From the author of The New York Times best seller Juliet comes a mesmerizing novel about a young scholar who risks her reputation - and her life - on a thrilling journey to prove that the legendary warrior women known as the Amazons actually existed.
Oxford lecturer Diana Morgan is an expert on Greek mythology. Her obsession with the Amazons started in childhood when her eccentric grandmother claimed to be one herself - before vanishing without a trace. Diana’s colleagues shake their heads at her Amazon fixation. But then a mysterious, well-financed foundation makes Diana an offer she cannot refuse.
Traveling to North Africa, Diana teams up with Nick Barran, an enigmatic Middle Eastern guide, and begins deciphering an unusual inscription on the wall of a recently unearthed temple. There she discovers the name of the first Amazon queen, Myrina, who crossed the Mediterranean in a heroic attempt to liberate her kidnapped sisters from Greek pirates, only to become embroiled in the most famous conflict of the ancient world - the Trojan War. Taking their cue from the inscription, Diana and Nick set out to find the fabled treasure that Myrina and her Amazon sisters salvaged from the embattled city of Troy so long ago. Diana doesn’t know the nature of the treasure, but she does know that someone is shadowing her, and that Nick has a sinister agenda of his own. With danger lurking at every turn, and unsure of whom to trust, Diana finds herself on a daring and dangerous quest for truth that will forever change her world.
Sweeping from England to North Africa to Greece and the ruins of ancient Troy, and navigating between present and past, The Lost Sisterhood is a breathtaking, passionate adventure of two women on parallel journeys, separated by time, who must fight to keep the lives and legacy of the Amazons from being lost forever.
Advance praise for The Lost Sisterhood
“The Lost Sisterhood is a spellbinding adventure, a tale of two courageous women separated by millennia but pursuing interwoven quests: one to protect and lead her sisters through a dangerous ancient world, the other to prove that the legendary tribe of women truly existed, and that their legacy endures.”—Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and The Spymistress
“Anne Fortier’s boldly imaginative and beautifully plotted novel takes us on a spellbinding journey from the halls of Oxford to the ruins of Troy, with a mysterious journal leading the way to a fascinating history. The Lost Sisterhood connects wonderfully smart and strong sisters of the present and the past in a story I won’t soon forget.”—Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Daughters
“The Lost Sisterhood is a bright, burning, magnificent accomplishment. Compulsively readable, mystical and heroic, this is a novel that will capture your interest, your imagination, and your heart. The compelling characters, beautifully rendered settings, and fascinating and original history are well served by the creativity with which Fortier blends them in this truly amazing story.”—M. J. Rose, author of The Book of Lost Fragrances
“Magical, ambitious, and riveting, The Lost Sisterhood blends past and present to bring the myth of the ancient Amazons to life. Sweeping from the deserts of Algeria to the ruins of Troy to the far frozen reaches of Finland, Anne Fortier’s tale of a young Oxford academic sent on a mysterious quest is a masterly combination of fast-paced adventure and grand epic. I devoured this book, staying up late many a night to reach its pulse-pounding conclusion.”—Kim Fay, author of The Map of Lost Memories
Praise for Anne Fortier’s Juliet
“One of those rare novels that have it all . . . I was swept away.”—Sara Gruen
“Juliet leads us on a thrilling treasure hunt through present-day Italy that makes the classic tragedy itself spellbinding all over again.”—Elle
“The Shakespearean scholarship on display is both impressive and well-handled.”—The Washington Post
“Stunning . . . This storyteller dazzles.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Boldly imagined, brilliantly plotted, beautifully described, Juliet will carry you spellbound until the gripping end.”—Susan Vreeland
“Reads like a Da Vinci Code for the smart modern woman.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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In most stories similar to this one, reality comes second. In life our decisions have consequences and sometimes, those consequences hurt us. In this story, the author addressed this. The women fought bravely and made tough decisions. They were effected by these decisions, but they continued to preserver. There is also a message that I wish people today would realize. "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." While this quote actually originated in the mind of Benjamin Franklin, The Lost Sisterhood is a story of it's basic understanding. In addition, it's women surviving without men, something most societies would laugh at.
The beautiful message behind the determination and love that the characters imbued.
Cassandra did a good job with the various accents.
Myrina, can't check the spelling, sorry. She experienced pain and loss from an early age, but never gave up. The trials and tribulations that she endured were more than most could/would survive. With all of that, she still continued to fight for what she believed, love her sisters, and live an honest life. Her legacy lived on.
This was an empowering read. It's clear that it is set in the fiction world, however, much food for thought can be garnered from the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it.