Please excuse me while I catch up on some reviews of books I read in 2018 but some of them are too good not to share!
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Synopsis: "Mists of Avalon meets Philippa Gregory in the first book of an exciting historical trilogy that reveals the untold story of Languoreth—a powerful and, until now, tragically forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland—twin sister of the man who inspired the legendary character of Merlin.
Intelligent, passionate, rebellious, and brave, Languoreth is the unforgettable heroine of The Lost Queen, a tale of conflicted loves and survival set against the cinematic backdrop of ancient Scotland, a magical land of myths and superstition inspired by the beauty of the natural world. One of the most powerful early medieval queens in British history, Languoreth ruled at a time of enormous disruption and bloodshed, when the burgeoning forces of Christianity threatened to obliterate the ancient pagan beliefs and change her way of life forever.
Together with her twin brother Lailoken, a warrior and druid known to history as Merlin, Languoreth is catapulted into a world of danger and violence. When a war brings the hero Emrys Pendragon, to their door, Languoreth collides with the handsome warrior Maelgwn. Their passionate connection is forged by enchantment, but Languoreth is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of the High King who is sympathetic to the followers of Christianity. As Rhydderch's wife, Languoreth must assume her duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way, her kingdom, and all she holds dear.
The Lost Queen brings this remarkable woman to life—rescuing her from obscurity, and reaffirming her place at the center of the most enduring legends of all time."
My Review: I never saw this book coming, it wasn't on my radar but luckily I received it in a book box and was able to read it. I picked up the audio book to listen along with reading, the accent of the narrator added so much more to the story. I absolutely fell in love with Langoureth and her dedication and determination throughout the story. The sibling relationship between Langoureth and her brother is beautiful even with different paths and jealousy, it remains strong. I love the touch of romance but that it doesn't take over the book. The ending was rather abrupt but I was okay with that, then I found out there will be another book and I am beyond excited!
My Rating: I picked this book up after a bit of a reading slump and it was the perfect choice! I couldn't put it down and was completely absorbed in the story throughout the book. I give this one a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!