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  • File Size: 2492 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Running Rabbit Press; 2 edition (March 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BSDZMT2
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By docmcr on April 28, 2013
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This is the second of L.M. Ironside's novels about the women of Ancient Egypt. This one tells the story of the great Egyptian Pharaoh Hapshetsut, a powerful woman who seized the throne and held it for decades, leaving a remarkable legacy of peace and order, as well as a Renaissance of Egyptian Art and Architecture. On her death, the powers that hated having to endure female rule effaced her memory, by literally destroying all images and words referring to her. Ironside's previous novel The Sekhmet Bed told an imaginative history of how Hapshetsut came to be positioned for the crown, following the lives of her mother Ahmose and Aunt Mutofret. Though that novel is mostly fantasy, both books pay such meticulous attention to the details of daily life, and are so well rendered, that the reader feels as if she's had a total immersion experience. It's hard to believe Ironside couldn't find a publisher for these excellent books. Thank goodness we now have the internet to give us a direct line to good literature instead of having to content ourselves with the vapid trash that makes it through the publishing process these days.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Miss-Fit on October 9, 2013
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I'm going to be honest: When I judged this book by its cover (yeah yeah...), I thought it was going to be garbage. I figured it was going to be either over the top romance bordering on porn, like many disappointing historical novels I've read, or it was going to be some editor's nightmare full of errors like other independently published books I've attempted to read.
No, this is not bland ancient Egyptian erotica, and it is very well written and edited. I love historical fiction, and this book hit the spot. I was completely immersed in the story and wanted to continue living in the fantasy world created by the author, so logically bought the sequel.
This book changed my perception of independently published novels, and was a completely enjoyable read that I couldn't put down.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brooksy-Sam on March 22, 2013
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So, I've written and rewritten this review about nine times now, it's proven to be very difficult for me. I greatly enjoyed it, read it fast, and look forward to the next book. I love the insights and speculation into that time period and e how Ms.Ironside balance's the different aspects of Hatsheput.

This book is more or less a coming of age story. This whole book, shows her grow as Queen, but also gives testimony to her character and why she is the rightful Pharaoh, and why those who oppose her are wrong. Thutmose is clearly not worthy of pharaoh, and instead acts like a spoiled prince. (MINOR SPOILERS until the end of paragraph) Senenmut, I don't know, maybe because the lesbian-angle intrigued me more(it made sense if we're to think of her as a boy, plus could have added more drama), or maybe because I felt like it was the Ahmose forbidden love story line all over again, that I wasn't that interested in Senenmut; although given the historical evidence I can understand this choice. I don't know, maybe he just bore me.

While on the topic of characters, however, this is perhaps why I feel disappointed. Not that they were underdeveloped, they weren't, but that I remember being so passionately engrossed in the characters in the first book and they were constantly surprising. For example, I loathed Mutnofret, but then I'd feel so sorry for her and want her to be happy. I didn't have that kind of connection to these characters. The protagonists were all always protagonists, the antagonist were always antagonist. There was no "anti-hero" or "turnabout" character, everyone was what they seemed to be and what made me like Ms. Ironside's writing so much before is that her previous characters were so dynamic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Suzan Harden on February 22, 2014
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To me, Hatshepsut is one of the most fascinating women in history. She ruled Ancient Egypt at the height of its power. First alone, then as co-ruler with her step-son (possibly nephew) Thutmose III. There's growing evidence that shows she may have ruled the country in her brother/husband Thutmose II's name.

This volume is The She-King saga covers the reign of Thutmose II. Again, sibling rivalry is at the forefront of the story, but it pits Hatshepsut against those who would use Thutmose II for their own poilitcal agenda. Ironside not only brings in the old speculation that Hatshepsut's vizier Senemut was also her lover (I'm in that camp; for a man of Senemut's standing not to be married insinuates a lot), but suggests she is bisexual. The scenes between Hatshepsut and Iset are sweet and tender as the queen tries to protect the girl from the machinations of her own family.

Ironside's detailed research shows as well. The worship of Aten existed long before Ahkenaten's time, and the writer uses the political battle between one of Egypt's governors, a follower of Aten, and Hatshepsut, a follower of Amun, to foreshadow the purge during the Amarna Period.

All-in-all a terrific story that I highly recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenise on April 20, 2013
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"The Crook and Flail (The She-King)" is very well written and a captivating read. I am an avid reader of ancient Egyptian historical fictions, and I highly recommend L.M. Ironside's "The Skehmet Bed" and "The Crook and Flail" to any other reader who also enjoys it as such. Anyone who has ever enjoyed the writings of Michelle Moran, who's ancient Egyptian series includes the books "Nefertiti" and "The Heretic Queen" and "Cleopatras Daughter", would be delighted to pick up Ironsides books and have an equally fantastic read of a journey through the lives of the Royals of ancient Egypt.

5 stars, because this independent author definitely deserves it.
My only issue with the story, was a few errors, where "her" should have been "him" or others like that
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