Friday, March 13, 2015

Rebel Queen - Review

Rebel QueenRebel Queen by Michelle Moran
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published March 3rd 2015 by Touchstone

When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the 1850s, it expects a quick and easy conquest. After all, India is not even a country, but a collection of kingdoms on the subcontinent. But when the British arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, expecting its queen to forfeit her crown, they are met with a surprise. Instead of surrendering, Queen Lakshmi raises two armies—one male, one female—and rides into battle like Joan of Arc. Although her soldiers are little match against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi fights against an empire determined to take away the land she loves.

Told from the perspective of Sita, one of the guards in Lakshmi's all-female army and the queen’s most trusted warrior, The Last Queen of India traces the astonishing tale of a fearless ruler making her way in a world dominated by men. In the tradition of her bestselling novel Nefertiti, which Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series, called “a heroic story with a very human heart,” Michelle Moran once again brings a time and place rarely explored in historical fiction to rich, vibrant life.

The writing was amazing, as in all of Michelle Moran's books, but the plot was kind of meh. That might be my lack of interest of India though.

I discovered Michelle Moran's books with her novel Cleopatra's Daughter, (I love anything Cleopatra) and was instantly hooked. I've read a few of her other books and can't help but think she's at her best with Ancient Egypt.

I felt a little odd in this new setting and the narration is somewhat weird. Too many "imagine this" and to you it would be this." I guess it left the story too often to explain what was being said.
It lags a bit, it's called Rebel Queen but there is no signs of rebellion until the end. It's more along the lines of The Life and Times of the Last Queen of India.

Basically my point is the original or British title is better fitted.

But all that aside, like I mentioned before, the writing is amazing. It transports you to the world it recreates and you become the character.
Sita is wonderfully written- I loved her relationship with not only her sister but all the characters- the descriptions are beautiful and overall gave me an interest in a subject that I previously knew, or cared, nothing about.

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