The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier (Review)

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I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

“We are the killers of beasts and men. Wild ourselves, we inhabit the wild places. Freedom courses in our blood, and death whispers at the tip of our arrows. We fear nothing; fear runs from us. Try to stop us, and you will feel our rage.”

Diana Morgan is an Oxford lecturer and expert on Greek mythology, as well as an expert on the Amazons. A society of warrior females who fought in the Trojan War and is rumoured to have a hidden treasure. Diana’s obsession with the Amazons started in childhood from stories from her eccentric grandmother, who also claimed to be one herself. Then her grandmother vanishes. A mysterious benefactor then makes Diana an offer she cannot refuse. Diana along with Nick Barron, Diana’s guide when she gets to North Africa, go on a search for evidence of the Amazons. There, Diana discovers an ancient language, and she has a way to decipher it. She learns the name of one of the first Amazon queen, Myrina, who was involved in the most famous war in ancient history – the Trojan War. The Lost Sisterhood follows both Diana on her discovery of the Amazons from Africa to Europe, and Myrina and her adventure of freeing her sisters from Greek pirates to the end of Troy and the fate of the Amazons.

I really did love The Lost Sisterhood. At 600 pages, I really did expect to have to force my way through this, but it went by surprisingly fast. I can’t rate this 5 stars though, mainly due to the fact that at about 80% it lost my interest a little bit and didn’t really capture it back until about 95%. Anne Fortier really did do a brilliant job in making me almost believe in the myth. There may have been Amazons, no doubt, but Fortier did such a fantastic job at making Myrina’s story seem so real and I do have to praise her. Fortier also did an astounding job in interweaving the stories of Diana and Myrina, and I have much love and admiration for both female leads. The Lost Sisterhood was an inspiring tale about love, sisterhood, bravery and the injustices that women have had at the hands of men, and these women are fighting back. Yet these women do not kill all men on sight, just those who try to hurt them and take something from them. They also see the goodness and kindness in some men, but are aware that there are also many wicked and cruel men in the world who wish to dominate them. I’m not sure whose story I liked best, both had amazing characters. I think Diana’s was slightly less interesting than Myrina’s, but I think that is because I was desperate to know what happened to the Amazons, and the fate of Myrina and her sisters.

I really do admire both Myrina and Diana. Diana was very passionate about the Amazons despite the shaming she received from her colleagues, yet she was still driven and determined to take the man up on his offer of discovering what happened to the Amazons and whether they were in fact real or just myth. Diana obviously had a lot of love for her grandmother, which impacted on her greatly, as well as her love for the Amazons. I enjoyed Diana’s relationships with those around her, her friendship with Rebecca and her romantic relationship with Nick, both of who are also favourite characters of mine. I liked how Fortier didn’t focus too much of the romantic aspect in Diana’s story, not until the last half of it anyway, but she still didn’t focus on it too much, which was good. Myrina was also a great character. She is very courageous and stubborn. She endured much hardship in her life but she kept her head up and she moved forward because she, and her fellow Amazons, are survivors.

The Lost Sisterhood is a great piece of historical fiction, and if Greek mythology is your thing then I do highly suggest that you pick this one up and I assure you that you will not regret it. It is a story of bravery and overcoming the hardship and loss in life. It is a story of sisterhood and love and how these can keep people going. Highly recommend.

MY RATING: ★★★★☆

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