Last of the Amazons
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Last of the Amazons

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,477 ratings  ·  95 reviews
The author of the international bestsellers Gates of Fire and Tides of War delivers his most gripping and imaginative novel of the ancient world–a stunning epic of love and war that breathes life into the grand myth of the ferocious female warrior culture of the Amazons.

Steven Pressfield has gained a passionate worldwide following for his magnificent novels of ancient Gree...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 25th 2002 by Doubleday (first published 2002)
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Bryn Hammond
Stars? Have the Milky Way.

This is about the city and the steppe. It’s a subject I read non-fiction on, avidly, and fiction when I can. So I was engaged; I was joining in the argument; I wanted to stand up and say ‘you left this out’ when we have a great debate (for eight pages) between Theseus of Athens and the Amazon queen on the worth of civilization and of savagery - or the wild life, the free life, as self-defined by the savages. A few of the Greeks who travel with Theseus fall half in love...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
I beg the would be reader to notice that the majority of people who have given this book a one star rating did not finish it. My husband also took this book up and became so instantly frustrated with it that he didn't even make the hundred page mark. The reason is the writing style of this work (sorry Steven you know I love you but this is true) was absolutely atrocious. It was VERY choppy, especially at the start. He changes perspectives faster than the reader can get into the characters. Howev...more
This was a monumental effort on the part of Steven Pressfield, his editor and finally the reader. There is so much to say about this book, but most of it has already been so eloquently put by other reviewers. I do suggest you read them if you are interested in the Amazons, and then you may choose to pick up this book.

I'm glad I read it, I don't know if I could do it again. There were subtle difficulties in reading it. Sometimes I would get so caught up in one of the side stories that I would for...more
Another great book by Steven Pressfield. My one complaint was that at times it was a little confusing because of the multiple POV's. This was easily overshadowed by the brilliant, visceral battle sequences with a nice surprise at the end.
Arun Divakar
The core of this novel is about change and how it came about. Change in this book's context refers to the make over of civilization from a life lived in the openness of the plains to a life lived within walled cities. During the timeline of this book, there is conflict between the free living Amazons and the nation state of Athens taking its baby steps in the direction of democracy.

The plot line in this book is one ripe for any author to sink their teeth into. Historical certainty is not one cl...more
Oct 10, 2007 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction, military history, ancient history
As Steven Pressfield points out, there are few ancient references to the mythical Amazons, the mythical warrior women of the ancient world. Since Schliemann's discovery of Troy, however, many scholars have come to believe that real history lies behind myth.

Presented through the eyes of several invented characters, Pressfield brings to life Theseus, the nearly mythical father of Athens, and his love affair with Antiope, war queen of the Amazons.

Pressfield's guesses as to what the Amazon culture m...more
Marvelous, shaking story of brave women that defied all the rules of the ancient world. Spartans in a female form, training there entire life and dedicating it to friendship and love, tied with each other for life. Strong enough to match any man, living in a different world with only one rule: to live freely. An epic novel that portraits every days life, battles and relationships of the mysterious people - Amazon women.
Rhonda Waller
I can hardly put it down. Striking imagery; marvelous words; compelling, believable story. No, it isn't an easy read. It's a deliberate read. The writer went to great lengths to paint pictures of these warriors and the world they were in. I loved the way you had opportunity to "see" the story from so may points of view, from the Greeks to the Amazons.
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Snezana Ilic Gligorijevic
Presfild ostaje dosledan sebi u spajanju mitologije i istorije.
Bitke su toliko dobro i detaljno opisane, da sam imala utisak da stojim na nekom Atinskom brdascetu i celu tu strku posmatram uzivo.
Feb 24, 2011 Isis rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Pressfield
Recommended to Isis by: No one
Having heard good reports previously of Steven Pressfield's writing, I have to say that my overwhelming feeling here was disappointment. So many different aspects were poorly judged and spoiled the book for me to enjoy it terribly much. Firstly, the form of narration was far too convoluted and knotty. The book reads as a story within a story within a story - Bones as a grandmother telling the story of her adventures as a child, and during her adventures her uncle Damon recounts his own adventure...more
Judging by some of the reviews here on Goodreads, this seems to be a love it or hate it type of book. I'm in the former camp - I found LAST OF THE AMAZONS to be a fabulous read. When I read Pressfield for the first time (GATES OF FIRE, of course), I doubted that I'd ever encounter a better retelling of a great piece of military history. I still stand by that - LAST OF THE AMAZONS isn't better than GATES, but it IS the novel's equal.

Previously to reading this, I knew nothing about Amazons or thei...more
M.G. Mason
Last of the Amazons is another military history novel from the prolific Steven Pressfield, author of the superb Gates of Fire. It has a similar format in that it is in first-person and told from the position of a minor observer. It tells the story of Amazon Queen Antiope who runs away to Athens with legendary King Theseus after the pair fall in love. Outraged at this, the Amazon warriors raise a vast army with which they intend to destroy Athens. A battle that legend tells us they did not win.

Imagine being raised by a warrior woman who teaches and instills in you her values of life. This is the case with two young Athenians in Steven Pressfield�s latest novel Last of the Amazons. Mother Bones, the narrator and her sister Europa's nanny was Selene an Amazon woman who had exchanged her freedom for that of her lover, Eleuthera during the Amazons� siege of Athens and subsequent defeat. Selene taught the sisters the lessons she felt were necessary. They were cuffed soundly for misbehavior...more
Mark Stuart
Last of the Amazons is an action packed and entertaining novel. The first piece of Steven Pressfield's fiction that I have read. I really enjoyed it.

