Friday, April 4, 2014

Book Beginnings: The Sekhmet Bed by L. M. Ironside

Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.

Mother of the Pharaoh.
The voice was rich, black.  Ahmose saw nothing but a river of stars.
Mother of the Pharaoh, why do you weep?
She reached out her arms, as she had as a child.  Comfort was what she wanted.  Reassurance, her nurse’s embrace, a sweet cake to soothe her.  Her face prickled with the salt of her tears.
Mother of the Pharaoh, rise up.  Come to me.
She was lying on her back, she now realized, looking at the sky; the thick band of celestial light arced over her.  Her hands were stretched toward it, a child’s plea for help.  Shaking, crying, she stood. 

The Sekhmet Bed by L. M. Ironside

Sekhmet: “ the Mighty One 

Ahmose's father, the Pharaoh, dies without an heir. She and her elder sister, Mutnofret, are both married off to General Thutmose, so that he may rule Egypt. Ahmose ,despite being the younger sister, is selected as the first queen, which results in a bitter rivalry with her older sister, Mutnofret. Ahmose has the ability to read prophetic dreams and hence the chosen one. 

The sisters must give Thutmose children, but Ahmose is utterly terrified of pregnancy and giving birth as she seen one of her young friends' die in childbirth. Yet Ahmose knows she must do her duty; she has foreseen that she will be the mother of the next Pharaoh. As her sister gives birth to boy child after boy child, Ahmose knows she must fight to retain her authority as queen and also have love of her husband.

The history of Egypt has been well covered and interest is retained throughout.  I recommend this for all history lovers.


Lianne @ said...

Intriguing opening, very mysterious and raises questions as to what happened to the character that led her to those emotions/that situation. Thanks for sharing, happy reading :)

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JC Jones said...

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Sheri said...

Interesting beginning. It catches your attention. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Harvee said...

The pharoahs and their lives were so interesting. Sounds like a dramatic book about some of the women. Women's problems all over again, lol.

Juli Rahel said...

I love any book set in Ancient Egypt and this sounds like a good one! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great weekend!
Juli @ Universe in Words

guiltlessreader said...

I don't think I've read anything set in Egypt! That in itself is intriguing! How did you discover this book?