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The Sekhmet Bed

(The She-King #1)

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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  3,073 ratings  ·  349 reviews
Queen Ahmose knows her duty: to give the Pharaoh a son. But she is young, and has just watched her closest friend die in childbirth. If the Pharaoh plants his seed in her she will die the same way, in a pool of blood, surrounded by wailing women. She has her husband’s love, but a king must have an heir…and even the Pharaoh’s patience will run out. Meanwhile, a lesser queen ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 343 pages
Published July 24th 2011
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Sarah (Presto agitato)
Sekhmet: “One who is powerful.”

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Sekhmet (Image: Wikipedia)

To the ancient Egyptians, Sekhmet was a warrior goddess with the head of a lion. As The Sekhmet Bed opens, Ahmose, the thirteen-year old younger daughter of the just-deceased Pharaoh, has little in common with a lioness. Her older sister has been groomed all her life to be a Great Royal Wife, while Ahmose prefers to focus on the spiritual. When their father dies without a male heir, Thutmose, one of his trusted generals, is named King.
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Lolly's Library
4.5 stars

I'll be honest. Normally I shy away from self-published and independently-published books for the mere fact that I have a very strident and strict editor in my head. When I read books, even mainstream, big house-published books, and find errors, that editor aches to pop out and start flaying the pages with a bold red pencil. Knowing that self-published works suffer even more as they lack the polish a professional editor can achieve, I just don't want to put myself through that kind of a
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Christine
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Pauline Gedge
Disclaimer: I picked this up as a freebie. It got bumped up my reading list because the author posted some intelligent comments on a friend’s review.

Historical fiction is iffy. Too often characters became saints or sinners and that is it. This book is the first in trilogy and recounts the birth of one of the more famous female pharaohs – Hatshepsut. The focus is on Ahomse, her husband Tut, and her sister/co-wife Nufert.
Here’s the thing, too often the rival is displayed as the evil witch and th
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Iset
I decided to rewrite my review for this book, since the previous one, whilst it had some good points, could have had greater clarity, and because my opinion of this book has shifted a little after re-reading it.

I’ve always had mixed feelings about The Sekhmet Bed. I really want to like it. Ancient Egypt is a time and place I am absolutely passionate about, and I am ever eager to get my hands on the rare examples of historical fiction set in that era. It hasn’t always paid off, either. As with al
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N.N. Light
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful novel and one I highly enjoyed!

My Rating: 5 stars
Kogiopsis
I'm always a little bit apprehensive about picking up a Kindle book (by which I mean a book published only through ebook distributors), though honestly I'm not sure why. I've read plenty of crap that came straight from New York, after all, and plenty of direct-to-ebooks that turned out great. It's probably just fear of bad grammar, to be honest. And... I think I'm more likely to pick up books outside of my comfort zone when they're free/cheap on Kindle, so there's that.

This book was at once tota
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The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Ancient Egypt? Check.
The beginnings of Hatshepsut's rise to power? Check.
Rivalry between siblings? Check. (but understandable).
In short, this was an awesome read and I can't understand why NY passed this over.
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

It was...okay. The seemingly endless teenaged sister catfighting over a man was too much - I have little patience for this trite storytelling device. I also felt that the pace was way too uneven - the catfighting went on far too long, dragging down the story, and other times, we would zoom through history, not taking a moment for these characters to have time to establish themselves and for the surroundings to flesh themselves out.

I believe this is the author’s first novel, and it
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Ron
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A masterpiece of historical fiction. Well-developed characters provide drama and propel the story forward, despite the uncertainties the author confesses in her historical note. This story successfully opens the larger tale of Hatshepsut while also making a cogent whole of the circumstances of her birth and preparation to become the She-King.

Ironside deserves extra credit for treating the religion of ancient Egypt seriously. Too many modern authors are tempted to wink and smirk at ancient belief
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Diane Dooley
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ahmose is a young Egyptian of royal blood. When her father, the Pharaoh, dies without an heir, she and her elder sister are both married off to General Thutmose, that he might rule Egypt via his connection to the royal line.

