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The Crook and Flail (The She-King, #2) ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ The Crook and Flail (The She-King, #2) ⚣ Author L.M. Ironside – Librarian Note New cover2nd edition for ASIN# B00BSDZMT2 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 Librarian Note New covernd edition for ASIN BBSDZMT The son of the god must take her rightful place on Egypt's throne Hatshepsut longs The Crook PDF/EPUB ² 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 seuel to The Sekhmet Bed.

10 thoughts on “The Crook and Flail (The She-King, #2)

  1. Sarah (Presto agitato) Sarah (Presto agitato) says:

    The Crook and Flail is the seuel to LM 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 while Hatshepsut takes her place as his Great Royal Wife History tells us that Hatshepsut became the Pharaoh not just his wife As shown here Hatshepsut and Thutmose have a sibling rivalry that makes their mothers' competition seem innocent in comparison Their antagonism does not exactly create a tranuil marriage Hatshepsut faces political religious and personal challenges in her transformation from wife to supreme ruler of Egypt Ironside's well researched novel offers a plausible depiction of Hatshepsut's transformation from wife to supreme ruler of EgyptThe story meandered at times less focused than The Sekhmet Bed and view spoilerthe dramatic events at the end seemed a bit rushed hide spoiler

  2. Crystal Starr Light Crystal Starr Light says:

    Bullet ReviewI feel like I ran a freakin' marathon geez this book took FOREVER to finish and it's only 277 pagesThere is so much I could deep dive into this but I'll leave most of that for the full review If you want the short of it the book compromises the story by bringing up plot points just to drop them a page or two later or to have a character zip by to say heshe wrapped that up Every time we have a hint of the much needed drama it's wrapped up almost immediately afterwards The priest is against her? The priestesses support her oh and she can just bully him into supporting her She has an affair with a concubine? Oh the concubine becomes her fanbearer and no one mentions it to her husband She gets pregnant with another man's child? Conveniently she can frisk away to her husband and if you think she'll sex him up she's able to avoid doing that AND doesn't make anyone else suspicious to boot There's a threat of being poisoned? No worry the threat will disappear within a page when a random guard mentions he sussed out the criminalsFor this reason the book feels like it's written for a much younger audience And it's a shame because I feel like this time Hawker has put in uite a bit of research and some better writing than with The Sekhmet Bed Only while I didn't love The Sekhmet Bed I felt much closer to any of the characters there than I do to anyone in this entryFor that reason I am going to end my journey with Hawker's Hatshepsut here I appreciate her perspective but I don't like to force myself to read books I'm not enjoying I would be open to Hawker's other books especially recent onesFull ReviewHatshepsut is 13 years old the only living child of Pharaoh Thutmose and his consort the regent and God's Wife Ahmose Although she is young it is time for her to assume her thronebut the rest of Egypt is resistant to a female child becoming Pharaoh despite what Ahmose insists about Hatshepsut having 9 kas 8 male and 1 female So to keep ma'at Hatshepsut agrees to marry Thutmose II the son of Thutmose and his concubine Mutnofret her half brother But Hatshepsut is unhappy and there's trouble a brewin' in WasetI know it's been awhile between the time I actually finished this and my writing this full review On one hand my bullet review did an effective job of detailing what I felt went wrong with this book On the other I did promise to write a full review of my thoughts and feelings and I try to keep my promisesA thing I've been harping on lately is what makes a story be it in movie TV show comic or book effective To uote from my recent review for Company of LiarsLately I keep talking about what makes successful stories Hint it's not a particular character or storyline or setting It's much much simpler than that it's an author who brings to life a character with hopes dreams strengths and weaknesses and sets him or her loose in a well realized world Such simple words but really when you break down some of the most successful engaging stories at least I've come across the reasons they are so good can be boiled in that one sentence And stories that fail do so because they break that rule the characters are half realized the setting is weak the plot dictates the story to the extent that characters have to break their own morality and rules in order to make the plot workThe Crook and Flail is an example of what could have been a good story that is marred by wafer thin characters overly simplistic storylines and a lack of atmosphereOn one hand The Crook and Flail improves on the setting and writing spending several passages in the early portions of the novel creating the palace and setting the mood However the rest of the novel feels like a merry go round on steroids flying round and round with little attention to anything outside the scant few characters who are