Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran
Release Date - March 2015
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Sita's prospects for marriage are slim, but her father believes she has the skill and smarts to become one of Queen Lakshmi of Jhansi's protectors. While the chances of being accepted into the Queen's fold are minimal, Sita manages to do just that and soon becomes Queen Lakshmi's protector and friend.
With the British threatening to take all the Queen Lakshmi holds dear, she assembles two armies. One male army and one that Sita becomes part of, an all-women army. They all set off to protect the land and kingdom they hold so dear.
I generally hate historical anything. Rebel Queen was so different. I read the first chapter, then the second, and soon Sita had pulled me so deep into her story that I couldn't put it down. The 20 minutes I said I'd read and then get to fixing dinner turned into an hour, and then I had to pull myself away, unwillingly.
It turned out to be a very late night/morning, as I could not put Rebel Queen down. Finishing it at 2:00 a.m., when I had to be up at 5:30 a.m. wasn't ideal, but it was that good. From the narrative describing Sita's own home, one pretty much of poverty, to her amazement of her new lifestyle within the Royal Court, and then each and every person (nice or evil) that crosses Sita's path. I was totally hooked and only have high praise for Michelle Moran's story that brings India to life.