This is a saga, a pure, exciting adventurous saga which starts from the Gods of the Greek mythology, Zeus, his wife Hera and their wager and ends in the life of Amazonian women, the brutalities faced by them and their courage in overcoming the challenges.
An amazing book by a brilliant storyteller, who has carefully chosen her plot to include the gods, their politics and ways, slowly connecting them to the Amazonian queen and her tribes. A moment of indiscretion by Queen Elektra, leads to the downfall of the tribes of Amazonia. She is banned to Hades, but she leaves behind her mark and her magical girdle.
In the course of life, two women meet and clash, Thea and Teigra, mighty in different ways, one becomes a Sondra, a warrior and the other, going through the strives in life, becomes a paid assassin for the self-declared, torturer of humans, King Zarek. And their saga, fulfilling the words of their prophecy, continues…
The author, Zenay Bekele Ben-Yochanan, is quite a weaver of the tale. Reading the story, I imagined that the author sat down at her spinning-wheel, slowly twisting the cotton into threads of gold, adding different colors to enhance the gold, each thread undulating and entwining to become a chapter, weaving itself into a complete story filling the barren tapestry of the book. The colors, the passions, the adventures, the mystery, all binding into a rich tale, a saga like never read before.
A first in the series, Zenay has taken the plot of Greek mythology and its links to the Amazonian women and given it a twist. She writes with a flair, hardly ever in debut authors. An adventure thriller which has mystery, prophecy, Kings, Queens, torture, ambushes, love, war is quite difficult to write, giving each part equal importance so that the story is balanced and exciting to the reader. And Zenay has taken great care to see that each fragment fits like a jigsaw puzzle into her story. Her characterisations throw an exotic allure in the book. Each one is distinctive and extremely detailed, whether it is the free spirit like Thea, the tortured spirit like Teigra or the one who snuffs off the spirit and tortures the body using techniques almost unheard of, like Zarek.
A few niggles; there are many characters other than the main ones, so I had to go back and find the right link, to place them in their proper context in the story. At 356 pages, the story is quite long.
But what is remarkable is the author’s ability to extract every nuance of feeling from my heart. I felt happiness, joy, sadness, erotism, helplessness, shock, disgust, anger, vengeful and ultimately pride at the girls’ journey to reach their peak.
Weaving a tale from the Greek mythology to the Amazonian women is a stroke of genius. It uplifts the story and enhances the excitement many times over. Zenay Bekele Ben-Yochanan is nothing but a great storyteller who can portray women as the greatest species of all… So true!!
My rating : 4.5 stars
About the Author
Zenay Bekele Ben-Yochanan was born in Ethiopia and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. Raised during a time when kids had the freedom to roam the streets, surrounded by holy sites, rich traditions and culture, Zenay was heavily influenced by her environment. She was raised by two women, her aunt and a family friend, both of whom she considers her mother. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie who loves to cook. Her dream is to travel the world, tasting food from every conceivable corner of the globe, and never have to worry about gaining weight. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she writes from the comfort of her home
An embittered wager between Zeus and Hera results in the banishment of the most powerful Amazon leader, Queen Elektra. Sent to Hades, she leaves behind two precious gems and the Golden Girdle, holder of mysteries and the gift of immortality for the rightful owner. In Elektra’s absence, two fierce warriors rise.
Teigra—a lone wolf who has suffered a life of unspeakable brutality as a slave. Forced to earn her living as a cage fighter, she endures by way of her cunning wit, quick reflexes, and lethal striking abilities. As a hired assassin, loyal only to the highest bidder, a chance encounter with the Girdle reframes her destiny.
Thea—raised and trained as a Sondra. As elite warriors in the Amazon tribe, held in the highest esteem among their people, a Sondra’s mission is to eliminate any outside threat. But a new directive takes shape when a seer repositions her path to find the Golden Girdle.
The battle to recover the Girdle pits warrior against warrior. Both are unaware of each other’s existence, until they are sent on a perilous quest with impossibly high stakes. On opposite sides of a grand, savage battle, each woman is driven to dominate the other by a shared prophecy and an instinctual force to outlive and outlast.
