Could one argue that James is more of a victim than a crook? Did you feel sympathetic toward him at any point? Do you feel museums should be forced to return ancient artifacts to the countries from which they were, at some point in the past, unlawfully removed? Do you think there is a need for a group like the Amazons in our modern world? Would you join them if you could?
Share: Share on Facebook. Add to Cart. The truth is, there was nothing sudden about it; those fiery warrior women have roamed my imagination for as long as I can remember. When I was fourteen years old, my mother took me on a holiday trip to Tunisia—-the northernmost country in Africa. One week was all she could afford, and had she been alone, she would probably have preferred to spend it in Italy. But Mom knew I was fascinated by the Sahara Desert, and she was, as always, prepared to leave her own comfort zone to nourish my interests.
Little did he know that, indeed, three decades later, many of my impressions from that amazing time in Tunisia would eventually find their way into The Lost Sisterhood. And I still fondly remember the friends I made that week: shy Habib, who taught me to write my name in Arabic letters and to always check my shoes for scorpions ; fun—loving Mohsen, who took me on a breathless horseback ride through lemon orchards; and of course, above all, the nameless, unsmiling sheikh who pulled me up on his horse and galloped off with me. Four years later, my friend Line and I went backpacking in Greece in order to finally explore all those ancient excavation sites we had learned about in high school.
Even at eighteen we were already aspiring classicists, and the character of Rebecca in The Lost Sisterhood is very much modeled on Line. It was on this trip, standing on the Acropolis in Athens for the first time, that it occurred to me what an extraordinary thing it was for the ancient Greeks to have allowed the Amazons—-filthy, uncivilized warrior women that they supposedly were—-a place on the Parthenon frieze. During our month in Greece and on Crete, Line and I had many close calls that still make us shiver. It was not merely in our imagination; wherever we went, the Man went, too. As chance would have it, we were headed up a lonely hillside that night, in search of a restaurant rumored to have genuine Greek live music and folk dancing.
As we walked up the narrow path in near darkness, we were trying to figure out what to do. Was he going to jump us? Aside from the fact that I kept losing my patience with her, which may have been the point, I kept going to find out what happened. Where was Granny?
And why did she send the bracelet? What was the mystery she was hiding? And why did we start with a baby being left? Entwined within is a fascinating story of Myrina - and the telling of this becomes the telling of the Greek and Trojan wars. I was more invested in Myrina than in Diana, honestly, but the tales are set to be parallel. As long as you are ok with slogging through the dingbat Diana's story and fly through Myrina's I learned more about the Greek and Trojan past, including mythology and the strength of women in that world.
View all 6 comments. Jan 28, Susana rated it liked it Shelves: romance , adventure , historical-fiction , arc , , mithology. In it we follow the paths of two sister 3. In it we follow the paths of two sisters, Myrina and Lilly, who after returning from a hunting expedition find most of their tribe decimated. My first problem with the initial narrative is that, after a while of reading it, it became quite dull to follow. The characters' development and consequent characterization is not this book's strong point.
Someone determined and focused. The characters sounded too modern regarding their time frame. I'm afraid that, although crucial to the story's development, the way Diana agrees to the professional proposition made to her was just another sign of her tstl personality Her job is at risk, and she just takes of like that? Photos can be photoshopped Diana's voyage marks another phase in the book. Yes, it becomes more action packed, in a Clive Cussler way The contemporary romance was very weak. There wasn't a growing sense of tension between the characters, nothing that indicated love or lust between them.
There was also the part where Diana's knight in shining armour joins her and her adventure colleagues, and starts behaving as if he owns her, when their relationship had never been more than that of colleagues. And what does she do? She finds it strange but doesn't say a word! This is the main problem with her! It's like emotionally she doesn't react to the story, physically, yes.
She reacts to dangers, she runs, she hides, the whole gamut She doesn't question people's attitudes. She doesn't find odd or very coincidental certain things and events Regarding the historical romance, it is better done than the contemporary, especially because Paris' personality beats all the other ones Regarding the unexpected turn of events that the author created I have to say that I loved it! Basically the whole concept in which the author was able to interweave mythological characters and events in a completely different and original way, was just fabulous.
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I would be reading a page, and then a character would pop up and I was like: Oh, here you are Lilly who is Myrina's sister, takes the role of "Cassandra" Paris himself, here takes the place of Hector Myrina, the Amazon Queen, plays Helena to her Paris.. Achilles here is just a Pirate Hercules only makes a brief appearance So if you're keen on "your" mythology following a certain determined path, you'll probably have a problem with this. To me, this was the book's greatest asset! It is my hope, of course, that inquisitive readers will use my book as a springboard for a dive into the many unsolved mysteries of the past and flock to the fields of history, philology, and archaeology, eager to help expand our knowledge of the ancient world.
