queen saga. Set in first century Scotland this captivating novel pieces together the historical references of Languareth of Cadzow, one of the most powerful Scottish queens, and her twin brother Lailoken, who became known as Merlin and inspired the Legend into an epic tale of love, loss, and conviction.
In addition to continuing Languareth and Lailoken’s story, The Forgotten Kingdom, follows Angharad, Languareth’s daughter, after she leaves her mother to go and study the Old Way under the guidance of her uncle, counselor to the most feared protectors of the realm. When attempts to preserve the Old Way in the face of the new Christian religion force rulers to choose political sides, battle ensues, sweeping young Angharad away to a faraway land where she grows into a beautiful young women while maturing her powers in the Old Way.
Signe Pike is as much a historian as she is a fiction writer. She spent over a decade researching the threads of Languareth and Lailoken in the histories and literature of the Scots of Dalriada, the Picts, and the Anglo-Saxons. The bones of the novel are a retelling of actual people and events and then fleshed out with her fictional development of characters and conflicts. The end result is a truly fascinating and authentic piece of historical fiction that will thoroughly captivate and entertain you. I literally cannot wait for the next book to be published.
Pike is also a my favorite style of author. Not only does she deftly weave history and fiction into a seamless and intriguing tale but she is a wordsmith whose individual sentences bring life to the story. One of many favorite quotes illustrates her talent for painting pictures through words: “I walked, enthralled and nearly seduced within intimate stones, places where the rocks had been weathered so round that their curves resembled the finest bits of a woman’s body.” Her characters are vibrant and captivating and exude all the flaws and failings of a real person which makes them that much more authentic and memorable. Whether or not you are a fan of historical fiction I guarantee you will will love The Lost Queen saga.