Book Review: THE LOST QUEEN, (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) by @signepike
Note: I have to brag that my oldest son made this knife replica out of foam!
Genre: Historical Fiction
Set during the very beginnings of Christianity, The Lost Queen spins the tale of Lailoken (otherwise known as Merlin) and his twin sister, Languoreth. Wary of this new religion, their family believes in a different God and the old ways of their ancestors. Languoreth wishes she could be a Wisdom Keeper (a spiritual guide and “seer” of the future) like her brother, but since she’s the only daughter of a King, she’s obligated to marry for political gain and produce heirs.
“We may not always have the choice we would like. But we always have a choice.”
This debut author blended a touch of spirituality, a sprinkle of magic, a dash of violence, and of course, a healthy dose of romance into a beautiful and immersive read that transported me to another time and place. I love books that feature strong female characters, and Languoreth did not disappoint. Even though she was forced to give up her original hopes and dreams, she discovers that no matter what, she still has choices and can wield her power in different and unexpected ways.
The time and setting reminded me of so many other great books, such as a less violent Game of Thrones, The Red Tent (4 stars) by Anita Diamant, and The Book of Longings (4 stars) by Sue Monk Kidd to name a few. Several parts at the end made me emotional, bringing tears to my eyes, and I very much look forward to the sequel, The Forgotten Kingdom.
“The heart is a bird pricked full of feathers. And each time we say good-bye to someone we love, a feather will fall. One for a friend, two for a lover, three for a child… This means that whenever you should find a feather, you will know it is from me. It has fallen from my heart. Pick it up and keep it close, for it carries with it all my love for you. If you believe this, if you remember this, these feathers will protect you and keep you safe.” – Languoreth to daughter, Angharad
Location: AD 550-572 Scotland