When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest. India is fractured ...more
I do not know much about India's history, and know little about their customs and culture except for what you see on TV or the tidbits you read about in other books, so I was instantly drawn into this tale about one of the country's most important fem ...more
"Some people are so impoverished all they have is gold. We, however, have pride.
This was a quick, easy read about(yet another)piece of history mostly unknown to me. As part of the story the author included information on things like the caste system and the hindu religion. These explanations where brilliant: short, but extremely clear and for the first time I would be able to quickly explain these concepts to my children. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and couldn't put the book down, I kept say ...more
I really enjoy Michelle Moran's books -- so far the only one I haven't read is The Second Empress. I was extremely intrigued by this one because I know next to nothing about India's history (besides the fact that it was colonized by Britain), and I love it when historical fiction can teach you something while it simultaneously tells a great story. Sita was a great MC, and everyone else seemed to be fleshed out very well-- her family and neighbors, the other women of the Durga Dal, the r ...more
Michelle Moran is one of my favorite authors and what I love about her books is the way in which she breathes life again into people(specifically women) whom history tends to have either forgotten or ...more
I liked Rebel Queen.
This may be surprising, coming from a reader who disliked Michelle Moran’s trio of Egyptian novels and who felt that her French Revolution duo were so-so. Simply put, the Egyptian set didn’t feel to me like they captured the zeitgeist of the times at all, or that Moran understood the people. This was combined with what I felt was overly simplistic plot and a degree of stock characterisation that felt really unpolished and lacking in skill. That said, I noticed a slight upward ...more
This is a difficult book to review. Although I knew of Lakshmibai for years before ...more
I knew nothing about Queen Lakshmi or the Indian Rebellion of 1857 when I picked up Michelle Moran’s Rebel Queen. My eye was drawn to the unusual locale and an eagerness to experience a story that was both foreign and entirely unfamiliar. I’d enjoyed Moran’s work in the past and was optimistic of my prospects, but looking back I can’t help feeling the reality fell short of my expectations.
In theory, Sita was a well-positione ...more
I feel that this book is one of Moran's weaker novels. The real point of the story, the revolution, is overshadowed by her coverage of the main character's training and journey to become a warrior. The events of the revolution are then told in a blow-by-blow fashion (this happened, then this, then this...), so that it all happens very quickly and at the end of the boo ...more
What I've read about 19th century India has been mostly confined to textbooks, to it was a treat to experience life in the rani's Panch Mahal through the eyes of Sita, one of ...more
Boys are prized much higher than girls and more often than not little girls just “disappear” directly after being born. The ones that do survive this are married at the age of 10. If a wife’s hus ...more
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This book will appeal to anyone interested in history, India, remarkable women, court intrigue, international politics, family drama, or who just wants a good, 'ole-fashio ...more
For years I heard great things about Michelle Moran’s books, but for one reason or another I didn’t read any of them… until September last year… when finally, thanks to Thor, Loki and Batman I picked up Nefertiti… And OMG! It was amazing! Historical fiction at its best. I loved it so much I read The Heretic Queen right afterwards and OMG! I loved it too! What else to do than to read Cleopatra’s Daughter next… and OMG! Moran can’t do wrong… I loved it too! By them I knew I was addicted to ...more
My first Moran book was Nefertiti and I liked it so much that I told myself I'd read more of her works. I learned so much from this book, which is what I usually expect after reading a historical fiction book but may not always happen. This novel introduced me to something called the Durga Dal, which is the name for the queen of India's (rani) elite all-female personal guard. I was absolutely floored by this. I hope to learn more about it through other books and articles. As for the actual plot,...more
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After all the praise I’ve heard about Michelle Moran, this book was an enormous let-down.
For one thing, its title–and blurb–are misleading in the extreme. Rebel Queen (or, in the UK, The Last Queen of India) is told from the POV of someone else, a character the blurb calls Lakshmi’s “closest confidant” (which Sita really isn’t). The queen in question is a significant supporting character, but nothing more.
The worst part of Rebel Queen is its juvenile, somewh ...more
Lacking kickass females in your books? Read this! Seriously one of my favorite cast of characters ever.
Though I can't say much for the representation on India and the culture, it seemed like the author was fairly unbiased and really well informed.
The story was gripping, despite being mostly about every day life in the village, and then in the palace. I could have listened to the story of these women for days, it was so interesting.
It was fascinating to see their way of lif ...more
Received advance review copy from publisher via NetGalley. My opinions are my own.
What I love most about Michelle Moran is her ability to take what should be a side character and weave such an intriguing story that you forget you originally picked up the book expecting it to be about a well known historical figure. And even when you remember, you don't even care. This novel is no exception. Titled The Rebel Queen in the US and The Last Queen of India in the UK, you ...more
What I got was random passages written in simplistic history book form to keep the reader informed of the events (because the writing was not adept enough for this), and constant ...more
However, I want to take some time to discuss some personal and cultural issues I've been considering since reading this one. What I have to say is not picking on Michelle Moran individually, but rather noting a general tren ...more
I do not know a lot about the history of India. Heck, I don't know a lot about Indian culture ...more
The author is a good writer, and the obvious extensive research she's done is remarkable. But I felt the book lacked heart and I felt largel ...more
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Michelle Moran is the international bestselling author of six historical novels, including Madame Tussaud, which was optioned for a mini-series in 2011. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.
A native of southern California, Michelle attended Pomona ...more