The Crook and Flail

The Crook and Flail The son of the god must take her rightful place on Egypt s throne Hatshepsut longs for power but she is constrained by her commitment to maat the sacred order of righteousness the way things must be

  • Title: The Crook and Flail
  • Author: Libbie Hawker L.M. Ironside
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The son of the god must take her rightful place on Egypt s throne.Hatshepsut longs for power, but she is constrained by her commitment to maat the sacred order of righteousness, the way things must be Her mother claims Hatshepsut is destined for Egypt s throne not as the king s chief wife, but as the king herself, despite her female body But a woman on the throne defThe son of the god must take her rightful place on Egypt s throne.Hatshepsut longs for power, but she is constrained by her commitment to maat the sacred order of righteousness, the way things must be Her mother claims Hatshepsut is destined for Egypt s throne not as the king s chief wife, but as the king herself, despite her female body But a woman on the throne defies maat, and even Hatshepsut is not so bold as to risk the safety of the Two Lands for her own ends.As God s Wife of Amun, she believes she has found the perfect balance of power and maat, and has reconciled herself to contentment with her station But even that peace is threatened when the powerful men of Egypt plot to replace her They see her as nothing but a young woman, easily used for their own ends and discarded But she is the son of the god Amun, and neither her strength nor her will can be so easily discounted As the machinations of politics drive her into the hands of enemies and the arms of lovers, onto the battlefield and into the childbed, she comes face to face with maat itself and must decide at last whether to surrender her birthright to a man, or to take up the crook and flail of the Pharaoh, and claim for herself the throne of the king.L M Ironside s saga of the Thutmoside dynasty continues with The Crook and Flail, the anticipated sequel to The Sekhmet Bed.

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    1. The Crook and Flail is the sequel to L.M. Ironside's The Sekhmet Bed. When Thutmose, the Pharaoh, dies, most presume his heir will be his only surviving living son with his secondary wife Mutnofret. His Great Royal Wife Ahmose has different ideas, insisting that Thutmose designated their daughter Hatshepsut to be the next King. It is no surprise that this is controversial, and Hatshepsut finally agrees to give up her claim in the interest of peace. Her half-brother Thutmose II becomes King, whil [...]

    2. Where do I start with this review? I just want to start by fangirling because seriously, The Crook and Flail is amazing. I'm writing this review and having this great internal debate about whether it's better than Pauline Gedge's Child of Morning, and you know what? I think it might just be.If The Sekhmet Bed was the Origins of Hatshepsut story, The Crook and Flail is the Hatshepsut: Before She Was King story. Throwing light on a Hatshepsut rarely seen, it's absolutely fascinating to see how Hat [...]

    3. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series (The Sekhmet Bed) I was eagerly awaiting the release of The Crook and Flail. Happily, I wasn't disappointed.Let's not mince words here. This is a great book. I have rarely read a novel with such flawless characterisation. Having read Ironside's first book, this didn't come as a surprise to me (if you haven't read The Sekhmet Bed yet, you really should), but if anything the writing is even more accomplished here. You can tell that I [...]

    4. To be honest, I was not a great fan of book one largely due to baby drama, which is of absolutely no interest to me. I was also concerned because by the end of book one, Hatshepsut was a rather unlikable and annoying child to me, what type of young adult/adult would she prove to be?Thankfully The Crook and Flail has no baby drama and I am happy to report that Hatshepsut was a fully rounded human being with flaws and overall believable characterization. In fact, I rather liked Hatshepsut. (I also [...]

    5. 4.5 StarsI thoroughly enjoyed the second book in Ms. Ironside's She-King series, even more than the first book which was also really good. While reading, I was constantly wondering why the heck a bigger publishing company hasn't snapped this author up already! It really is that good. The character of Hatshepsut was so well-written and characterized. I loved how strong and confident she was, yet in many ways humble and flawed. She felt like a real person to me- complex and possessing many differe [...]

    6. Hurry up with the third novel in this series. Hatshepsut has just taken her rightful throne. Sad to say but half-brother Thothmose won't be missed--what a brat.

