Book Review: The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier

Book Review: The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier
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Paperback: 480 pages
Published by Harper Collins (March 11 2014)
Author: Anne Fortier
ISBN: 9781443412469

The Lost Sisterhood is a story told in two times. In the modern world, Diana Morgan, an intrepid young academic with a passion for ancient history, is on a quest for the truth about both the Amazon civilization and her own family’s past. In the ancient world, brave female hunter Myrina is scouring the Mediterranean for a new home.

As Diana uncovers pieces of history, her story and Myrina’s are woven together in a tapestry so intricate that Arachne herself would be impressed. From Medusa’s serpentine locks to the Minotaur in his labyrinth and the star-crossed city of Troy, Anne Fortier rewrites what we know about ancient history and mythology in a strikingly believable and intellectually compelling way, tossing out happy crumbs of knowledge, theory and culture throughout the narrative. Each of Myrina’s chapters begins with a quote from ancient Greek literature, further showcasing Fortier’s knowledge of the ancient world.

Although the historical aspects are very engaging and well researched, the modern story’s final twists are much less plausible, and both narratives are overly feminist with somewhat thin character development. Despite the novel’s flaws, however, the reader can’t help but admire Fortier’s smart and creative reconstruction of the world that was.
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