Book Review: The Lost Queen


Title: The Lost Queen
Author: Signe Pike
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The Mists of Avalon meets the world of Philippa Gregory in the thrilling first novel of a debut trilogy that reveals the untold story of Languoreth—a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland—twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin.

I write because I have seen the darkness that will come. Already there are those who seek to tell a new history…

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 in Scotland, a new religion is rising, one that brings disruption, bloodshed, and riot. And even as her family faces the burgeoning forces of Christianity, the Anglo-Saxons, bent on colonization, are encroaching from the east. When conflict brings the hero Emrys Pendragon to her father’s door, Languoreth finds love with one of his warriors. Her deep connection to Maelgwn is forged by enchantment, but she is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of a Christian king. As Languoreth is catapulted into a world of violence and political intrigue, she must learn to adapt. Together with her brother—a warrior and druid known to history as Myrddin—Languoreth must assume her duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way and the survival of her kingdom, or risk the loss of them both forever.

Based on new scholarship, this tale of bravery and conflicted love brings a lost queen back to life—rescuing her from obscurity, and reaffirming her place at the center of one of the most enduring legends of all time.

My Review

This book reminded me completely of The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley almost to the point of retelling the story completely just set in a few years ahead of The Mists of Avalon, but that is my opinion. You will find most of the same characters in this book, but you have to figure out who they are. This books is long and at spots quite slow, but it is worth the read. It gives you another look of how Christianity came and over took (destroyed) the old religion (very unfortunate and cruel, in my opinion). The story line was very informative and you really felt you were there with Languoreth and her family fighting for the old religion and trying to work alongside the Christian monks even though the monks wanted nothing but to obliterate the old religion. I highly enjoyed this book and would not have been disappointed if I had purchased it. I can not wait to see the next book in the series.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Dark Queen Rising


Title: Dark Queen Rising
Author: Paul Doherty
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First in a brand-new historical mystery series featuring Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII and matriarch of the Tudor dynasty.

May, 1471. The Wars of the Roses are reaching their bitter and bloody climax. Edward of York has claimed the English throne, and his supporters are extracting a savage revenge on all who supported the Lancastrian cause. Surrounded by enemies wherever she turns, the position of Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and mother to Henry Tudor, the last remaining hope of the House of Lancaster, is precarious to say the least.

Determined to protect her son whatever it takes, Margaret must rely on her sharp-witted clerk Christopher Ulswicke to be her eyes and ears. When four bodies are discovered in a London tavern, their throats slit, and Margaret herself is suspected of being behind the crime, it’s up to Ulswicke to prove his mistress’s innocence and unmask the real killer.

My Review

You want double crossing, intrigue, cunning, & murder? Then throw in the turmoil of the war in England of the War of Roses & you get a book full of intrigue, murder, & double agents. The story line, to me, is a bit chopppy & a bit hard to read. This book had a hard time keeping my attention span and that is why a star was knocked off it. Though I felt the author knew the history and the characters, it just didn’t seem to flow together until the very end. Once the story line started flowing then the book was quite entertaining, though still hard to keep my attention span on it.

If you like this time in history give the book a try. I do not regret reading it, but I would not have picked it up in the store.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Sorry….

I have been having a lot of issues with my anxiety & depression. Which is why my reviews, knitting photos, & other stuff has been so slow. I am trying to move on but it is hard when you lack motivation to do anything at all. My knitting, crocheting, & even playing World of Warcraft & Minecraft hold no interest to me. I am working with my shrink & therapist to try to get things back in normal working order, but it is taking quite some time. I am planning on a week long vacation in the middle of September that will take me completely away from everything here. Yes, I know running from my problems is not a good thing nor does it solve anything. I am well aware that my problems will either follow me or be waiting for me when I get home. I am looking at this vacation will be a rest & respite from the problems. A time for me to rest from the fight of surviving. I hope to come back refreshed or at least a bit less tired then I am now.