Judith Tarr is known for her historical fantasy novels. Her 2004 novel, Queen Of The Amazons intertwines historical facts of Alexander The Great with the myth of the Amazons.
When Hippolyta, Queens Of The Amazons gives birth to her first daughter, there is hope among the clans. This is to be their future queen, the woman who will one day lead them into the future. But the child, according to many in the clan is born without a soul and therefore unworthy of her birthright. Selene, the niece of the late seer, who has her own gift of the sight, takes charge of the child, who has been named Etta.
Years later, when Etta has become a young woman, news of Alexander, King of Macedonia has made it’s way to the Amazons. Determined to be in the presence of this new king, Etta travels to his land with her mother and protector right behind her. It becomes clear that Etta and Alexander’s fates are somehow entwined, when Hippolyta’s vengeful niece, Phaedra returns to once again make a claim on the throne that she believes is hers.
The reviews on Amazon are mixed and to be fair, I have not read any of Ms. Tarr’s other books, so I can only vouch for this book. I do enjoy this book. It may not be 100% historically accurate, but that’s okay. Sometimes you need a good book to take you away from the world you live in and temporarily transport you to another place and time.
I recommend this book.
The Amazons are part of the ancient myths that comes down to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans. According to the myth, they were a tribe of warrior women who cut off one breast so they would not be impeded as they shot their arrows.
In her new book, The Lost Sisterhood, Anne Fortier interweaves two stories.
Diana Morgan is an academic from Oxford University in England, her specialty is the Amazons. Ms. Fortier brings the reader into three different time periods: present day and Diana’s childhood with a grandmother who is either suffering from mental illness or reliving a past life as an Amazon. The third time period is ancient North Africa, where Myrina and Lilli’s mother has just been killed. They make their way to temple of the Moon Goddess. When Greek pirates raid the temple and kidnap several of Myrina’s sisters, she embarks on a quest to rescue them, not knowing that they will be part of the Trojan War.
A mysterious and wealthy benefactor offers to fund Diana’s research about the Amazons. Finding a buried tomb, Diana discovers that Myrina was once the Queen Of The Amazons. Her journey takes her through the Middle East and Europe. Traveling with Diana is Nick Barran, a man whose name and loyalties seem to be questionable. Adding to the quest to discover who Myrina is and what her story was, she is confronted by those who do not want to her to continue on her journey.
The book is long, nearly 600 pages long. It’s not a bad book, but the meat of the book is in the final third of the story. In trying to mingle academic fact, myth and fiction, the book is almost too long. I could have done without some of the traveling. Would I recommend this book? Maybe, if I was going on a long trip and needed a book to keep me occupied.