Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Publication Date: 7 June 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Romance, Fantasy
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?
My Lady Jane was my first read of 2019, and it was amazing! The fact that the book was written by three authors is really inspiring to me. Writing a book by yourself is hard, but writing one with two others to me sounds like to most difficult thing ever. But they definitely pulled it off! I couldn’t tell where the writing differed between the authors, and the flow was very seamless and smooth. I figure that each author wrote a different character; however, I couldn’t be sure considering the story and writing came together so effortlessly.
The story in My Lady Jane is based off King Edward VI and his subsequent successor Lady Jane Grey, who was only the Queen for seven days. My Lady Jane twists history quite a bit and introduces a group of people called Eðians (those who can turn into animals). Edward, after realising he is succumbing to an illness, agrees to marrying his cousin Jane to Gifford to enable a male heir to the throne. What Jane doesn’t know is that Gifford turns into a horse during the daytime and is unable to control his magical condition.
The story, while ridiculous on the surface, is very fascinating and draws you in quickly. The dynamic between Gifford and Jane is initially hilarious, and eventually you will be invested in their tumultuous relationship. They start out as enemies, both in disapproval of their forced marriage to one another. Due to a series of misjudgements, their opinions of each other are negative, but they have to stay married because, well, it’s the 1500s. Along with the plot line between Gifford and Jane, there is the one that focuses on King Edward. His part in the book is just as interesting as the married couple.
“No horse jokes,” he said.
“My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book—unharmed!—I will give you a carrot.”
He brandished the book at her. “Was that a horse joke?”
“Was that a horse joke?”
As the story at times seems a bit silly, the narrators point this out to remind us to not take the narrative too seriously. I really liked the jokes thrown in about some of the unfortunate things people had to do back then. I actually have nothing I disliked about this book – it was brilliant!
My Lady Jane was such an enjoyable read! Jane and Gifford were a great pairing. Overall, it is funny and witty, and changes a part of history that you may have never even known about. I was really in the mood for a book like this after watching The Favourite and it has kind of awakened an interest in me for historical novels. I’m so excited to get my hands on My Plain Jane, the second book in the series about Jane Eyre.
Have you read My Lady Jane? If so, what were your thoughts? Or, do you want to read it?