Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Book Review: My Lady Jane

Title: My Lady Jane
Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Enjoyment Rating: 4.5/5
Source: Audiobook from Audible

I chose this book for my young adult fiction book club, and I was nervous. I had only listened to the first hour of the audiobook before I introduced it to the group. It was the first time I had chosen a book that I had not already finished and loved, but fortunately, Hand, Ashton, and Meadows did not disappoint.

My Lady Jane is a fun, revisionist history of Lady Jane Grey, niece of King Henry VIII and Queen of England for a whopping 9 days. The real Lady Jane literally loses her head at the end of her short reign, but the authors here decide to change things around a bit to give Jane a happier ending. Instead of the Protestant versus Catholic battles of the real succession crisis of the Tudor crown, here we have a battle between Verities, non-magical people, and Eðians, animal shape-shifters, who are hated and hunted by the Verities. The story is told from three perspectives: first, the sickly, King Edward, who must discover who is trying to murder him and steal his crown; second, Lady Jane Grey, a cousin and close friend of Edward, who must navigate the forces against her as she is named heir to the throne and is forced to marry Gifford; and third, Gifford, or G, son of a top adviser to the King, whose life as a chestnut colored steed during the day is only one of his secret identities.

Written in the satirical style of The Princess Bride, My Lady Jane pulls no pun. It is a fun read with enough adventure, political conspiracy, and romance to make the silliness work.  

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