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?
A splendidly amoral murderous soap - Daily Telegraph on Michelle Moran
Filled with fascinating historical details about a subject that is not often portrayed . . . Sita and Rani Lakshmibai are strong and independent women in an era when women didn't hold much power. Readers who have enjoyed Moran's previous works will not want to miss this - Library Journal (starred review)
Beautifully written with captivating characters with whom the readers can admire and identify - The Good Book Guide
Michelle Moran was born and grew up in California. She worked as a public school teacher for six years, travelling around the world during school holidays, including to an archaeological dig in Israel, which inspired her to write. Her novels include Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, Cleopatra's Daughter and The Second Empress. She lives in California with her husband.