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Rable journey from Egypt's Black Land across the deadly heat of the Red Land over the sea to the legendary kingdom of Punt There in the god's own valley she must confront the bleakness of fate the totality of loss and the terrifying frailty of eternity L M Ironside's celebrated saga of the Thutmosides continues of Stars The She King MOBI #224 with Book Three Sovereign of Stars.. Another fascinating tale Libby does it again Egyptian court intrigue and masterful descriptions so powerful you can almost seetastefeelhear the palace garden and scenery throughout the book

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Sovereign of Stars The She King #3

Hatshepsut has fulfilled her Stars The PDF #198 divine destiny and taken the Pharaoh's throne But she knows her Sovereign of PDFEPUB or position is precarious In all Egypt's long history never has a woman ruled as king and of Stars The eBook #9734 Hatshepsut must use all the cleverness and bravery at her disposal to keep the reins of of Stars The She King MOBI #224 power from t. Crossposted on BooklikesIn her afterword to this third volume of the She King Series Ironside apologizes for playing a little fast and loose with history She doesn t play as fast or as loose as Philipana Gregory and unlike Gregory that afterword discusses the changes and presents the reality In many ways the apology is unneeded Let s be far no historical fiction is going to be 100% completely accurate because in some cases that would be boring In many ways historical fiction is about the reader and writer finding common ground on changes The Other Boleyn Girl is a trashy novel that I kind of liked It wasn t the change in history that bugged me it was Gregory s afterword where she tried to argue that her historical changes were the actual truth That is a legitimate gripe So Ironside no need for the apology In fact I am willing to forgive Ironside so much for one simple the relationship of Thutmose and Hatshepsut This is one of the few if not the only fictional books about Hatshepsut that presents Thutmose and Hatshepsut as partners or having mutual respect for each other Usually it is Mr You Stole My Throne versus Miss Of course Because You Are Cruel Stupid Idiot or some such variation Considering that recent scholarship changes this view it is nice and interesting to see the different relationship here Honestly if Ironside wanted to turn Hatshepsut into a transformer I would be cool with that as long as the relationship stayed the same Okay maybe that would be a change too far In terms of plot the story is far concerned with the uestion of power and doing what is right as opposed to the great historical battles Of most interest is the journey to Punt and this journey has one of the changes that Ironside talks about her in afterword That was well played There is a short novella after this book but the ending isn t really a cliff hanger2014

