The Lost Queen by Signe Pike is a work of historical fiction with a lot of real world research behind it.
Signe Pike found a book in England titled Finding Merlin by Adam Ardrey. It presented compelling evidence that Merlin was based on Lailoken, who had a twin sister Languoreth . After doing lots of research, Ms. Pike pieced together the tale of the twins, and their hardships in the sixth century in Scotland. Lailoken became a Wisdom Keeper, and Languoreth was married off to Rhydderch to strengthen the bond between the two kingdoms.
Languoreth became a great Queen of Strathclyde, but history has forgotten her (hence the title of the book). This story shows the intricacies of the politics of the time and all the behind the scenes intrigue that they both had to live with. Parts of the story were heart wrenching, but for the most part it was an exciting and riveting tale. I really enjoyed it and fell in love with the characters.
This is the first book in a trilogy, and I can’t WAIT for the next one!