Steven is an terrific story teller, weaving plot and back story in a very polished way. I particularly enjoyed the changes in narrator from Mother Bones, to her Father, to Selene and to her lover Damon, and furthermore the changes between past and present were handled equally masterfully. It was all well-timed, dramatic and pretty darn riveting (if...more
Intriguing story of an oft ignored part of ancient Greek history/mythology. It does unfortunately have a kind of Pulp Fiction style of jumping from one character's perspective to another for chunks of the narrative, at times displacing certain chunks of story from the chronological flow.

While that isn't entirely a flaw, it is by no means a benefit to this story as it happens with such frequency that it is easy to find your attention span drifting away from the words you're reading.

It's a distrac...more
Zeke Chase
Rating 3.5 / 10

Abandoned. This book suffers from precisely two problems:
1) Pressfield employs a rotating narrator. Mother Bones’ narration is interspersed with “testaments” by her father, uncle, and Selene. This essentially serves the purpose to fill in the story for which Mother Bones isn’t present. Pressfield can’t have his cake and eat it too – if he wishes the story to follow several characters, use third person; if he wants the intimacy of first person, have the story follow the narrator....more
I really liked this one. It's one of the better Steven Pressfield books thatI've read. There is an "author's note." which is a feature I like in historical fiction. The author explains the historical basis for the story and more or less establishes the historical baseline from which he extrapolates the story. One of the characters, Theseus, was apparently king of Athens roughly 800 years prior to the more historically established times of Socrates, Pericles, and the Peloponesian Wars. Theseus ha...more
An offensive retelling of the Amazonomachy sure to please the most militant, man-hating lesbian and retro-feminist while mis-educating others to the extant mythos. Adulation of an invented Amazon persona ad nauseum ; even the Illiad does not skew narration with such bias... Sure it's all for fun but when Theseus is bowing in supplication to a historically foot-noted Molpadia, the curious retelling of Herakles vs Hipplolyta ... you scratch your head and wonder 'what?'
Richard Kravitz
A pretty impressive book, although the section on the battle for Athens did drag on a bit. I'll have to admit I listened simultaneously to the book on tape and the readers (4 ofthem) did a great job. In fact I listened to it twice. Pressfield is easily one the best authors around when it comes to historical fiction and the Classical Greek Era. I learned a ton.
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Ακόμα ένα βιβλίο του Steven Pressfield που μου άρεσε πολύ. Δεν έχει την δύναμη των 'Πυλών της Φωτιάς", αλλά μάλλον αυτό συμβαίνει γιατί εκείνο είναι ένα πραγματικό ιστορικό γεγονός ενώ οι Αμαζόνες είναι κάτι που δεν γνωρίζουμε πολύ.
Χαίρομαι όταν διαβάζω ξένους συγγραφείς, τόσο παθιασμένους και ενημερωμένους με την Ελληνική ιστορία και Μυθολογία-Ιστορία. Θλίβομαι επειδή οι δικοί μας καθηγητές και αρωγοί δεν έχουν αυτό το πάθος που βλέπω σε πολλούς ξένους.
Στο βιβλίο τώρα, ο συγγραφέας με την απαρ...more
This was a very interesting a graphic novel. I didn't know much about the subject at all before I read it. I liked Pressfields book "Gates of Fire" and this one also lived up to my expectations!

Very brutal and unique story of an extinct warrior tribe. The story is told from different perspectives of the characters. It is pretty much on the same timeline but they do jump around a little so it can be a little hard to "catch up." I liked how it even incorporated some romance ( rugged version of it...more
finally i found another book by steven pressfield, the author of gates of fire! gates of fire was absolutely genius. now the last of the amazons is not far behind. the story is capturing, even if at times i thought that the descriptions of the battles went too much into detail when it comes to explaining the area and the different attacks. i love to read about the strategics, but i think it is more important to tie the events to people more than to the environment. anyway the feelings in the boo...more
The writing isn't the easiest to muddle through, and it takes a while to get really interesting. Having said that, it's pretty decent, just not as good as Gates of Fire or The Afghan Campaign. If you're interested in historical fiction or warfare in that period of time (or Rome: Total War is one of your favorite videogames), and you've already read the other two aforementioned books, then you might as well read this one at some point.
Pressfield's books are always pretty decent reading, even if they're not necessarily the most literary of works. This one takes as its central conceit the idea that Theseus was an actual person--and he probably was--and the Amazons an actual nation, and examines what might have happened to lead to the myths that eventually came down to us. Pretty neat idea, and a neat enough book, although I could do without the characters actually explaining, in words, many of their motivations--and knowing way...more
It started so well, and I was enjoying it, and then.....I've realised I'm not good at reading the epic boasts of people and their multi page, single paragraph tellings of how great they are and how many people they killed in the most blood thirsty ways. (I suspect this is why I have also not read The Iliad recently).[return][return]Lots of detail in plenty of different "voices" telling different versions of events. I just lost interest about 2/3rds of the way through and couldnt face going to th...more
The story-telling ability of Mr. Pressfield has triumphed once again. It was a bit slow at the start with pockets of intensity throughout. The most frustrating aspect of the book was the realization that you are separated by centuries from the extraordinary characters portrayed within the pages of this book.

To address the comments about the difficulty some have had with this book: if you can endure the first half, you will be rewarded b the second. Don't forget that he has to introduce you to a...more
Jeri Hawkins
Before I started reading I did not think I would like this book. Thankfully, I was wrong. Pressfield writes characters you never forget.
Pressfield has taken an interesting topic such as the Amazons and shoveled enough crap over the plot with his confabulatory prose to make even the most fascinating and mysterious historical figures as mind numbing as listening to eight grade literature students stumble through Homer's Iliad. Please do yourself a favor and skip it.
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