Dec 20, Carol Apple rated it it was amazing.
I loved the book even though it is a far-fetched adventure thriller. In the end this novel stirred my imagination and sent thrills of possibility down my spine. The story begins in the stuffy academic world of the Oxford Ancient Studies department where a year-old philologist named Diana Morgan is counseled by her adviser to keep quiet about her unhealthy interest in the existence of ancient Amazons. It is does not bring respectability to the department to conjecture about the historical reality of sensationalistic comic book characters. The invitation comes with a photograph that shows mysterious writing in a newly discovered ancient alphabet.
Granny secretly tutored nine-year-old Diana in the ways of the Amazons until her parents got wind of it and began taking steps to put her grandmother away again. Only years later does Diana remember the notebook Granny filled with writing from beginning to end. When she realizes the letters match the ancient letters in the photograph, Diana risks her career and possibly her life to pursue the answers to her questions about the Amazons and the truth about her grandmother.
Of course there has to be some romance involved, in this case in the form the man with multiple identities who is sexy enough to make Diana forget about her lifelong crush on the young Lord who grew up in her neighborhood and was just beginning to finally show some interest in her at Oxford. An especially delightful feature of this novel is that as Diana and her colleagues make astounding discoveries, alternate chapters take us to the ancient world during a time just before the fall of Troy where characters from Homer and Greek mythology come vividly to life — Paris, King Priam, Hercules, the evil King Minos, Medusa, and others.
I enjoyed how the novel poses some fascinating speculations about possible historic roots of many of the familiar myths. You realize that while no novel is more far-fetched than the dream of individual freedom there is also nothing that makes life more worth living. I was fascinated by how the story incorporates ideas about living free in a dangerous world — ideas that include living in loosely connected communities that are able to help each other as needed, being flexible about picking up and moving, being well armed, and not being overly dependent on technology.
The female point of view is a truly fresh take on the freedom theme and worked excellently since no group has been so consistently enslaved and oppressed throughout human history as women. In reading the Wikipedia bio on the author I noticed she has a Ph.
It might to considered a philosophical novel, but not in a heavy-handed way. The entertainment outweighs the philosophy. I look forward to reading Anne Fortier's other books, beginning with Juliet. View 1 comment. Apr 23, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , first-reads , arcs. Well in Ancient times, it was practically impossible. The exception to this are the mythical Amazons, a race of fierce women warriors.
Although no one is certain the Amazons existed, they are mentioned by Herodotus in his histories and Homer has them fighting with Troy in The Iliad. The Lost Sisterhood is the story about Diana Morgan, an Oxford Professor who specializes in decoding and translating ancient languages.
Her personal fascination is the story of the Amazons, even though her obsession with the myth has caused her to lose some credibility. Running parallel to this plot, is the story of Myrina, a woman warrior who tries to keep her band of women safe from pillaging hordes of Greeks and the usual dangers that women encountered in the Bronze Age.
The book bounces back and forth between the two stories with Myrina fighting for her life and Diana, searching for clues about the lost Amazons. Although this book did not feature deep complex characters or astounding lyrical writing, it does have an interesting plot, with plenty of research about the myth of the Amazons entwined in the story.
I loved the sections of the book that took place in Ancient Greece. It also offers some interesting discussion topics, such as whether or not museums should return art that was stolen from other countries. I also found it ironic that Myrina and Diana have many of the same challenges — balancing romance with a career and having a difficult time gaining credibility with their male colleagues. The book is an overall enjoyable read, especially if you like historic fiction. But, I have one complaint that annoyed me through much of the book. Usually with historic fiction, if you feature real people from history, they have to behave in a manner consistent with reality.
So if you are familiar with the Trojan War, put aside your expectations, because this is a very different story. Fun read! Mar 19, Nancy Goldberg Wilks rated it it was amazing. Instead of reaching a decision, I opened the front cover and began reading the book again. It is that good! Central to the book is modern day Philologist, Diana Morgan. Diana is also an Amazon specialist — whose enthusiasm and interest was sparked by an allegedly mentally ill grandmother.
The book follows Diana as she is lured away from her Oxford teaching post by an unknown, but familiar, writing that had been uncovered at an archeological dig. Part of the book follows Diana as she follows the trail of the text. The other part of the book follows Myrina and her sister Lilli, priestesses to the Moon Goddess long ago, at the genesis of the Amazon sisterhood.
