Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publishing Date: March 11th 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Two things made me request an ARC of TLS – 1) that it was a book about Amazons and 2) it was written by Fortier, an author whose earlier work Juliet impressed me.
As I have mentioned time and again I love reading books which delve into Greek Mythology/History, since I find it fascinating I was always intrigued to read something Amazonian. While I have come across plenty of books which deal with Greek roots, even read a few blurbs of books which in some way are based on or deal with the infamous Trojan War, to be honest I haven’t read any of those books. With ample movies/TV shows around for the purpose that have their own grandiose and pull, I wasn’t tempted to pick a book based on the subject. However I haven’t come across anything Amazonian in popular culture. The hugely popular show Xena – Warrior Princess, is the first and only instance which comes to my mind of Amazons having a prominent plot/arc in recent times in a TV show/Movie, which ended a decade back at least. As a follower of the show I had loved how they had brought in on the Amazonian aspect, by initiating Renée O Connor’ character Gabrielle into the tribe.
So after all these years when I got a chance to read something about this feisty kick-ass tribe of women, I wasted no time and immediately put across my request for the book.
Fortier like her earlier book again delves into the lives of two women Myrina & Diana, each of whom faces hurdles in their own time and struggles to overcome them to the best of her abilities. The book mostly alternates in chapters and we get a glimpse of Diana and Myrina’ lives running in parallel, beginning with Myrina setting off with her younger sister Lilli after the brutal murder of their mother to take refuge in the temple of the moon goddess and Diana receiving an opportunity to become the first philologist called in on the archeological site of an ancient Amazonian temple, to translate their text.
Though I shouldn’t be as amazed as I am, but I cant help it, reading TLS was experiencing a very vivid Deja vu. And I am not just saying this because I find the structure of TLS & Juliet so similar, given they are both works of Fortier, it’s not a surprise. What is though is the fact, just like last time around when I had read Juliet, I had admired Giulietta, the protagonist who serves as the ancestor of the modern-day heroine Juliet, more than Juliet, I find a strange parallel here and can say I was more fascinated by Myrina than Diana. Somehow Diana and Juliet don’t exactly tickle my fancy as much as their counterparts Giulietta & Myrina.
The other aspect which strongly kicked in, further alleviating this Deja vu experience was that I couldn’t help but think, I am reading a Dan Brown book here. The quest for the search of the Amazonian treasure, or more accurately the Trojan treasure entrusted to the Amazons, was reminiscent of Langdon’ search for the Holy Grail.
So if you are a Brown fan who is looking for your next read, I suggest you try TLS. Though I would give you a heads up – with 600+ pages TLS is a mammoth of sorts, and skipping any part could not only ruin the ride but also kill your thrill, so pick it up at leisure.
I was provided an advance readers copy for reviewing courtesy of Ballantine Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review of the book. This review is in no way influenced.