Thursday, March 6, 2014

History Corner / Book Review- The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier

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How did the Trojan War start?
Did Amazons exist?

This new title from Anne Fortier, releasing NEXT week,  gives us a fictionalized account of what might have happened!

From the author of the New York Times bestseller 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.

You can check out photos from the author's research trip on her website!


WOW, is the first word that comes to mind when you close this book! Trust me when I say once you start reading you will NOT want to put the book down! But at 600 pages, you more than likely will need at least 2 sittings! Fortier takes the reader back in time, then to present day, where the reminders of the past are being discovered. It's a neat story line- showing the past and where objects landed, and then having present day characters digging them up- all in a nice, tidy circle of life! With the author's background, it's no wonder the history sections sometimes seem to have more life to them!

Add in a good mystery, some id he/didn't he romance, and an illusive hunt for modern Amazons, and you've got a thriller of an archaeological history fiction novel! In fact, like many other readers, I found myself not wanting this story to end! While she may not have planned on a sequel or continuing series, I would love to see one with Myrina and Nick- they have that type of charisma together!

I had not read Fortier's previous novel, but after finishing this one, I want to (this is her second novel)! I really can't recommend this book enough- if you like Dan Brown or Steve Berry type books, you'll LOVE this one! 

About the Author
Anne Fortier grew up in Denmark, but immigrated to the United States in 2002. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas and co-produced the Emmy-winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia (2005). Her first novel in English, JULIET (2010), was published in over 30 countries and became a New York Times bestseller. Check out her website for more!

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