I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will not add a synopsis - others have done that - but I will say that the book title does rather imply that the queen is the main character, but she is not. It really should be titled, "Life in the Women's Army of the Rebel Queen." There are probably plenty of books that tell the story of Rani Lakshmi, but I really enjoyed the perspective of a member of her elite female guard (the presence of which was a surprise itself). I appreciated the portrait of Indian life in the 1850s and the lot of women at that time. I knew nothing of that period of India's history, and if the author took liberties with exact dates of when things happened, that does not bother me - the essence of what went on is more than enough.
I started this as an audio book on a 7-hour car trip. I found the readers' voice wonderful and was able to totally be in the story. She has a British accent but is of Indian birth, so had authentic pronunciation of the Indian words/names. My car trip ended before I got to the end of the book, and I had to return it to the library, so I then had to wait a few weeks to get the eBook, which is how I finished it. An overall great read. I look forward to reading more of this author's books.