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The Sword is Forged

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Historical fantasy of Theseus and the Amazons.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published 1984 by Pocket (first published June 1st 1983)
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Fraser Sherman
Jul 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
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A prequel to the legend of Theseus and the minotaur telling how Theseus kidnaps and marries an Amazon, Antiope, only to have tragedy result (it was meant to be Part One of a trilogy, but none of the other books came out). Walton does Welsh mythology so well it's hard to believe how much I hated this one. Part of the problem is that she gets very info-dumpy to explain the ancient Greek and Amazonian culture. A bigger part is the sexism: even Walton's most patriarchal Welsh heroes are still ...more
Thomas Ray
A story of the battle of the sexes, set in ancient Greece and Anatolia, shortly after society and religion changed from matrilineal clans to warlord-dominated civilization.

Set during the reign of Egyptian pharoh Akhnaton (Amenhotep IV), circa 1352-1335 BCE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akhnaton and Hittite king Subbiluliuma http://books.google.com/books?id=OqUA...

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Pam Baddeley
Aug 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Can't recommend as it is very downbeat. If you know Greek mythology you know it won't end well, but there is even greater emphasis on how men are downtreading women than in her Mabinogion books, and in this one the women are buying into it, even the Amazons [spoiler]self destructing by the end[/spoiler]. It is the first in her Theseus trilogy. The others were never published and I wouldn't read them if they were!
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Evangeline Walton was the pen name of Evangeline Wilna Ensley, an American author of fantasy fiction. She remains popular in North America and Europe because of her “ability to humanize historical and mythological subjects with eloquence, humor and compassion”.