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An Ejoyable Read
on April 17, 2007
When last encountered, Matthew Hervey had just survived the Battle of Waterloo with distinction. He had come to the notice of Wellington and, as a reward for his services, had been appointed to Wellington's staff. Now the was is over and he is in France, expecting marriage and service with the duke. Instead, he gets sent to India on a secret mission on behalf of the Duke.
It is a mission of political intrigue for which he has not training. Worse, he is not even given all of the information that he needs; that information will be provided by a local contact. Wellington believes that the support of Hyderabad will be essential for British interests in India and Hervey is sent to maintain those relations. Instead, he finds himself in the service of a rival potentate. This is most difficult for a fundamentally honest type like him.
The "daughters" of the title do not refer to people. Instead they refer to the Nizam of Hyderabad's huge artillery pieces, the source of much of his power. These are troublesome young ladies especially when allied with the flesh and blood sons of the Nizam.
Hervey is just barely a captain. He finds himself taking on the job of a general in a foreign land. By honor, he must protect the Rajah of Chintal. By orders, he must further the interests of Hyderabad. By inclination, he would rather be back with his regiment in Europe.
It is a light and enjoyable read.