    7. You might see "spoilers" below - if you can call historical facts and theories spoilersContinuing from my last review of The Sekhmet Bed, I went straight into this book from the first and was continually drawn to these characters. I missed Ahmose in much of the book, but was glad that she made appearances at all the right times. I had read that Thutmose II lived into his twenties, so was a bit surprised that he would die so soon, and that his character never really developed as I would have like [...]

    8. This is the second book in this series and I often find that the second book ends up being not quite as interesting as the first and third because the author is developing the plot for what will happen at the end of the story. I did NOT find this to be true with this book. The book kept me reading the entire time. I loved this book. This gives a slightly different twist to the story of Hatshepsut than I had read in a previous book and I do like reading a different perspective. Also from what I'v [...]

    9. This is the second book in the She-King series. I like this one better than the first. The writing is stronger and it draws you in better. I won't go into details cause I want you to read it for yourself. If you love fiction set in Ancient Egyptyou have to read this book. Wonderful settings, good characterizations.

    10. I like this book even more than its predecessor, to which I gave five stars. Indie writing/publishing at its best. I won't say more than that, because I have since become a friend and colleague of the author. I will note only that if I dislike a friend's book, I say nothing. If I say that I like something, I mean it—whoever the author happens to be.

    11. In the continuation of Hatsheput's tale we are now faced with the trial of a woman trying to gain the throne of pharaoh. Hawker once again focuses on the strength of women dealing with the struggles of a male dominated society. The great Thutmose is long dead and as her brother comes of age, Hatshepsut must face her destiny, still a child herself. Ahmose fights for her daughter's throne but Hatshepsut, wanting to keep Egypt united, relents to becoming her brother's wife. Most of the novel focuse [...]

    12. This is the second book of the She-King Series, the continuation to The Sekhmet Bed. At the end of The Sekhmet Bed, the Pharaoh finally goes to the temple in secret with his daughter to claim her his heir. This secret is kept for over ten years. When the Pharaoh finally died, Ahmose the Great Royal Wife became Regent of Egypt and did everything she could to hold her daughter's place at the throne. At the time, many did not want to accept a woman as Pharaoh and it stirred some controversy between [...]

    13. It is a hard thing, not to admire Hatshepsut, both as a pharaoh, and as a woman. She was everything that a good ruler should be, and she did everything right, despite the significant gender bias of her time.And this book, this book is a perfect example of what Hatshepsut has always been to me: a powerful, wise, kind woman who ruled for the betterment of her people. A role model, even today.Forget Cleopatra. I want more about Hatshepsut.

    14. Mediocre writing and soft porn I tried to read the entire book, but couldn't because the storyline has fits and starts, often stalling out. When it became apparent that the "male and female ka's" of Hatshepsut were being revealed by her actual sexual encounters, I gave up.

    15. Don't you hate when you're reading a perfectly good book and then all of a sudden a lesbian dies for no reason? Me too. Was definitely looking forward to some actual power-lesbian queen action but alas I forgot lesbianism is but a disposable plot device in every era. The crushing disappointment of yet another dead lesbian in the canon aside, this book is stupid good. Hatshepsut is everything I could ask for in a leading lady, the prose is at turns hilarious and heartwrenching, the research is ex [...]

    16. This is the second book in a series of 4 books. Hatshepsut, the daughter of Ahmose, the widow of the late pharaoh Thutmose, is considered the God Chosen one. She is convinced that Hatshepsut is destined to be a pharaoh in spite of her being a female. Hatshepsut, too, appears to be just physically feminine while aspiring to do all a man can do - especially in statecraft and leading a country. Imagine that female even harboring thoughts of becoming a pharaoh as early as 1486 BC! Of course, history [...]

    17. it was really good, and i enjoyed it. v much enjoying the series. (i was really not in a "reading mood" this month ) but that was just a "me" thing - not a book thing.

    18. 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 th [...]

