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The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier

Rules of the Sisterhood:
  • They must never again consort with men
  • They must learn to kill rather than love
  • They must subject themselves to having one breast seared off, in order to better pull the bow

The myth of the ancient Amazons is brought to life in this imaginative adventure that reads like an Indian Jones movie. I kept thinking of the title as Indiana Jane Meets The Temple Of The Moon Goddess.

Diana Morgan, a young aspiring professor at Oxford is fascinated by the history of the Amazons, the ancient warrior women of ancient Greece. The reason may have to do somewhat with her grandmother who disappeared when she was a child. But she left Diana something very important that would soon make her indispensable in decoding the ancient history of the Amazons.

From Oxford to the ancient ruins in North Africa, Diana risks her reputation and possibly her life, as she is recruited on a Da Vinci Code type journey that sets the pace for a pulse-pounding adventure taking us back and forth from the present day to the Amazonian period.
“Remember: women may not be too weak To strike a blow.”
                                ~ Sophocles, Electra

The Lost Sisterhood follows two stories told simultaneously in perfect synch. The first is told from Diana Morgan’s point of view. As an Oxford philologist she is lured overnight by a foundation to a North African dig where she finds an inscription on the temple wall. The writing hasn’t been deciphered before and Diana using her grandmother’s secret diary is able to decode it.

I fear giving away too much of the story, so I will keep it brief. I was quite surprised at how much this book captured my heart. The 585 page long book kept me from picking it up and though the cover was beautiful I wasn’t sure it would be my kind of book. But, the book has changed the way I think of historical fiction.

The grand adventure was balanced by characters that were down-to-earth and likeable. I haven’t yet read Anne Fortier’s earlier novel Juliet, about a woman who learns she may be a descendent of Juliet, but after the beautiful reading adventure the author took me on for The Lost Sisterhood, I am definitely inclined to read that one too.

Her story telling is fresh, compelling and somehow beautifully relatable. In my opinion she joins the ranks of Dan Brown in telling a tale that is heroic, mystical and captures your imagination.

History never felt so alive.

The Lost Sisterhood is published by Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

5 out of 5 Sukasa Stars

Review by @ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)