Today I have a fun review with an author Q&A!
I’d like to thank Simon & Schuster for giving me this opportunity!
Release Date: September 4th, 2018
Pages: 576 Pages
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.
This novel was one that I really thoroughly enjoyed. It had elements that reminded me of Game of Thrones with amazing characters and an incredibly well written story.
I found myself getting lost in the plot and characters of this story. The writing made me feel as though I was a part of this world and I was a part of these adventures that were taking place.
Additionally, all the characters were written so incredibly well. You will find yourself falling in love with each and every character in unique ways.
Langoureth’s story was probably one of my favourite to follow. I liked to see how it focused on certain moments, choices and the dreams of a different life.
There were so many amazing men in this novel, it made my reading experience a lot more fun to read about these boys that have qualities that just make you swoon.
I’d also like to add that Pike wrote this novel so well. You can really see all the work and research done, and that’s something that I’m very grateful for because it adds exponentially to your reading experience!
1.What made you get into writing?
Writing has been an outlet for me for as long as I can remember. My mother bought me my first diary when I was in second or third grade — I could scarcely spell. But I began to turn to writing when I felt things I couldn’t process. It helped me make sense of the world. Growing up, my real aspiration was to become a journalist. I loved animals and the environment with abandon, and dreamed of someday traveling the world and writing for National Geographic. In college, though, I tried to get an internship in the magazine world and was turned down. It ended up being the best rejection of my life. I found an internship in the book world instead, at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and it utterly changed my life. I fell in love with the book business, and eventually found an entry-level job in editorial at The Random House Publishing Group in New York. That was the beginning of a life-long affair. It was only the death of my father that prodded me to return to my writing. I picked up my grief-stricken head and realized that, while I loved my career, I was living to work and had forgotten how to live. That’s how I came to write my first book, Faery Tale.
2. What is one thing you miss about working Penguin and Random House?
Hanging out with really smart, funny people on a daily basis around the water cooler. (Or in publishing, more often in the communal kitchen, because hopefully some author has sent cupcakes or there are bagels leftover from a meeting, or it’s Christmas and we are in heaven and swimming in chocolates.) I loved my co-workers. I admired them. I really “grew up” at Random House, in every sense of the words, with a group of other young editors and editorial assistants. I learned the craft of editing there from some of the most gifted editors in the business. I learned volumes about books and the intricacies of the business. When Penguin hired me, that was a really exciting time. I now had a responsibility to help fill a publishing list with even more freedom and support. I would’ve stayed forever if they’d have allowed me to work remotely when I relocated to Charleston, SC. Though I went on to build a solid freelance editorial business where I was able to continue working with best-selling authors, I still really missed that office dynamic. Right now, I’m on a bit of a sabbatical because I’m fully immersed in The Lost Queen world and am writing two more books for Simon & Schuster. But I’m an editor as much as I’m a writer – it’s a huge part of who I am. I’ll always return to it.
3. Do you think going to school and completing your BSc was something that played a big part in your writing journey?
Sadly, no. My degree is a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Theory. At Cornell, this program is somehow part of the Agriculture and Life Sciences School. This means I could at one time recite several laws and theories about human communication as presented by academics. Now I only remember one nicknamed “The Onion Theory.” I didn’t have much guidance and really didn’t understand that I should have been an English major. I had to cobble experience together with internships, so I got involved with The Cornell Daily Sun and interned at Cornell Alumni Magazine while I was in school. I gained a lot of experience there and loved the work.
4. What is one thing you love about teaching seminars and workshops on writing?
Just one thing? It would have to be turning on people’s lights. That’s how my father, who was a teacher, would refer to it. When I see someone’s eyes light up because the points we’re going over or exercises we’re doing have hit something at the core of them. That’s when I feel most gratified.
5. If you could change one decision you made in your past (career wise), what would it be?
I hate to sound obnoxious, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m one of those annoying people who truly believe that even the hard knocks bring us much needed experience. Every decision I’ve made, and every “thing” that’s happened to me, has brought me exactly to where I am today. I really do believe that if a door closes, that particular path isn’t meant for you – at least not at that moment. Whatever is meant for you will find you in its own way, and in its own time. My character Cathan says something similar in The Lost Queen. Our only job is to keep focused on evolving. This means weathering/gaining wisdom from challenges and even from pain, recognizing opportunities to learn and grow, and remembering how to listen to our own basic intuition. That’s when doors open. When we discover what we are each specifically meant to contribute.
That concludes my review + Q&A for The Lost Queen by Signe Pike!
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