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As with all myths, there is a kernel of truth in the myths about the Amazons. Diana tries to seek that kernel of truth — as well as to discover whether Amazons continue to exist in the present. The journey includes Greeks and Trojans, history and love, and professional and personal discoveries. The Lost Sisterhood is beautifully written and has wonderful character development.
Frustrated at not having a sequel, I am tempted to read it a third time. So, why the half a star quandary? I was a little dissatisfied with the ending. The plot was so complex and convoluted that I found the end — where all the loose ends seemed to be neatly tied up very quickly — to be a sort of letdown. But there is now no question in my mind — were I a star- giving reviewer, The Lost Sisterhood would definitely receive 5. May 20, Ariana Fae rated it really liked it. The Lost Sisterhood captured my attention because it revolved around the legendary Amazons, the theme about individual freedom and breaking gender stereotypical roles.
Anne Fortier did a wonderful job of intertwining the tales of two women: Myrina who takes on the responsibility of protecting and leading her sister through an ancient world, and Diana who is on a quest to prove that Amazons were not myths but truly existed. Although she is minor character she was the most compelling and the main reason I kept on reading— I wanted to find out who she really was and her past.
The world building was done well with enough details that made everything vivid. One of the things I loved was how Fortier blended in and reinvented the mythological figures such as Hercules, Paris Hippoltya, King Minos, and King Priam to richen her story. The book had just enough mystery and intrigue to capture my interest and imagination to keep turning the pages.
The Lost Sisterhood will appeal to anyone who loves myth, romance, adventure and ancient history- especially those who love tales about Amazons. Apr 08, Natasa rated it it was ok Shelves: ancient-greece , mystery-thriller , past-and-present , romance. The book is filled with family, love, and friendship. It is a mystery, romance, and adventure. It sounded more intriguing than it actually is. The plot is slow-paced, and there is a lot of trudging through to get through to the climax. The setting is well-developed, but the characters are not likable and forgettable.
Aug 04, Holly rated it liked it Shelves: I don't think I liked Diana very much. I did like Myrina's story, learning about the Amazons, and having a bit of mythology thrown in. Overall I liked this book but I just didn't love it like I wanted to. Oct 19, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: historical , suspense , mystery , romance , some-graphic-content , speculative.
A fun march back into the historical events surrounding the beginnings of the Amazon women and their legends. A dual-timeline story that slowly unravels to bring together the best of historical speculation and modern-day treasure hunting. Apr 03, Kalen Ruiz rated it really liked it. The perfect mix of history, intrigue, treasure hunt and romance. Jun 01, Albert rated it it was amazing. Thank you, Dr. I am gratified to discover that I am no longer the most antiquated scholar at Oxford.
For your sake I hope the academy will one day come to need feminism again; the rest of us, I am relieved to say, have long since moved along and buried the old battle-ax A belief ingrained in her by countless tales told to her by her grandmother. A faith that the Amazons of legend did exist and not only did they exist, but that she will find archaeological proof of such an existence.
Unfortunately she is also very alone among her colleagues in such a belief and finds her career stalled often for it. Until one afternoon after a lecture she has given, she is propositioned by a strange man. Propositioned to fly across the world to decipher a text; in a language she has seen only once before. In a tattered old notebook written in by her grandmother.
The very grandmother who has disappeared but left in Diana, the tales of the Amazons. Parallel to the tale of Diana is the tale of Myrina. A young girl who along with her younger sister finds herself outcast from her village. A disease has attacked the village and Myrina's mother, whose faith in herbs and potions finds herself the scapegoat in the villagers fears. Myrina takes her sister to the city of the Goddess to seek refuge and there joins with the Sisterhood of the Goddess. But such safety does not last as the Temple is sacked and the Sisterhood is taken into slavery or killed. The attackers, Greek pirates led by the son of King Agamemnon have taken Myrina's sister captive.
If there exists a land without men," replied Myrina, glancing at her sisters, "we above all should like to know where it is. As you can surely see, we have suffered much, and expect to suffer more, for this world of ships and journeys has not been kind to us. We are now to choose between danger and regret, neither of which can ever restore the lives we have lost To the Greeks," Paris went on. This is why Agamemnon's pirates think nothing of attacking a foreign temple and laying hands on a priestess, and why I urge you to forget this quest of yours.
