The Last Queen Of India
By Michelle Moran
1857. As the British look to extend the Commonwealth, the skills of Lakshmi and Sita - the greatest female warriors India has ever seen - are put to the test.
At nineteen years old, Sita is the shining star of Queen Lakshmi of India's imperial guard, having pledged herself to a life of celibacy in the name of protecting the young ruler.
When Sita agrees to train Lakshmi in the art of military combat, a close friendship develops between the two women. But trouble soon threatens - Lakshmi's court is dangerously divided and rumours are rife that the country is at risk. Meanwhile, in London, advisors to Queen Victoria are looking to extend the power of the Commonwealth, and India is coveted as the next jewel in the imperial crown.
In the ensuing battle, will the bond between Lakshmi and Sita be broken for ever?
Michelle Moran was born in California. While getting her Masters at Claremont Graduate University, Michelle published her first historical fiction novel, Jezebel. She has traveled around the world - including to Israel, where she participated in an archaeological dig that inspired her to begin writing historical fiction. She lives in Southern California.
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24 Mar 2016
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Moran is at her storytelling best in The Last Queen of India, melding fascinating history and imaginative fiction into a beautiful and powerful story of love, loss, heartbreaking choices and breathtaking courage. Immaculately researched and packed with high emotion, high drama and a cast of dynamic characters, this is a wonderful, sweeping story with a compelling sense of time and place that is sure to delight fans of historical fiction — Lancashire Evening Post