Tuesday, June 3, 2014

QUICK REVIEW: The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier


The Lost Sisterhood is the new novel from the author of Juliet, an Oprah's Book Club Pick published in 30 countries which has been picked up by Universal to be made into a feature film. 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.

Hardcover, 585 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Ballantine Books
ISBN  0345536223 (ISBN13: 9780345536228)

About the Author
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Anne Fortier grew up in Denmark, but immigrated to the United States in 2002. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas and co-produced the Emmy-winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia (2005). Her first novel in English, JULIET (2010), was published in over 30 countries and became a New York Times bestseller. Her next book, THE LOST SISTERHOOD, will be out on March 11, 2014. 

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My Thoughts
The young men completed their training row in record time. 
Diana is a professor at Oxford, and she has a very personal (and well known) passion for the legend of the Amazons. She is hired to fly out to an excavation of a purported ancient Amazon site, to try and translate an ancient language that was unearthed. She winds up being teamed up with Nick, and adventure ensues!

This story really reminded me a little of a YA or romance novel. It could be a little silly and ridiculous at times, and it read like a romance novel much of the time.

And sometimes it was just plain fun:
If Nick was indeed, as Rebecca had predicted, horseman number four, then-- I decided then and there, with a scorching gush of exaltation-- I was more than ready to straddle the apocalypse.
“You can tease its mane all you like, but you can’t turn a house cat into a lion."
At times some scenes had an overly-dramatic feel.
“Now let us all thank the Goddess--” continued the High Priestess, holding out her arms so that the flared sleeves of her garment spread like the wings of a phoenix. “Thank you, kind Mistress, for sending this young woman to train us. Please help her strip away our folly and weakness that we may once again stand guard around your radiant majesty with our bows strung.”
Occasionally the writing could get a little hokey…
...a tangerine burst of sunset cut through the remaining haze to remind us who was the king of heaven after all.
...but most of it was engaging and pulled me along with the story.

My final word: Overall this was a pretty fun story, full of adventure, if a little ridiculous at times. It was unusual and original, and well worth my time. And I absolutely love that cover!

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Cover: A
Writing Style: B
Characters: B+
Storyline/Plot: A-
Interest/Uniqueness: A

My Rating:  B+


I received a copy of this book to review through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated in any way, and the opinions expressed are my own and based on my observations while reading this novel. The book that I received was an uncorrected proof, and quotes could differ from the final release.

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