Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Sekhmet Bed- The She-King Book One - L.M.Ironside ~ Thrilling!

From the Publisher

Is Ahmose's divine gift a blessing or a curse? 

 The second daughter of the Pharaoh, Ahmose has always dreamed of a quiet life as a priestess, serving Egypt's gods, ministering to the people of the Two Lands. But when the Pharaoh dies without an heir, she is given instead as Great Royal Wife to the new king – a soldier of common birth. For Ahmose is god-chosen, gifted with the ability to read dreams, and it is her connection to the gods which ensures the new Pharaoh his right to rule. 

 Ahmose's elder sister Mutnofret has been raised to expect the privileged station of Great Royal Wife; her rage at being displaced cannot be soothed. As Ahmose fights the currents of Egypt's politics and Mutnofret's vengeful anger, her youth and inexperience carry her beyond her depth and into the realm of sacrilege. 

 To right her wrongs and save Egypt from the gods' wrath, Ahmose must face her most visceral fear: bearing an heir. But the gods of Egypt are exacting, and even her sacrifice may not be enough to restore the Two Lands to safety. 

The Sekhmet Bed is the first volume of L. M. Ironside's series The She-King, a family saga of the Thutmosides, one of ancient Egypt's most fascinating royal families. Don't miss Book 2: The Crook and Flail.

 My Review

A wonderful book which I could barely put down for meals or to sleep. I immediately downloaded the sequel and am so very glad that there are two more in the series. Who really knew that ancient Egypt as a subject would be so enthralling, well apparently a whole lot of other readers.

Libbie Hawker and L.M.Ironside are the same person with different pen names, and apparently her historical prowess extends to other eras besides very ancient history. I am so thrilled and excited that I can access all of these books on Kindle Unlimited.

Let me tell you about Ahmose, second King's Daughter, mother of Hatshepsut, wife of King Thutmose the General-Pharoah. Is it exciting? Oh yes, and it is so accurate as to time and place. Actual place names, personal names and tribes are used, and the culture and atmosphere are the very finest.

The characters are so vibrant and memorable that I shall never forget them. Could I become an armchair Egyptologist, quite possibly ?!

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