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.
©2014 Anne Fortier (P)2014 Random House Audio
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)
From the Hardcover edition.
I liked Juliet so I would probably try another book by Fortier. Not sure I will listen to Campbell again.
The accents were not very good. For instance, after listening to all the outlander books by Gabaldon, Campbell's Scottish accent for Craig sounded more Irish. Also, Campbell's narration just didn't feel natural to me and didn't seem to flow the way other books have. I had to stop listening to the narration on several occasions and read myself because I wasn't into it.
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.....
Informative, Interesting, Action-Packed.
I liked the information on Amazons and the relationship between the main character and her grandmother.
Neither, though I did worry about Nick.
This book is not in the same class as say Outlander but the information and the juxtaposition of the time of antiquity and present was interesting.
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.
If someone liked history, adventure, romance, mystery all rolled into one, this would be the perfect story for them.
Each moment Diane interacted with her grandmother. I loved the sass of the older woman.
The life she brought to each charcter kept me interested.
Multiple times this book had me on the edge of my seat or laughing at some sassy moment between multiple characters.
This style of writing may not intregue everyone, but I thouroughly enjoy the writings of Anne Fortier. If you stick with the story to the end, you may find some aspects of the story that you will find entertaining. Happy readings!
Absolutely addicted to reading and love audiobooks.
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.
This book has it all: history, adventure, love, mystery, and danger. I love how thorough Anne Fortier is with her research into the subject of the Amazons and really takes history and myth and makes a wonderful story of it, linking past and present. I loved this book, and I loved her first book, Juliet. Just wish she had another one so I could read that too!
A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape.
This story was not what I thought it would be, but when I realized what it really was about, I was open to the premise. It is a very long book (which normally I like), but I never really got into the story. The narrator is very good and was not the problem at all. There was no humor in it and the action was simple and frankly boring to me. I cannot recommend this book. And, frankly, I am very liberal with my appreciation. I usually like every book.
But, this is just my opinion - if you are interested in it, you should try it.
More historical facts, more complexity in story
No. I know they'd be disappointed.
No. I would rather see Juliet made into a movie.
I'll still buy the next book by Anne Fortier. She writes beautifully. It's just that she needs someting concret to write about. Perhaps more research?
I would try one but this book had a very weak story line it was a chore to get through the first 5 chapters
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