Ahmose is a more than deeply religious girl. She is chosen of the gods and has the ability to read prophetic dreams. Despite being the younger sister she is selected as the first queen, setting off a traumatic and bitter rivalry with her beloved sister, Mutnofret.

The sisters
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Zoe Saadia
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
'The Sekhmet Bed' is an interesting novel set in ancient Egypt, with two royal sisters competing for the throne, each in her own very peculiar way. The prize is very high and they are prepared to go to any lengths to achieve it.

This story develops slowly, but pleasantly. The two main female characters are very vivid and alive. The secondary characters are less so. I gave it less than four stars mainly because of this. I would love to see the male characters livelier, more complicated, more thre
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Toni Osborne
Book 1, in the She-King series

This historical fiction delves deep into the history of Ancient Egypt and provides a modern twist so as readers we can enjoy the entertainment the story is meant to provide.

The series is a family saga of the Thutmosides, one of ancient Egypt’s most fascinating royal families. This first novel is about Ahmose, a deeply religious girl, chosen of the gods who has the ability to read prophetic dreams. Married at a very young age to General Thutmose, Ahmose has to share
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Judie
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
First of all The Sekhmet Bed needs an editor. So loss of one star for being shoddy in that department. When I buy something, I don't expect flaws in the merchandise.

Now for the most important part, the story. The first part was very good. I liked the mother and grandmother, but not the sister. I found her character to be flat.

From the marriage onward, the novel becomes repetitive. It doesn't move forward quickly enough and the same things are harped at in different words.

All in all, a disappoin
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C.P. Lesley
Beautifully written study of the beginnings of Egypt's 18th Dynasty, told from the perspective of Pharaoh Thutmose I's young Great Royal Wife, Ahmose, 14 when the story opens. Ahmose has a special connection to the gods, who have destined her for the role of mother to Egypt's only female pharaoh. The history is well researched but engaging, never overwhelming, and the conflict between Ahmose and her older sister for Thutmose's attention is plausibly rendered. This is self-publishing at its best.
Julio Genao
Feb 10, 2014 marked it as to-read
oh, yes

yes, yes, yes.

soon, my sweet. very soon.
Nikki
I enjoyed the first third of this novel but unfortunately was left less than dazzled for the remainder. I rather enjoyed the author's notes in the back of the book, which is probably proof that I prefer Ancient Egypt more as non-fiction, and I agreed with her choices when it came to names and such. However, I think what ultimately resulted in my not liking the book was the author's choice of making Mutnofret the sister of Ahmose, in this case because she liked the tension it created. I, for one, ...more
Chelsea
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.

One of my first thoughts about this book was that it had insta-love. The protagonist, Ahmose, falls in love with the general Thutmose upon their first meeting and marries him shortly after. Fortunately, however, romance was not the focus of the book, and it was actually a much richer narrative than I expected from that not-so-lofty beginning.

Ahmose is the second, younger daughter of a pharaoh who left no heirs upon his death. Thutmose is
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Raja Subramanian
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have always been fascinated by the history of Ancient Egypt and the mystique surrounding it. I love historical fiction. When I came across The Sekhmet Bed by L.M. Ironside, I simply could not resist it. I bought the book some months ago on my Kindle, but got around to reading it just recently.

The Sekhmet Bed (The first book in a 4-book saga) is engaging from the first paragraph itself. Pharaoh Amunhotep passes away without naming a heir to the throne without having a son of royal lineage. Mutn
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Jen
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Sekhmet Bed is mostly serious, thoroughly researched novel based off of real historical figures with a fictionalized storyline that stays within the realm of reason. This is an important piece of information, because I went into this book thinking (hoping?) there would be some more magical god-related stuff in here, and no cigar.

