About the book
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
Genre: YA Fantasy/ Historical Fiction
The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.
The Rating: 4/5 stars
How can I even write a review when I am still laughing out loud from how funny this book was? The writing style, in particular the narrator voice, was an absolute delight to read and the little insertions into the story was so unique and enjoyable.
This book isn’t historically accurate if that’s what you are looking for (kind of hard when half the main characters turn into animals) but there are so many little references and nods to historical events that continuously kept me intrigued throughout the whole book (and to bring my inner history nerd such profound happiness)!
This book is told in multiple perspectives and all three of the main protagonists had hilarious voices and were really interesting to read about. Although I generally enjoy romance of the sizzling variety, it was nice to see the relationship develop between Jane and Gifford in a really sweet and natural way.
Despite the fact that I didn’t become obsessed with it like I expected to, I definitely recommend picking this up even if you aren’t a historical fiction lover because it is overall such a fun read with a little bit of fantasy thrown in for added awesomeness!
This book, being historical fiction, is obviously built off a world that already exists. However, what sets it apart is that the authors chose to veer off track and add in unique fantastical elements to the book. So whereas in actual history, we had a religious conflict between the Catholics and the Protestants, in My Lady Jane’s Tudor England, we have conflict between the Edians (humans who can turn into animals) and the Verities (the humans that oppose such magical abilities).
I wasn’t sure how I felt about the magical system at first (come on, one of our main characters turns into a horse) but as you kept on reading, it gets pretty cool and overall I was impressed by how unique it was.
The book basically follows the succession of leaders that came after the death of Henry VIII and let me tell you, this book made my inner history nerd SO HAPPY. Even though it wasn’t historically accurate, all the references to the leaders and the political state at the current time was so fascinating. The magical elements added even more interest and added a whole other level to the personalities of the historical figures and all in all, the plot was fast paced and made the book hard to put down!
The three main protagonists were each written by a different author but you really can’t tell when reading the book because it all flows so well together.
Gifford (or G, as he would have you call him) was a hilarious voice and served to make even some of the more (rare) serious moments light. His internal monologue, along with Edward’s, as they tried to court their female romantic interests was really fun to read about.
One thing I love about this book is that it discusses the restrictions and subservient positions that women had placed upon them in this era and then went on to completely negate everything, making the ladies some of the fiercest characters in this book! I loved Gracie, especially the way she treated Edward and the way in which she made him, a very clueless character, completely change his view towards women and female leadership!
All in all, this was a great, fun read and totally appropriate for those days where you want a light fantasy to binge in a day or two!