Libbie Hawker ó 3 review

Angling in her fist As she wrestles with foreign enemies and domestic politics her heart becomes ever troubled Her daughter Neferure distant and strange since infancy is chosen by one goddess in particular Hathor the Sovereign of Stars she who wears seven faces and not all her faces are gentle Her fight to retain her hold on power peace and Neferure will carry her on an incompa. Sovereign of Stars the next instalment in L M Ironside s She King series is an utterly fantastic read It is engaging but still offers a seemingly authentic Ancient Egypt and populated with complex characters with complex relationships Following on from the previous instalments in the She King series The Sekhmet Bed The Crook and Flail Sovereign of Stars tells the story of Hatshepsut Egypt s most renowned female pharaoh during her years as kingGood news everyone you re not going to have to listen to me complain and rant about how Ironside handled Hatshepsut s relationship with Thutmose III Far too often in fiction about Hatshepsut this relationship is depicted as bitter rivals with one thrown into the role of irredeemable villain and the other as the wronged but rightful king Instead Ironside gives their relationship a depth rarely seen depicting their bond as a mother and son bond There are times when Hatshepsut and Thutmose clash yes but it s done in a believable way a natural progression of their characters and their relationship This is so rare in Hatshepsut fiction that I was tempted to give Sovereign of Stars five stars solely for that effortBut Sovereign of Stars earned that five star rating in other ways Once Ironside s depiction of Ancient Egypt feels realistic and authentic It s very rare that this feat is pulled off in Ancient Egyptian historicals yet Ironside s Egypt feels so natural and real that it s simply extraordinary This is not only true for the setting but also the people who populate itIronside s characters are rich and detailed given flaws I loved that despite Hatshepsut being the daughter of the god Amun was still given flaws she s paranoid and prideful to the point of arrogance neglectful of her daughter and I liked that Thutmose III was not just reduced to a war hungry wannabe soldier as he so often is that Neferure was unlikeable but also sympathetic Neferure s relationship with her mother Hatshepsut was a roller coaster of a ride multifaceted and difficult Neferure is a slippery figure in Egyptian history with no one knowing uite what happened to her or the roles she played in Hatshepsut s court Ironside s choices may be controversial but they make for such an interesting story that I personally can than live with I enjoyed that Neferure s fate was left up in the air though part of me longs for retributionIn all honesty if I hadn t read the historical notes beforehand I wouldn t have noticed that Ironside did set a few events earlier in time But knowing I didn t mind this especially as Ironside did explain in the notes why she did it and these changes do propel the story forward I did take issue with the decision to send Hatshepsut to Punt I accept that there s a very slim possibility that Hatshepsut travel to Punt with during the famous expedition there in her reign But like I said it s a very slim possibility along the lines of well we don t have any evidence that she did but we have nothing explicitly stating that she didn t and I didn t feel the story really justified the change from history I understand why it s tempting for any author writing about Punt to try and find a way around the fact that Hatshepsut in all likelihood didn t travel to Punt The Punt expedition is a pretty big deal especially when we talk about Hatshepsut but if you play it by the book you have to deal with the fact that Hatshepsut is pretty much an observer and bystander having a hand in the decision and the planning but then only witnessing the departure and the triumphant return But while I m glad that Ironside was able to give us a vivid recreation of Punt and introduce us to Ati I didn t really feel like Hatshepsut s journey to Punt added much to the story except to allow Thutmose and Neferure to act out while Hatshepsut was away and to foreshadow the disasters to come for Hatshepsut Despite this small niggle Sovereign of Stars is completely brilliant a sheer joy to read I am little saddened that this seems to mark the end of Hatshepsut s story but I look eagerly forward to reading The Bull of Min next year


10 thoughts on “Sovereign of Stars The She King #3

  1. says:

    I’m afraid I have to say I’m disappointed again I feel bad writing that when I read Libbie Hawker’s debut book The Sekhmet Bed a few years ago I thought it showed promise although it had some problems mainly being hampered by the sisters’ rivalry designed to appeal to mainstream publishers and after re reading i

  2. says:

    LM Ironside is proof that indie publishing is a force to be reckoned with Granted I've got horror stories but often than not the independentself published books I've come across have been top notch Ironside's She King historical ficti

  3. says:

    Crossposted on BooklikesIn her afterword to this third volume of the She King Series Ironside apologizes for playing a little fast and loose with history She doesn’t play as fast or as loose as Philipana Gregory and unlike Gregory that afterword discusses the changes and presents the reality In many ways the ap

  4. says:

    Sovereign of Stars the next instalment in L M Ironside's She King series is an utterly fantastic read It is engaging but still offers

  5. says:

    The story of Hatshepsut first woman pharaoh in the Thutmose Dynasty was compelling and informative She ruled for 22 years and overs

  6. says:

    I loved this third installment of this series I finished it too uickly This is one of those stories where you want it to b

  7. says:

    This is the third book from the series The She King In this story Hetat triumphantly rules as She King and beside her Thutmose the III Together they ruled over Egypt as both eual Pharaohs And they co ruled over Egypt togeth

  8. says:

    That ending TT I think my only complaint with this book is how Neferure went for a dive off the deep end She killed her own father for crying out loud Everything else everyone else was absolutely perfect Especially Thutmose oh I loved him And his new wife Thank heavens for strong capable men and strong capable women like them Now to

  9. says:

    Another fascinating tale Libby does it again Egyptian court intrigue and masterful descriptions so powerful you can almost seetastefeelhear the palace garden and scenery throughout the book

  10. says:

    this one just got pushed to the backburner it got really dark near the end poor Hatet