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The Moon Riders Paperback – 6 Feb 2003
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An epic ;novel centred on the Amazon women (the Moon Riders) and the part they played in the battle for Troy.
This fantastic read follows the fate of the Amazon tribe as seen through the eyes of the young girl Myrina. Trojan princess Cassandra joins the Moon Riders and unexpected events draw them into the bloody siege of Troy. The legend of Troy and the mythical Amazon women are brought into startling focus, as Theresa Tomlinson paints the epic tale of triumph and tragedy with a human touch. 'At last they emerged from the rising dust. A great party of strong-armed young women, all on horseback, their eyes and body pictures gleaming in the torchlight.' When young Myrina becomes one of the warrior priestesses known as the Moon Riders, she is well prepared to perform their sacred dances, hunt and fight when necessary. But when the visionary Trojan princess, Cassandra, joins them, events take a tragic turn. Myrina becomes her confidante, and the Moon Riders are drawn into the drama of the siege of Troy. Mysterious tales surround the exotic but little-known Amazon women. Who were they? How did they really live? Based on careful research, Theresa Tomlinson paints a fresh, intriguing background to an ancient and gripping story, combining her own drama with existing myths.See all Product description
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If you enjoy stories based on history, you will love this book.
I remember reading this when I was 13/14 years old and being absolutely gripped. As a young girl, I probably couldn't have read anything better to make me believe in myself and in the power of women. This book is full of powerful woman leaders. Women who aren;t afraid of standing up to men and who can ride and fight alongside the strongest of male warriors. It's also packed jam with female friendships!
I gave this book 4.5 instead of 5 just because on rereading it, I wasn't quite as gripped as i was when I was younger. It was still a fantastic tale about one of my favourite periods of time to read about.
The main character Myrina the Snake Lady is a very powerful female lead. She manages to cope with a lot of pain, trauma and loss from a very young age. The story reads well and I was quickly caught up in the tale. It had a very bittersweet ending at the seige of Troy, but it was good to know that at least her and Cassandra were ok.
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