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The Lost Queen, by Signe Pike

hatsp's review

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dark medium-paced

3.5

claireak95's review against another edition

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5.0

I was excited for this book but I was surprised to like it even more than I expected. It's set in 6th century Scotland and based on Scottish Arthurian myths & stories. It traces the life of Languoreth, who is the daughter of a king and whose duty is to marry and make an alliance for the family. Her twin brother Lailoken is destined to be a Wisdom Keeper (and will become Merlin). It's absorbing and traces her life from childhood to motherhood, hitting on some key time periods of her life. There's a lot of conflict between the Old Way and the new religion of Christianity, which has zealots trying to take over. (Not a fan of the church being the enemy but it is in this.) It's a female-centric version of the story which is great.

sarahsss's review

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adventurous dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

Early medieval tale of the clash between the indigenous ancient Celts and rising Christianity, told through the life of Merlin's forgotten sister, Langoureth. A bit of characters acting in unbelievable ways in service to moving the plot along but, in balance, I liked it. 

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alie374's review

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adventurous emotional sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

ctpompei's review against another edition

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adventurous tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.25

gallagirlreads's review

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adventurous emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes

5.0

lyellboi's review

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adventurous dark medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

5.0

martamamor's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

4.0

oliviaisawkward's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

mindip's review against another edition

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adventurous informative medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.0

This book had so much potential with the history or war, politics, old ways vs: the advent of Christianity, but is seriously lacking in plot, character development and the details needed for a successful telling of a story like this. Where is the magic? Origin of Merlin? Where?  This book is a good example of telling not showing. The title of the book is misleading until you read the authors note- which incidentally is the best part of the book.