If your friends are not already dead, they will be soon. Why add more bodies to the pyre? Because I am a woman, you assume my aim in life is comfort, and that my honor lies in my chastity alone. I can't blame you, for you are merely saying what you think I am hoping to hear. But you are wrong Thus setting the stage for the great War of Troy. Diana finds clues to the existence of Myrina, the last known queen of the Amazons and of the battle of Troy. But in doing so she finds something else. Did the Sisterhood truly die defending the city of Troy against the Greeks, or do they still live today?
Review - Anne Fortier has done it again. Her first English novel, Juliet, told the story of Shakespeare's Juliet in historical terms and how it relates to a modern day Juliet. In The Lost Sisterhood, she brings the strength of and power of the legend of the Amazons to life but in terms that are realistic and true to their time.
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Myrina and her Sisterhood find themselves becoming warriors not by choice but by necessity. And it is their great loss that leads them to seek a sanctuary without men. Where they can provide for themselves and build a life without the limitations pressed upon them by the cultural expectations of their time.
In telling Diana's story, Fortier shows with deftness and grace, that little has changed as Diana fights for the respect and equality that her male counterparts receive in the academic world. Do not get me wrong. This novel is not a flag waving, bra burning condemnation of the male species. Perhaps this is what Fortier has done so very well in this tale. She makes her point without alienating the male reader.
More than that alone, it is a suspenseful and wonderfully researched novel of the fall of Troy and the legends of the Amazons that defended it. She does not mimic the story we have heard before but writes one of her own. There is little mention of Achilles and none of Paris' older brother Hector.
The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier
Helen is here of course but not quite in the fashion we are use to. The Lost Sisterhood is an ode to strong independent women and insightful to the sacrifice and gain that comes with such independence. But best of all, it is a really good story. Aug 19, Meagan rated it really liked it. Interesting mystery about the Amazons.
I haven't really read a lot about them and the Ancient Greece class I took in university didn't really hook me, but I still found the backstory to this book interesting. It also had me wanting to watch Wonder Woman again! A large part of me wants to give this five stars purely because I LOVED it, but I'm being good and refraining because, as much as I loved it, even me in my extreme bias knows this isn't a five star book.
I adored Anne Fortier's first book Juliet and because of that I could hardly wait to read her follow up book - I was not disappointed at all. She follows the Juliet format by telling us two stories in one - the first about an Oxford lecturer, Diana, as she tries to find out if the fabled Amazons A large part of me wants to give this five stars purely because I LOVED it, but I'm being good and refraining because, as much as I loved it, even me in my extreme bias knows this isn't a five star book.
She follows the Juliet format by telling us two stories in one - the first about an Oxford lecturer, Diana, as she tries to find out if the fabled Amazons really did exist all the while trying to avoid various shady characters and, in the second story, we go back to the bronze age to see Myrina, a young woman trying to make her way in the world as a sister, a priestess, a warrior and more and how that journey takes her to Troy and beyond.
I was entranced by both stories I do think that as much as I loved this idea, it wasn't as well executed as it was in Juliet - I felt underwhelmed by the resolution of Myrina and Paris' story and with Myrina's motivations post Troy. I loved the spin on the fall of Troy Which is perhaps understandable considering what happened at that moment, but still I could understand a degree of bitterness over the pain she felt, but I don't know if I would accept Myrina as she had been in Troy, would have ever forbade or discouraged her sisters from finding the happiness she had, never mind the idea that she would have encouraged them to abandon male children.
It was just something that didn't match up with me, personally. That sounds dumb considering, but it was all just a little too Those reasons aside, I adored it - it was a good read, it was interesting, the characters were likable, the love stories were engaging and I hated every time I had to stop reading. I will probably make it part of my annual tradition of re-reading Juliet - I enjoyed it that much. I think if, like me, you loved Juliet, you will love this. If you have even a passing interest in history and anthropology, you will probably love this, but otherwise, it might not be as enjoyable to you.
I'd still give it a try though. I just can't wait for Anne Fortier's third book now. Mar 02, Christie rated it liked it. While at times the storyline felt reminiscent of other books I have read- Mosse's Labyrinth and Juliet, it started out as a riveting read. But the "heroine", Diana, is annoying. For being a well-educated and supposed highly intelligent woman, she is very stupid and naive. That she would go off on a trip to find out more about her passion, the Amazons, is understandable but when you think you' Having read Fortier's previous work, Juliet, and enjoying it, I was curious to read The Lost Sisterhood.
That she would go off on a trip to find out more about her passion, the Amazons, is understandable but when you think you're going to Amsterdam and instead you end up in Algeria, wouldn't you be concerned??? And when the organization you think you're working for insists on paying you in cash and won't tell you anything or even let you have your phone??? I really wanted to give her a good smack on the head 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.