Author: Anne Fortier
Provided Synopsis: 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.
Review: As a young child, Diana Morgan was regaled with stories about the mythological figures known the Amazons. Her parents never considered her grandmother to be sound of mind, since she was known to track Amazon activity in the present-day newspapers or even go as far as to proclaim herself to be one, but Diana became as enthralled with the Amazons as can be to the point of becoming a professor at Oxford who specializes in them. When Diana is approached by a man with a picture of Amazon writing from a temple discovered in North Africa, she is unable to turn away the opportunity to see and to learn more. Because while there are plenty of uncertainties surrounding the truth of the Amazons and their history, there is also plenty of uncertainty when it comes to the disappearance of Diana’s grandmother many years ago. Could all of these events be related?
In some ways I found Diana Morgan to be a character very similar to the character created by author Dan Brown. Like Robert Langdon, Diana is an expert in her field and is called to a site to find the secrets of the past. Her journey is filled with adventure, romance, mysteries, and violence. There are so many people with dubious intentions that she never knows who to trust, and I found the entire ordeal to be exciting. It was a good story that those interested in Greek mythology will take an instant interest in, especially due to the storyline Anne Fortier includes of an Amazon woman named Myrina.
The story of Myrina goes from North Africa, to Crete, to Mycenae, and to Troy. Rather than rely upon the “agreed” version of events that led to the Trojan War as dictated by Homer, the author decided to create her own storyline and its differences and originality are what really made this a story of interest. I could not get enough of this book when it retreated to the past simply because I never knew where the journey would go. It may not be accurate but it was refreshing and definitely contributed to my enjoyment of this tale.