Rebel Queen: The Last Queen of India by Michelle Moran {Review}

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Rebel Queen: The Last Queen of India by Michelle Moran {Review}Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran

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Also by this author: The Heretic Queen, Nefertiti, Cleopatra's Daughter
ISBN: 9781476716350
Genres: Historical Fiction
Published by Touchstone on March 3, 2015
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Author
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From the internationally bestselling author of Nefertiti and Cleopatra’s Daughter comes the breathtaking story of Queen Lakshmi—India’s Joan of Arc—who against all odds defied the mighty British invasion to defend her beloved kingdom.

When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest. India is fractured and divided into kingdoms, each independent and wary of one another, seemingly no match for the might of the English. But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge.

Instead of surrendering, Queen Lakshmi raises two armies—one male and one female—and rides into battle, determined to protect her country and her people. Although her soldiers may not appear at first to be formidable against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi refuses to back down from the empire determined to take away the land she loves.

Told from the unexpected perspective of Sita—Queen Lakshmi’s most favored companion and most trusted soldier in the all-female army—Rebel Queen shines a light on a time and place rarely explored in historical fiction. In the tradition of her bestselling novel, Nefertiti, and through her strong, independent heroines fighting to make their way in a male dominated world, Michelle Moran brings nineteenth-century India to rich, vibrant life.

The Last Queen of India

Genre: Fiction / Historical / General
Publisher: Touchstone (Simon & Schuster)

*This post was update to my new format with the UBB Plugin on April 11, 2015.


I believe when I originally added this book to my to-reads shelf it was called “The Last Queen of India.” I do believe that title captures the story better for me, yet I see in the events where “Rebel Queen” was chosen. It’s a bit difficult to try not to give anything away, but what I can tell you is that this book brought me back. I found myself reading well into the night and wanting to go on for more.

Rebel Queen The Last Queen of India book review on Creative Madness Mama and guest post by Michelle Moran

Michelle Moran is a great author. (Read here guest post on from a few weeks ago in February She brings history alive and off the page. Easily she is, for me, a put in on the shelf for keeps even before I’ve read the story. Each novel of Michelle’s has given me and my imagination a side glance vivid view to a historical heroine that leaves me thirsting for history books and research.

This story is of an average girl in a rough time that trains and hones herself to extraordinary. Rebel Queen is viewed from a Durga Dal (an elite group of female guards trained to protect the rain aka Queen to the Raja) lens. Like Nefertiti, like The Heretic Queen, and like Cleopatra’s Daughter as a female in historic times it is difficult to understand the culture one is born into, yet even like Madame Tussaud it is also difficult to comprehend a new culture thrust upon your own. Getting a glimpse of the annex-attempt upon portions of India is eye-opening and tragic.

While this story has action, it also has personality and plenty of introduction and spark for dialogue. It is great for just good reading, but it is even better for education discussion. I’m glad the story ended. However I’m sad the book ended. I hope there will be many historic heroines to spark the imagination of Michelle to ‘what it would be like to have been there’ in the future for the page and our reading pleasure.

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About Michelle Moran

Michelle Moran was born in Southern California. After attending Pomona College, she earned a Masters Degree from the Claremont Graduate University. During her six years as a public high school teacher, Moran used her summers to travel around the world, and it was her experiences as a volunteer on archaeological digs that inspired her to write historical fiction. She is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, Cleopatra’s Daughter, Madame Tussaud, and The Second Empress, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. Visit her online at

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