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Book Review-Rebel Queen-Michelle Moran

Saturday, February 28, 2015


This book is based on historical fact. The author outlines what has been changed in her prologue. England was really into colonization at one point in history and as George Bernard Shaw in 1897 according to a front piece in the book says:

"Every Englishman is born with a certain miraculous power that makes him master of the world. When he wants a thing, he never tells himself that he wants it. He waits patiently until there comes into his mind, no one knows how, a burning conviction that it is his moral and religious duty to conquer those who have got the thing he wants."

This is the story of India and the people, both villagers and high born leaders. There is one leader who is a female warrior and she breaks purdah for herself and 10 warrior females, carefully chosen to protect her. It is also the story of one of those chosen and how her life and the life of her family is changed forever by the invasion. The British have decided that they want India and will do anything to annex it.

This is a well written and thoughtful book, one I would recommend any person who likes historical novels with the ring of truth. I certainly enjoyed reading it. Remember history so that it does not happen again!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

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.

This book will be published on March 3, 2015

Purchase the book here


About the Author: (from Amazon)


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, Michelle 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 international bestselling author of Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, Cleopatra's Daughter, Madame Tussaud, and The Second Empress. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages, and in 2011, her fourth book, Madame Tussaud, was optioned for a mini-series. Recently, Michelle was married in India, and it is no coincidence that her next two books will be set in the East.

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27 comments :

Carra D said...

Looks like an interesting read. Great review, thanks for sharing.

Masshole Mommy said...

My husband loves books based on history. I will have to tell him about this one.

Terri Ramsey Beavers said...

This sounds like a great read. I love all books that deal with history in any way.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Fact-based novels are really good to read. You will learn so much!

Carmy said...

Sounds like an interesting read! I love stuff based on historical fiction - always a good read.

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

I really loved this book! My review is going up next Monday. Michelle Moran is an amazing writer. Have you read anything else from her?

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Tanya Lara said...

Historical fiction is an interesting genre and a controversial one too. I likes ones that set the story against the times accurately and on the right context....and then just runs away in the fiction part. Looks like a good read.

Michelle H said...

This sounds like a book I might make time to read. My biggest trouble with historical fiction is not having a good understanding of what is true and where the author took license. I'm glad they touch on that at the beginning of this one. India is such a fascinating culture!

mail4rosey said...

I really do like history in a book. In fact, my favorite genre is history, but I've found some really great historical fiction books around too!

Alisha said...

I love reading books with some historical events in them. Sadly the last book I was was the 50 shades of grey trilogy and that was like 4 years ago...LOL!

Angela McKinney said...

I love historical books. Really I like to read almost anything. This sounds really interesting though. Great review

Heather Jones said...

Sounds like an interesting read. I like books based on historical facts.

Amanda Love said...

I'm more of a fiction girl myself but this does sound like a great read. I'll have to put this on my list of TBR books.

debdenny said...

This sounds great. Love historical fiction with some actual reality to them

Amanda McMahon said...

I really enjoy historical fact books! Thanks for sharing this one. I'll check it out.

Jaredamy said...

I am always up for new and fun books that explore history and culture. I will ad this to my wishlist.

Echo A said...

This sounds really interesting! I like that it sounds like it is about a powerful woman.

Melissa Vera said...

I love books that teach as well as entertain. This looks like a good one.

Manu Kalia said...

What an amazing book. Very inspiring and worth a share with friends. Will share this to my wife.

Stacey- Travel Blogger said...

This looks like a great book. I have been looking for a new read, and it looks like I just found it.

Stephen Parry said...

I love books based on history, have to grab this one next time I pop into the bookstore!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

This looks like an interesting book! Books like this are hard to put down once you started.

Chrissy Mazzocchi said...

This book looks like a great read! I'll add it to my to read list :)

Beth Williams said...

I hadn't heard of this, but it seems like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing.

Dellah said...

I haven't read any historical fiction or non fiction in years but try to emphasize to my 10 year Olds it's importance A friend of mine just came back from India and brought her son back some Lakshmi comic books that he's loving.

Catherine Sargent said...

This sounds like a great a book. I will add it to my must read list.

 
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