Published last month by Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone Books, The Lost Queen is based in medieval Scotland, a land of mountains and mist, tradition and superstition. It follows Languoreth, a woman born between the ways of the old ancestors and the burgeoning forces of Christianity and the Anglo-Saxons, bent on colonization, encroaching from the east. As she is catapulted into a world of violence and political intrigue, she must learn to adapt to survive, and together with her brother — a warrior and druid known to history as Myrddin (Merlin) — has to assume her duty to fight for the survival of her kingdom and its way of life or risk the loss of them both forever.
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International publishing rights for the book will be presented at this week’s Frankfurt Book Fair.
“Anyone who knows me can tell you that I have been waiting for this book my entire career,” Papandrea said. “This is not only an historic, epic tale, but it is also incredibly romantic, inspiring and provides a landscape for a show that can exist for years to come. Signe’s writing struck me to my core, and I feel honored to bring this book to the screen.”
Added Pike: “Bruna and I share the same vision for this project in uncanny ways. We are committed to creating a series that is as lush, authentic and unforgettable as the world of The Lost Queen itself. With its powerful female-centered directive, Made Up Stories is the dream team to bring Scotland’s forgotten queen back to life.”
Pike wrote Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World and also is a former book editor. She has spent the past 10 years researching and writing about Celtic history, myth, folklore and tradition. She is represented by WME and the Book Group.
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