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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Michelle Moran has authentically evoked an era…As historical novels go, this is of the first rank—a page-turner that is both vividly and elegantly written.”

    Alison Weir, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The time and characters [are] fascinating. Moran’s evocative writing transports the reader from small back-country villages where women live out their lives in purdah to the exotic kingdom of Jhansi whose women freely walk the streets, and finally to the eye of the hurricane as British authority in Jhansi increases…A riveting and addictive glimpse of that era.”

    Historical Novel Review

  • “Filled with fascinating historical details about a subject that is not often portrayed, the novel looks at both the rights of women and the conflict between the British Empire and India in a fairly unbiased way. Sita and Rani Lakshmibai are strong and independent women in an era when women didn’t hold much power. Readers who have enjoyed Moran’s previous works will not want to miss this.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This often deeply moving novel focuses on its characters, allowing history to play out as a backdrop to the personal story of a young woman who would risk everything, including her own life, for her people.”

    Booklist

  • “Narrator Sneha Mathan shines as she performs this story…Most of Mathan’s skill is used to flesh out Sita’s story and personality, helping the listener to connect deeply with Moran’s complex and fascinating character. Mathan also brings to life the other members of Queen Lakshmi’s inner circle, making the temperaments and motivations of each apparent. Smoothly switching between an Indian and a British accent, Mathan allows listeners to get completely lost in this captivating story.”

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