absolutely necessary for the next plot elementThe whole thing feels incredibly manufactured Characters don't behave in ways that feel genuine to their personality; on the whole no one has personality because there's not enough time to gain personality beyond the couple of words and phrases Who is Hatshepsut? Who is Senenmut? Who is Iset and Thutmose and Ankkhor and Ahmose? I don't really know Hatshepsut is brash Senenmut is nuts for Hatshepsut even when he is 24 and she is 13 here we go again with the romanticizing the grooming of an underage woman Thutmose II is spoiled Iset likes to sing Ankkhor is a bad manbut that's merely an adjective that's not a descriptor of a person What does Hatshepsut want in life? Well beyond the lovers she takes or the general desire for ma'at What does Senenmut? I don't feel connected to any of those names; the characters could have been called Jane Michael Mary and Stanley for all the connection they hadSo instead of an author creating these vivid characters and setting them loose in this beautiful world the story ends up being things just happen in the book and the various ways the author plugs the holes The Head Priest doesn't like Hatshepsut? Oh don't worry the priestesses like her so she's safe Ankkhor is planning something nasty? Oh don't worry Hatshpesut and her guard can storm his home and keep him in line for a few years Hatshepsut is pregnant with someone else's baby? Oh don't worry Hatshepsut can skip to Thutmose II and convince him and his harem a fact that STILL confounds me that she slept with him even though she didn'tThis sort of thing happens every time there's a plot thread dropped as soon as we learn about it it's neatly tied up Hatshepsut likes Iset no biggie Iset will become Hatshepsut's fanbearer and no one will be the wiser that the two are doing the dirty on the side What? Where are the stakes? If a plot thread will be wrapped up in green paper and cinched with a gold bow within a page of it appearing why would a reader care what happens? We know Hatshepsut's position is safe because the priestesses told us Hatshepsut freaking out seems pointless and over the top There's no drama in Hatshepsut taking a lover because apparently fanbearers regularly pleasure their mistresses and no one caresThis is what made this book a disappointment to read and a chore It didn't matter what new event happened next; the names because calling these people characters is a stretch would find whatever Plot Hole Tape they needed to patch the problem and we are off to the next problem lickety split There's not enough time to build excitement or tension or intrigue; we have plots to drop inWhich is another key point the length This book is about 277 pages which feels both too long and too short Given what the author tried to cover this could have easily been doubled And yet when I was reading it I was constantly thinking Are we there yet?Oddly enough although this is the seuel I think this book is not as good as The Sekhmet Bed for the key fact that we got to know Ahmose pretty thoroughly and understood her feelings I felt connection to Ahmose and her story than I ever did to Hatshepsut and her story I was intrigued to know what would happen next to Ahmose; I never felt that way to HatshepsutFor that reason I am going to part ways with this particular series even though there is a third and fourth book detailing Hatshepsut's life I sincerely hate to do this to an indie author; I have absolutely no ill will to Libby Hawker at all and hope she is successful and continues to write books people who keep buying Laurell K Hamilton STOP IT AND GIVE THIS WOMAN YOUR MONEY PLEASE Perhaps people will read my review and go Crystal you are a mean harpy; stfu and just enjoy something Fine; that's why I will leave this series alone I tried two of the four books and didn't care for them; I'll find something else to enjoy as life is too short to waste it on books you are not enjoying I would be interested in checking out Hawker's later books to see if some of the problems I had were remedied or not; my one regret is that I didn't like this than I did as I sincerely wanted to

  3. Lisa Lisa says:

    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 beIf 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 Hatshepsut grows and becomes the woman so famous in Egyptian history I like getting to see Hatshepsut's doubts and insecurities I like that Hatshepsut isn't perfectly formed – even if she is the son of Amun and her personality a little alien she is still recognisably a human being complete with doubtsL M Ironside's Egypt continues to come alive on the page It's hard to bring to life an ancient world so vividly yet Ironside's writing skill is such that you can close your eyes and you're there feeling the heat and atmosphere Ironside also knows how to tell a bloody good story – I won't lie that it's taken me 7 days to read it but it shouldn't have as each time I'd go to read a chapter I'd get sucked in until I just had to sit down and finish it I do have to touch on the history The Crook and Flail does follow certain popular but not necessarily historically accurate tropetheories on Hatshepsut On one hand I did find it a little annoying view spoilercould I please have one novel where Hatshepsut and Senenmut aren't lovers? hide spoiler

