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.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.
Hardcover, 585 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Ballantine Books
Three and a half stars: A book that is too lengthy, and it stumbles with unfinished story lines.
Diana Morgan is desperately trying to lock in her place at Oxford. Right now, she is a guest lecturer whose expertise is Greek Mythology and the mythical Amazon warriors. After an exasperating day, Diana is cornered by a strange man who is linked to a wealthy foundation. He presents Diana with an offer she can’t refuse. Diana meets up with Nick Barran, an enigmatic guide. Together they travel to North Africa in search of the Amazons. As the plot thickens, Diana is confronted with danger around every corner. Who can she trust?
What I Liked:
- The Lost Sisterhood is a sweeping story that immerses the reader into the past and the present as two tales unfold. In the past, Myrina a young, fierce girl is on a quest to save her sisters, which eventually leads her to Troy. In the present, Diana Morgan is tracking down her own mysterious past as she tries to unravel the clues in her grandmother’s notebook. Her journey takes her across continents all in hopes of finding the mysterious Amazon women. If you like adventure, mythology, danger, archeology and mystery, this is a tale for you.
- This book presents two different story lines. I found myself more invested in Myrina’s story line. Myrina is the founder of the Amazons. I loved watching her adventure unfold. From humble beginnings, to the shores of Troy and beyond.
- I enjoyed the mystery. The story is full of twists and turns as Diana and her friends go on a quest to uncover the origins of the Amazon. I especially liked the personal ties that were uncovered between Diana and Nick.
- There is plenty of action and danger in this one, and you are never quite sure whom to trust. It reads a bit like an Dan Brown tale.
- The ending is satisfactory in that the main mystery is complete and most of the story lines are finished.
And The Not So Much:
- What held this one back for me was the length. It got too drawn out, and I felt like it dragged.
- I was extremely disappointed in the supposed conclusion of Myrina’s story. The reader is left wondering what happened to Myrina. I was so invested in Myrina and her character, and I was frustrated that her story line was left dangling.
- I also thought the story line in the present was a fizzle at the end. I don’t know I was expecting way more from the Amazons. After all that, it was disappointing.
- The romance was a big miss for me. Diana isn’t sure who Nick is and she isn’t sure she can trust him, and then she all of a sudden falls in love with him? It just didn’t work for me.
The Lost Sisterhood was an interesting book, and I loved the blending of genres. I was especially intrigued by Myrina’s story in the past which takes the reader to Troy. What held this book back for me was the length, the ridiculous romance and the unfinished story lines. It was a good read, but I wanted it to be brilliant.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.