This is a stand alone novel, but it could have been a series. It is long enough to be a series and there were at least a couple of spots, perhaps three, where the book could have been split and made into a trilogy. It is an interesting story of the British occupation of India with plenty of battles, especially near the end when the action is moved to Afghanistan. One of the most interesting parts is when a widow willingly allows herself to be burned on the funeral pyre of her husband. It seems that she is in a frame of mind such that she is only playing a role, but then the point comes when she is sitting atop the pyre holding her dead husband's head in her lap when she wakes up to the reality of what is happening to her. She wakes up to that reality after the fire has already been lit. She panics, but by then it is too late.