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