As in most of his fiction, de Camp entertains with humor as well as adventure. He invites his readers to laugh at themselves and uses his humor to comment on human relationships. For instance, Barbe Dulac remarks to Iroedh, "It is a curious feature of Terran culture that when the men do something of a stupidity they always blame their wives." Humor and swift, violent action in exotic locales make Rogue Queen a good read.
Some fastidious readers would object to the novel's technical flaws. For example, de Camp ignores the problem a newly created host of fertile females would create if they had the reproductive capacity of queens, who must lay hundreds of eggs during their lives in order to maintain Communities the size of Elham. The planet Ormazd would be overpopulated in just a few generations unless the reproductive capacity of the Avtini is significantly curbed. Small problems such as this are raced over without explanation.