Oxford lecturer Diana Morgan is an expert on Greek mythology. Her obsession with the Amazons started in childhood when her eccentric grandmother claimed to be one herself—before vanishing without a trace. Diana’s colleagues shake their heads at her Amazon fixation. But then a mysterious, well-financed foundation makes Diana an offer she cannot refuse.
Traveling to North Africa, Diana teams up with Nick Barran, an enigmatic Middle Eastern guide, and begins deciphering an unusual inscription on the wall of a recently unearthed temple. There she discovers the name of the first Amazon queen, Myrina, who crossed the Mediterranean in a heroic attempt to liberate her kidnapped sisters from Greek pirates, only to become embroiled in the most famous conflict of the ancient world—the Trojan War. Taking their cue from the inscription, Diana and Nick set out to find the fabled treasure that Myrina and her Amazon sisters salvaged from the embattled city of Troy so long ago. Diana doesn’t know the nature of the treasure, but she does know that someone is shadowing her, and that Nick has a sinister agenda of his own. With danger lurking at every turn, and unsure of whom to trust, Diana finds herself on a daring and dangerous quest for truth that will forever change her world.
The only reason I picked up this book was for a reading challenge. I needed something with 500+ pages and nothing else that size interested me. To be honest I didn’t know anything about this book when I picked it up.
It just so happens that Ancient Greece fascinates me beyond reason (esp. considering I prefer HEA and everything Greek is tragic). If I hadn’t been so fascinated, this book might have seemed long and drawn out, but I really enjoyed it! I’m also a big fan of classical retellings and romance, so this book checked off a lot of boxes for me. It isn’t the best-written novel, but the content and style appealed to me. If you don’t like Ancient Greece or re-tellings, this book might drag on for you; for me, however, it was a great blend of history, mystery, suspense, and romance. I’ll definitely read more by this author.
*About a dozen or so swear words, including some f-bombs; appropriate violence; suggested sexuality but nothing explicit.