Title: My Lady Jane
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 491 pages
Year of Publication: June 7th, 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…
Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…
Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.
The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?
I’m clearly not an expert in this Tudor period so I did a looot of googling right after I finished this book, and turns out every historical events in the first half of this book are true, well minus the shapeshifter thingie of course. And the second half of the book is an alternative story for Lady Jane which is really funny and unexpected.
I’m so glad to read a fascinating and refreshing twist of this history, I can’t believe the authors found an interesting way to make me learn history!
There are 3 POVs in this book, Jane, Edward, and Gilford which are written by three different authors. I was a bit skeptical about a book written by multiple authors because I hate the transition between different writing styles, but to my surprise, I have no problem with this book at all. The transition is smoothly done, I definitely could not tell that this book is written by different people!
There are some terms, language, and things that are historically wrong. There are even some modern words used in the book, and things that I think hasn’t invented yet in that era. I know I wasn’t supposed to take this book seriously but to be honest this kinda annoyed me.
We have been warned from the start that this history will be all twisted. So I dived blindly into this book (like really blind, I mean, I don’t read the synopsis and the reviews at all) and I was so shocked by the magical element added in this book (I didn’t even know that there will be magical element). I love the idea of replacing the religion issue in the original history with ridiculous shapeshifting, and how England is divided by two different beliefs, one is Ethian, the shapeshifter, and the other is Verity, who believes Ethian was a curse. This idea surely make this book a lot more fun!
It is a really surprising and unique story, not only the twisted history, but also the alternative story of Lady Jane.
I like to think Jane is a mixed between Elizabeth Bennet and Rapunzel from Tangle! She has the same curiousity and intelligency as Liz and plenty of humourous and witty banter as Rapunzel! She is, brave, independent and kind-hearted, I really love her character. She definitely makes it to one of my favorite literary woman list!
Gilford, or G is the sweetest cinnamon roll and has all the greatest husband material! He’s so caring and has a heart as soft as cotton ball! He’s so damn funny, I love reading his banter with Jane, and the slowburning relationship between them really melt my stone cold heart!!
Edward is my least favorite character in this book. There are not a single moment when he actually thinks about his fallen kingdom, all he could think about was to hooked up with a girl, and all the little things he does is to impress a girl! You’re a damn King of England for God’s sake!! Do your job!
Have you read this book? Is this book in your TBR? What is your favorite historical fiction book?