A queen’s bold quest to fight injustices and save her land . . .
A riveting tale of power and betrayal
Award-winning author Devika Rangachari writes about the legendary warrior queen, Rani Lakshmibai
Feminist tale of a fearless queen who stands up for the rights of her people
About the book
‘I will not yield!’
Lakshmibai the widowed queen of Jhansi, is determined to protect her son’s right to his father’s throne, and the welfare of the kingdom she is ruling Faced with the British machinations to
take over her kingdom, at a time when all of India is aflame with the fire of the first War of Independence, she has to prove her valour and sagacity again and again But will this be enough to
save all that she values? Award winning historical novelist Devika Rangachari brings to vivid life the interior life of this nineteenth century queen, thrust into a position she does not desire but must assume, and of her son, who is cowed by the challenges he has to face but determined to live up to his mother’s boldness and courage.
Dr. Devika Rangachari is an award-winning writer whose book, Queen of Ice (Duckbill), was on the White Raven list, won the Neev Young Adult Book Award, was shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar and has been optioned to be made into a movie/ television series. Her other books include Queen of Earth (on the 2021 Honour List of Parag—an initiative of Tata Trusts), 10 Indian Monarchs Whose Amazing Stories You May Not Know, Tales of Love and Adventure, Swami Vivekananda—A Man with a Vision, Harsha Vardhana, The Merry Mischief of Gopal Bhand, The Wit of Tenali Raman and Growing Up (on the IBBY Honour List 2002). She is currently the recipient of a prestigious national fellowship awarded by the ministry of culture in India to research aspects of gender and historical fiction in Indian children’s literature.
Devika has also completed her post-doctoral research on gender in Indian history. Her academic works include From Obscurity to Light: Women in Early Medieval Orissa (Seventh to Twelfth Centuries AD) and Invisible Women, Visible Histories: Gender, Society and Polity in North India (Seventh to Twelfth Century AD). She has also published widely in academic journals and been the recipient of several distinguished academic fellowships from the University Grants Commission, as well as the Charles Wallace India Trust.