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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.
“ 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)
From the Hardcover edition.
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By Lilydawn on 12-22-16
Deserves a Re-Read..... that good
What could capture the imagination more than the idea of higher education, Ivy League type schools and Oxford University, and Amazonia?
I was raised by readers. I had wonderful, literate, strong woman in my life from a young age. By that I don't mean "stuffy or haughty" but the "ever learning" often self taught which resonated with these beautiful strong ancient women. My first beautiful leather hardback book was "The Greek Myths". This book took me back to every adventure and quandry as I sought strong women role models without the capricious temperaments of the Goddesses.
I thoroughly enjoyed the time jumps from Ancient Greece, Troy and Ephesus to modern day Europe. The beauty of finding a matriarchal belief system that doesn't subjugate males (and not judging those that choose celibacy or outright rejecting the patriarchy).
This book tells some of our greatest myths and shows some of our classic heros/ heroines as anti-heroes, challenges us to think not only of the past, our present but the future. They are so wonderfully thought out and written.
There are a few scenarios that seem a bit "Dan Brown-ish" to me. But that's all good and fine for all the beauty, descriptive word paintings and very inspirational viewpoints of women throughout history.
I have strong, intelligent, brave daughters and I want them to read this book.
Are there Amazons living among us? I sincerely hope so.
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By Barbara on 12-15-14
Really wanted to like this....
I really wanted to like this book. Anne Fortier did an outstanding job with Juliet and this was disappointing. It seemed to drag and the story of the Amazons didn't catch me - wasn't plausible enough for me to continue the read. I bailed on this book.....
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