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C. P. Lesley

Bookworm, writer, radio host—I blog about history, fiction, and publishing in the Internet Age. You can find the full blog on my website. This space is for books.

Sisters in Conflict

The Sekhmet Bed (The She-King) - 'L. M. Ironside',  'Libbie Hawker'

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.