From the internationally best-selling author of Nefertitiand 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 that is 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 best-selling novel, Nefertiti,and through her strong, independent heroines fighting to make their ways in a male-dominated world, Michelle Moran brings nineteenth-century India to rich, vibrant life.
©2015 Michelle Moran (P)2015 Simon and Schuster
I enjoyed this audio book very much. Learned a lot about the history of India's culture in the 1800's and the struggle with British rule. The story lagged at times, just enough for me to give 4 stars. The reader is amazing and her voice is a highlight. Her accent is beautiful and she doesn't over exaggerate the character voices--a real pet peeve of mine with audio books. Overall a wonderful book for my daily commute.
Always admired Jhansi Ki Rani, and now got to know the story of the greatest Indian woman in history through one of her loyal guards - Sita Bhonsle. Thanks Michelle for writing such an excellent story of Sita and through her the story of Rani Lakshmi Bai. The first and painful resistance to the despicable invasion of India by the British, will now be forever etched in my mind. The narration by Sneha Mathan made the characters and the story come alive. Her different voices and accents for key characters in the story played out like a movie on the screen of my mind. Thanks Sita, Michelle, and Sneha!
Will be on my Favorite Books of 2015 list.
I had two favorites: the Rani and Sita. Both strong characters.
No but wouldn't hesitate to listen to more. She made the story come alive.
It really helped me with the pronunciation of the names and places.
I loved the book! It is the first time I read anything dealing with the history of India. I want to read more historical Indian novels.
What a remarkably story. Well done! Great narrator. Historical, brilliant, captivating and a pleasure to hear.
Sneha Mathan was an extraordinary reader and brought such quality and emotional with every word that I was completely drawn into this amazing story of an amazing woman.
This book presented a different backdrop than I was accustomed to. India during the late 1800s was something I was unfamiliar with. The book held romance and action and feminism, which are all things I enjoy. I loved learning about a woman's experience in a different time and setting.
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