Last of the Amazons

Last of the Amazons

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In or around 1250 BC, so Plutarch tells us, Theseus, king of Athens and slayer of the Minotaur, set sail on a journey that brought him to the land of 'tal Kyrte', the 'Free People', a nation of fiercely proud and passionate warrior women whom the Greeks called 'Amazons'. Bound to each other as lovers as well as fighters and owing allegiance to no man, the Amazons distrusted the Greeks with their boastful talk of cities and civilization. And when their illustrious war queen Antiope fell in love with Theseus and fled to Athens with the king and his followers, so denying her people, the Amazon tribes were outraged. Seeking revenge, they raised a vast army and marched on Athens. History tells us they could not win, but for a brief and glorious moment the Amazons held the Attic world in thrall before vanishing into the immortal realms of myth and legend. Resounding to the sound of brutal, bloody battles fought hand-to-hand and peopled with wonderfully realised flesh and blood characters, LAST OF THE AMAZONS is Steven Pressfield's most thrilling - and thrillingly imagined - novel yet. A dazzling and profoundly moving tale of love and war, honour and revenge, here the ancient world is brought to brilliant life as we are told the extraordinary, inspiring yet near-forgotten story of the last of the more

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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 108 x 170 x 40mm | 322.06g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0553813862
  • 9780553813869
  • 179,123

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"'Brutal, bloody and thoroughly gripping - Pressfield has an amazing grasp of the savage mind, and the precarious nature of civilization'" -- Diana Gabaldon "'Pressfield writes with a quality and style akin to classical legend...a powerful elegy to a world that wasn't to be...a profound dialogue between civilization and "savagery"...A joy to read'" -- John Whitbournshow more

About Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield is the author of the novels The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, Tides of War and Last of the Amazons. He lives in Los more

Review Text

The myth of the formidable female warrior race is given credible and exciting life in this literary blood-and-thunder novel set in the time of ancient Greece. The Amazons despise the Greeks and were outraged when their queen Antiope fell in love with Theseus, the King of Athens, abandoning her tribe to be Theseus's wife. This terrible treachery had to be avenged and the women gathered together in a mighty female army led by Eleuthera, Antiope's lover and successor, to extract revenge. The book is full of battle: scenes of close combat, decapitations, the merciless killing of infants and women and, of course, complete contempt for male soldiers - so much so that it seems the culture of the Amazons is saturated in blood. But despite the gore, the novel is a compelling read. It has a loose structure, written from the viewpoints of the various characters and held together by the main narrator, Bones. Bones and her sister Europa, both from a noble Greek family, had a captured Amazonian governess, Selene. She fills them with enthusiasm for the Amazon way of life, and when Selene leaves Europa sneaks away in the night to follow her. Pressfield creates a believable world of viragos and the society they come from; how they take lovers in threes, how the children are reared, their attitude to love and death and their love for their horses. Their collective life is more important than the life of the individual - an Amazon always speak of herself as 'she', never 'I'. The book is busy with action and the savagery of hand-to-hand combat, but although some of it makes for gruesome reading, the narrative urges the reader on. Written with passion and great imagination, the novel roars away like a charging, yelling army into battle and sweeps the reader into the spirited world of a myth given new life. (Kirkus UK)show more