    19. This book reminds me of how little historians know in egyptian history. The main character, Hatshepsut, is a powerful female who identifies as a male, who has been prohosised to stand as Pharaoh, instead of the traditional role as Great Wife. She strives to be recognised as male, refusing female styles in dress, hair and attitude to push the idea. This is pushed constantly while growing up under her mother the regent - who breaks tradition and risks so much for her daughter to be recognised as t [...]

    20. This is the second novel by L.M Ironside about the women of Ancient Egypt. Our central focus is Hatshepsut, destined to one day be one of the greatest pharaohs in Egyptian history. We do get to see glimpses of that greatness in this book which mostly focuses on the reign of Thutmose II. Not only does Ironside fuel the old rumor that Hatshepsut's vizier Senemut was her lover( I also agree!), but she also suggests that Hatshepsut might have been bisexual. All the love scenes were tender and never [...]

    21. The second book in the series even better than the first one, how can that be? All I know is that I raced through it, putting other very good books aside.Is it the Thutmosides that are so riveting or is it the author's vivid style of writing about them? Whatever it is I will grad the next one as soon as I am finished this review.Hatshesput was awesome but no more awesome than her mother, Ahmose. Their life style choices, although contextual with the era were so modern, or is that the author's pr [...]

    22. Crossposted at The Fish Place.Excellent second volume in a series about Hatshepsut. In this one, the famous pharaoh must outwit nobles and her own brother. Well in some ways, the plot is very easy to foresee, many times the writing overcomes this, and there are several powerful passages. It is more a book of court intrigue and power plays than action and war. The characters are largely flawed, and no one really is simply the bad guy. The idea of Hatshepsut with male kas comes into play quite wel [...]

    23. Hatshepsut, destined to become Pharoah of Egypt, even though she is a "woman", is a character one cannot forget. The story is intriguing right to the very end. This is a young woman who takes risks that endanger her life and her relationships with her family and yet she is dedicated to what she believes to be the will of her God. I read the book on my e-reader and the only thing I missed while reading the book was that there was a glossary at the end. I searched for terms while I was reading an [...]

    24. One of the better books I've read about Hatshepsut. Although a little slow to start, some of the tropes are predictable, and the writing occasionally unpolished, it's nonetheless a compelling novel, with genuine fear and excitement in the points of action. The main complaint that I would make is with the depiction of FGM; suffice it to say I think the depiction of Hatshepsut as a sexually liberated character is pretty incompatible with this episode. But otherwise Hat's characterisation is compel [...]

    25. It took me a bit of time to get into the first book in this series. By the end though it had fully grabbed my attention. As soon as I finished I went to buy this second book. This one had my attention from the start. As I mentioned before, I love historic fiction and anything about Egypt. This story about the female daughter who should be King was really interesting. I definitely recommend it if this is a genre that you enjoy. The third book is supposed to be out this summer and I can't wait. I [...]

    26. I really enjoyed this book. Hatshepsut was portrayed as a real person, not just an historical figure. Her struggle with her gender identity rings true today without making it seem ahistorical. My favorite character was Iset. Usually I skim over poetry that is inserted in novels, but the song that Iset sang about leaving her sisters pulled me in. (view spoiler)[ And I wanted to cry along with Hatshepsut when Iset died. (hide spoiler)]

    27. The first half was weak for me. I didn't care at Hatshepsut at all until long after Iset came into the picture, but man oh man am I in love with bisexual polyromantic Hatet. All about it."My job is to find some kind of credible balance between truth – or what we may reasonably call “truth” as it applies to events 3500 years gone – and creative, entertaining lies."For pure indie, these are fucking incredible books - hell, I've read Big Publisher novels I wouldn't burn to keep warm.

    28. I waited much too long to read this. I loved the Sekhmet Bed and this, the second book, did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Hatshepsut struggle to find her role and then finally come into her own. I won't wait so long to read the next book, Sovereign of Stars. Cross-posted on Gemna's Book Gems.

    29. As in the first novel of the series, there isn't much character development, and the story is straightforward. I still liked it. The information about day to day life in the royal household is fun, as are the scenes involving dressing and grooming (remind me never to time travel there, all that hair plucking, ouch!). Yeah, I'll read book three, why not?

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