The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: eARC courtesy of publisher via NetGalley
Two main reasons I picked this book is the author (I enjoyed her previous work, Juliet) and she’s writing about Amazons! Girl Power, right?! Plus there isn’t much known about the Amazons –are they a myth or were they real? What’s happened to them? There are so many possibilities and in the realm of fiction… infinite possibilities!
The story is told from 2 perspectives: Diana (present) and Myrina (past). I think Diana is a great choice of a name for a protagonist who is a philologist completely obsessed over the Amazons. Whilst she’s not a fighter or hunter as such, she is proficient in fencing (as a sport) –I found this to be slightly strange and amusing at the same time. Diana is as academic as you could get and will do all she can to gain knowledge about the Amazons. I have to admit that I didn’t particularly find Diana to be special though there were some admirable moves on her part.
Myrina, though, is a very strong and courageous woman. She definitely spoke to my heart of hearts. She fought for her sister and then again for the women in the sisterhood. She is a born fighter and leader; tough, resilient, and sharp. Throughout the reading, her chapters are the ones I looked forward to and dreaded the ending.
There is romance, of course, and though it was sweet…ish, they went as per my expectation so I didn’t find them particularly engaging. In terms of actions (Amazons… actions… you know where my thoughts are going), there really wasn’t much though the ending about the Amazons were kind of interesting though I must admit I was somewhat disappointed. Yes, indeed, Girl Power, and I supposed that might make a very interesting tv series but I just can’t find it in myself to like this conclusion.
Overall, I found The Lost Sisterhood to be a pretty average read. It was slow to begin with and held only half of my attention. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it as engaging as Juliet and due to personal taste, am not a fan of parts of the ending.
Thanks to Random House for copy of eARC via NetGalley