  4. Richard Coady Richard Coady says:

    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 disappointedLet'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 accomplished here You can tell that Ironside's skills are coming into their own The scene between Hatshepsut and Thutmose in the tent before the Kushite battle is one that particularly stands out in the memory as something written by a novelist of genuine talent but it is far from aloneIt's almost irrelevant that this book is set in ancient Egypt Yes it will undoubtedly be a treat for fans of the period but behind the fascination of the political intrigue and plots and the manoeuvring for power this is a book about people and the relationships between them Because the characters are so beautifully drawn you don't need to be particularly a fan of Egyptian fiction to enjoy this book just a fan of fiction

  5. Nikki Nikki says:

    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 adultadult 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 enjoyed the characters of Neheshi her guard and Senenmut I thought it was uite interesting that Ironside made Hatshepsut view spoilerbisexual hide spoiler

  6. Iset Iset says:

    Well there’s good news and there’s bad news The good news is that in this second book in the series there’s no cat fighting and no baby drama Hurrah And even better instead of female on female hate which is a trope I am thoroughly sick of in historical fiction Hatshepsut actually gets on with and makes considerable effort to befriend the other women in the harem which is a much realistic view Hatshepsut as a protagonist is much active and has much less tolerance for bullshit than did Ahmose in the first book increasing her likability Considering that these elements really dragged down the first book in my opinion making a change here has really eliminated several though not all key complaints I previously had The bad news? I didn’t like anything elseLet’s talk about the Senenmut romance first Yes it is such a cliché in Hatshepsut fiction and yes just once I’d like to see anything else Someone write a Hatshepsut novel where she’s in a romance with vizier Useramun instead he too like Senenmut was given unprecedented privileges usually only available to royals but no one posits him as Hatshepsut’s lover Or where she takes no lovers But apart from the fact that it is overused I can understand its dramatic potential What did I dislike about it then? The whole lovers since first blush thing Urgh I’ve read way too many novels where a historical couple is taken and then made to meet as teenagers and it’s love at first sight forever and ever and then they go their separate ways and when the novel reunites them it’s all you all along meant to be etc Bleh Too saccharine I hate it It’s so awkward and contrived Why can’t authors just let second third fourth romances stand on their own merits instead of bowing down to worship at the feet of First Love? If this is supposed to make readers root for the couple by establishing the pairing early on then it backfires because it’s just so weird and forced First loves almost never work out and teenage feelings are almost never lifelong I can’t buy into itAs to the rest I found myself skipping along the surface of this one never getting fully invested Why? I could point to several things Sometimes there were considerable leaps ahead in time to which I found myself thinking “but I haven’t really even got into the current time frame yet and now we’re skipping ahead?” Many events felt absolutely cursory like view spoilerHatshepsut hopping on a boat arriving in Nubia seducing her husband oh and by the way riding a chariot to warn an army after kicking him out of it and then literally standing on a defeated enemy and then it’s off back home hide spoiler

  7. Heather Heather says:

    45 StarsI thoroughly enjoyed the second book in Ms Ironside's She King series even 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 different traits and personalities She was a political strategist and yet a passionate lover She was a caring mother and yet a powerful ruler capable of terrible violence She made mistakes and yet I understood and empathized with every one of her decisions I also loved that it was consistently emphasized that she was not beautiful but that did not necessarily make her undesirable Additionally though the Senenmut Hatshepsut love story appears to be the primary story I LOVED the Iset Hatshepsut love story even I also loved that the author didn't turn it into a love triangle as is so popular these days but showed that Hatshepsut was capable of being truly in love with both people and that they both enriched her life The author steered away from the easy storyline and I love thatI CANNOT WAIT for the next book in which Hatshepsut actually assumes the throne Her path getting to the throne was already so good I am very excited to see how she acts as a true Pharaoh Half a star was taken off for some minor editing errors and a few parts where my attention waned a bit But in all honesty I am being pretty picky with my ratings recently Readthisbook

  8. The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears says:

    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

  9. Jennifer Roach Jennifer Roach says:

    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 liked But Hatshepsut was someone I could root for winefire and all That she made mistakes made her someone to relate to and her self doubt made her believable as well I am just beginning book #3 and I look forward to seeing what happens to these historical figures in the world Ironside recreates Glad to read she plans to continue writing about Ancient Egypt even after this one is complete

  10. Amy Carr Amy Carr says:

    This is the second book in this series and I often find that the second book ends up being not uite 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've read this may be accurate I highly recommend this series

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