The Last Queen of India by Michelle Moran

Rating: 8/10

The Last Queen of India is a historical fiction novel following the life of a woman warrior who is part of the elite personal guards of the Rani of Jhansi. The novel is set in Jhansi, in India at the cusp of colonialism by the British. The Rani of Jhansi is revered and admired historical figure in contemporary India and she is known for her valour and her fight against the colonial rule in India.

This was the 4th Michelle Moran book I picked up having read her three previous novels set in Egypt and I definitely feel this novel was the most accomplished of them. The characters are very well etched and Moran stays true to the historical facts that actually happened that time in India, fictionalising only the personal lives of her protagonists. It’s a very atmospheric read and it completely pulls you in. The plot iso fast paced and there were several scenes within the book that made me very angry and sad and I love when the book can strike an emotional chord in me.

The writing style is accessible and flows very seamlessly but it isn’t noticeably beautiful. The plot and the characters are the key drivers of the story as opposed to the writing style. I would definitely recommend this, if you are looking for an intriguing, well paced, historical fiction novel that consumes you in its pages.

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