Publication date : 5th December, 2017
Publisher : Enaye Media Group
Language : English
Available on Amazon
A larger than life adventure thriller
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Omg… C&P is a long process. Very hectic
Hello Shalini, no problem. Your postings are worth to do. Always! Oh, with c & p i am very convenient in programming. LOL
A good sideeffect is the possibility to tag the articles also here. This could bring more audience for the postings, over Google Search. Michael
Oh, a new way to look at things. That’s cool
Always seeing the positive moments in life. Because looking out of my window is depressive enough. LOL Thanks! Michael 😉
You really want to see in which
environment we are living here? LOL
Don’t be shocked. 😉
I just saw.. Wow… I understand
LOL Most time i am aways from here/ there. I hope you are not shocked, but this is another side of Bavaria (advertised as the best, biggest country). LOL Michael
No not shocked. Life is such that. We all come from somewhere, sometimes we go nowhere….just a journey of life. I suppose
Thank you for the C&P. Thanks for that
Well, I’m always a sucker for Greek mythology! This one sounds very interesting although the ‘too many characters’ always get to me. Simplifying is always best, especially when you’re working with names that may not be of the norm.. But, I’m willing to bite that bullet and give it a shot!
It’s a great book, but as you said, different sounding names, I had to go back to remember how the character was associated with the main one. On the whole a fun story.
Very well written , Greek mythology is always fascinating. Anyway good to know that the author made you feel different emotions. Nice review.
Thank you so much. I liked the book and the story. I like the Greek gods came to know about their connections to Amazonian women in this
I think I have heard about Amazonian women in DC comics
Yes correct wonder woman and Elecktra
Yeah recently I had seen the film too couldn’t recollect
Really nice. I haven’t seen any movie since a long time
I a movie buff I watch all movies but recently I not having time for movies
Oh.. I don’t know why I stopped watching movies
Simple you are busy reading books
I have been reading books for many years since I was 4 years old
And I used to watch one movie per week
Haa I record was three films in a day watched all three films in a theater
Wow… Mine has been 2 back to back movies in the theatre
Past 3 or 4 years I stopped
3 to 4 years you missed lot of good movies, why so?
I had some problems, then life came in the way. Parents are old, so lot of responsibilities and slowly stopped
I understand. But find some time for good movie’s too if possible. Just a suggestion.
I see tamil movies. Waiting for endiran 2
Robo 2.yeah me too. You understand Tamil???
Vijay, I am a tamilian, iyer brahmin hehehe what you thought
Tamiliannnnn…… You said you are from Mumbai. I thought you were a North Indian.
Nahhh I can’t speak good Tamil, but ok ok types
That’s robot 2 with rajni sir
K so you are a tamilian settled in Mumbai.cool.
I am 3rd generation Tamilian born and brought up in Mumbai
Have you ever been to Chennai
Great review! Whether it be a trilogy or series, first books are hard. It seems like the author did a pretty good job at grasping the necessary elements to push you into reading more. I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
Thank you so much for your kind words and understanding. You are right. The author maintained a balance in the emotions too… So I didn’t feel too much of everything.
im always on the look out for books about mythology and this looks like it is well written and i’m judging that soley based on the author’s religious background/experience. this sounds good.
Hello. Yes it was a good book. I am waiting to see where the story goes. This was was a mythological thriller
I’ll have to check it out. I’m reading The Odyssey right now but would like something more contemporary for sure!! aww man so the second book hasn’t come out? i’m terrible at keeping up with sagas, I never even finished the Eragon series tsk tsk
Eragon was fabulous. I devoured it.. It was so exciting… I wonder why the author stopped writing after that. At least, I could not find any other books of his.
This book Amazon Legacy has just released. It is a complete book but with a continuing story. I think in the next book, the characters are same but they would have to fulfil their prophecy. That’s why I liked this book, not a major cliff hanger where the story feels incomplete.
You are right, I too generally wait for all the books in the series, then read it all up
i used to idolize him when i was little! he started that series when he was like 19!! maybe he has had a lot of success? that’s a good question i am going to google it. Cliff hangers are so cruel. i need to reread Eragon, maybe do a readathon!!
Have you ever read Clan of the Cavebear
No, I haven’t read it, by whom is it?
eek i don’t remember! my librarian recommended it to me when i was in highscool and i’ve been hearing of it ever since. oh! Jean M. Auel
Oh cool… Will find out
yes let me know if you post a review! maybe they’ll have it at the library
Will do… The book is on my wish list. Will buy it next month..
I want to read some of your high rated reviewed books. But yet get on to that.
The reviewer is clearly the agent for the wish to read and not the author.
And, for sure, I trust your words Shalini
Thank you Kurian for your kind words. It is really wonderful when I see your comments
You are always very welcome Shalini
Really good post ❤️😍
Thank you, that’s very kind of you to say that.
Most welcome 😍