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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier

The Lost Sisterhood
by Anne Fortier
HarperCollins
ISBN: 9781443412469
Buy from Indigo

Description: The Lost Sisterhood tells the story of Diana, a young and aspiring--but somewhat aimless--professor at Oxford. Her fascination with the history of the Amazons, the legendary warrior women of ancient Greece, is deeply connected with her own family's history; her grandmother in particular. When Diana is invited to consult on an archeological excavation, she quickly realizes that here, finally, may be the proof that the Amazons were real.

The Amazons' "true" story--and Diana's history--is threaded along with this modern day hunt. This historical back-story focuses on a group of women, and more specifically on two sisters, whose fight to survive takes us through ancient Athens and to Troy, where the novel reinvents our perspective on the famous Trojan War.

The Lost Sisterhood features another group of iconic, legendary characters, another grand adventure--you'll see in these pages that Fortier understands the kind of audience she has built with Juliet, but also she's delivering a fresh new story to keep that audience coming back for more.

Random Thoughts
  • I know its probably my preconceived notion that academics are more reserved, but I was a tad frustrated with Diana's girlish behavior towards the two male love interests.  Now if it was me, that behavior would be normal- but I expect more from an academic.  Yes not really important but it was something I felt when reading
  • Again with the preconceived notions but I thought Diana was way too wussy to be an Amazon.  Liked her character, but felt a more stronger character would be more believable
  • Love Grandma even though we only get to see her through flashbacks - what a little spitfire she was. Quite frankly wanted more about her background
  • The story set in the past is fascinating and I couldn't put the book down when reading those chapters
  • Love the cover and where can I get me one of those bracelets
  • Even with all my problems with the story, it interested me enough to keep reading and some parts were quite intriguing
  • Hard time explaining this but I liked the use of mythology like it was an actual historical incident
  • Women power
  • Some great suspenseful moments that keep you on the edge of your seat
  • First chapter of the story sucked me in
  • Got a kick out of her name - Diana Morgan - think about it
  • Made me want to do research on Amazons - ok and lets face it when I hear Amazons I think Xena or Wonder Woman so it really cannot be a bad thing. Come on what woman doesn't think the idea of women warriors who don't need men (well except for that one thing)  is a glorious thing
  • Enjoyed the scene where Granny deals with the death of Rebecca's dog
  • Some fabulous quotes - couldn't narrow it down to three like I normally do 
  • Enjoyed it enough that I will pick up a copy of Juliet, Ms Fortier's other novel
Favorite Quotes

"I quite liked the idea of Granny as a young warrior woman, armed and on horseback, chasing churchwardens and gossipy ladies with arrows and war cries."

"Thousands of years ago, these regions had been fertile, with prosperous urban settlements, but nature had cast  a fairy spell and put them to sleep beneath a blanket of fine-grained oblivion that no amount of scholarship could ever hope to remove."

"Men always like to blame women for everything that goes wrong. Look at Adam and Eve..."

"But the world is far from simple, and intelligent human beings don't like to be pinned down and painted by some hand in the sky, whether it belongs to a  god, priest or politician."

"By stealing her girdle, Hercules would in a sense remover both her masculine power and her female dignity. Or less philosophically, he raped her and stole her pepper spray. What a hero."

3.5 Dewey's

I received this from the Indigo Insider program as I work for Indigo. I am in no way required to review or sell any copies. That being said Cory/Shannon/Roz - If Nathan Fillion ever writes a book and you are his publisher  - I expect a meeting with him

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