But as the storyline progresses, this will hardly matter--The Sekhmet Bed is filled with drama, emotional tension, and suspense, and becomes a page turner of sorts,
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MerryMeerkat
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Star Rating: 4.5 Stars, Buy it
 
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I’m not sure if the characters in the book are based on real people from way back when or not. The story is a page turner and well done. The characters are believable and of course my favorite is Ahmose, who is the main character in the book. I found this to be a well done story with some anxiety provoking moments but nothing too intense that I couldn’t handle. I’ve already purchased the next one in the series to see
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Megan
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've read a few self-published books since getting my Nook and discovering an online world of indie books. This is the first one of which I just absolutely cannot understand why it did not get picked up by a publisher.
The writing grabbed me right away and transported me to ancient Egypt. I was engrossed in the story of Thutmose, Ahmose, and Mutnofret. I am very excited to read the rest of the books in this series and hope L.M. Ironside (edited to say the author is now writing as Libbie Hawker)
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Amalia Carosella
Mutnofret frustrated me so much at the beginning (and Ahmose's responses to her, too) that I'm surprising myself now by saying that I missed her plotting and passion when she finally got hers! Also <3 Tut so much, even if he did sometimes think with what was in his pants.

I'm curious to see what's next for little Hatet, Ahmose, and Tut.
Gina
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is Book 1 of the She-King series. It's the story of Ahmose, born the second daughter to the Pharoah. She is quite content with her life in this role and has no dreams of greater glory. All of that changes when the Pharoah dies without setting in place an heir to his throne. Much to her dismay, she is given as a gift to the new King, a commoner of all things. Ahmose finds herself as Great Royal Wife. However, Ahmose is no ordinary person. Ahmose is gifted. She can read dreams. Ahmose is now ...more
Lindsey Z
A fascinating look at ancient Egypt’s royalty and its inherent gender roles/expectations. I learned a lot about ancient Egyptians’ relationships to gods and how their royal system works. Hawker writes convincingly about a time and place far back in history and captures the sights, smells, and sounds of the royal palace and temple where most of the story takes place. She also creates tension really well between the two sisters who are both vying for the new pharoah’s affection. I appreciated how ...more
Ana
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really feel bad giving a low rating to a self published author, but this book really wasn't my cup of tea. It is well written, and the author is clearly talented, though it needs editing. It is clear that the history and culture were well researched, but I couldn't relate to the characters at all. Ahmose was very entitled, manipulative and seemed vile. I felt really bad for her poor older sister though, who is supposed to be somewhat of a villain. Some people might enjoy it, but I unfortunatel ...more
K. A. Parker
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Had a little trouble with the occasional typo, and near the end with the gender pronoun stuff, but... This is one of the better books I've read in a while. I'm biased because I love ancient Egypt, but I'm also biased because I like good writing, and this has both.
Kevis Hendrickson
It's been a very long time since a book actually moved me. Not just make me think, grin, chuckle, or even look over my shoulder. But actually move me. This one did. When I started reading The Sekhmet Bed, I had no idea what the story was about other than it takes place in ancient Egypt. So I waded through the opening chapters, intrigued by the cast of regal figures come to life from the dusty pages of history. As the drama unfolded, I found myself lingering on each page while I savored the hypno ...more
Sarah Stegall
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A lot of research went into "The Sekhmet Bed", and it shows; Ironside clearly knows her Thutmosids. "The Sekhmet Bed" is the first book in a trilogy that covers the life of Hatshepsut, and provides a fascinating glimpse of life in 18th Dynasty Egypt. Little details abound, such as the return of Thutmose I from war with his enemy tied to the prow of his ship. Ironside is so committed to technical accuracy that she even uses the ancient names for cities and towns; sites we would call Thebes and Ka ...more
D.L. Morrese
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Let me start out by saying that I am not well suited or remotely qualified to review this novel. I seldom read historical fiction; I have only a superficial knowledge of ancient Egypt, and stories of family strife and romance seldom engage my interest. Despite all of this, The Sekhmet Bed held my attention.
I downloaded this book mainly because Ms. Ironside is a prolific contributor to Goodreads discussions and I have found her comments consistently well informed and well considered. That, and sh
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Rebecca
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of well written historical fiction with engaging characters
The Sekhmet Bed

In any novel, first and foremost, I need to be invested in the characters. If I can't find that investment, I cannot care about what happens. Reading becomes a chore.

After reading "The Sekhmet Bed," I began to understand this in a better way, because "The Sekhmet Bed" succeeded where, for me, other highly praised books have not. I became emotionally invested in the characters. "The Sekhmet Bed" offers us the princess, Ahmose, and her pharaoh, Thutmose, (whom I adored). Then we get
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