Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Lost Sisterhood

Fortier, Anne.  The Lost Sisterhood.  NY: Ballantine, c2014.

In this book we follow Diana Morgan as she becomes involved in a mysterious trip to an archaeological site in Northern Africa.  She went against advice from her colleagues and her common sense, but was so intrigued by the promise that her favorite topic was involved, the Amazons, that she left common sense behind.  That decision took her on a lengthy and dangerous journey throughout the Mediterranean.  

The story is told in alternating chapters,  first from Diana's perspective and then from the perspective of Myrina, the first Amazon Queen.  Myrina's story begins with the tragic loss of her mother and the Greek pirate raid that took her sister and other members of the Moon Goddess temple into captivity.  Determined to get them back, Myrina faces incredible odds and an adventure she could never have dreamed of.

Throughout both stories, the reader is drawn into the real and mythical history of the Mediterranean civilizations including Greece and Troy.  While the story is fiction, there are many factual references that will make you want to have a reference nearby for digging further into the fascinating story.

While intended for adults, this is a good read for high school as well, and the sexual content is largely hinted at rather than graphic and only near the end of the story.  Recommended for grade 11 and above.

Review by Mrs. Belknap

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