My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Published by HarperTeen on June 7, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Historical, Fantasy
Pages: 512 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased
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?
With a mix of history, humor, and of course magic, Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows crafted a wondrous tale in My Lady Jane. History has already been written but these three just dive right in and narrate a brand new story for Jane, Edward, Gifford, and the rest of England. At first I was hesitant to pick this up but I’m so glad I ended up taking a chance on it.
Lady Jane, Edward, and Gifford while historical figures are also characters and it’s so easy to relate and root for them. Lady Jane, above all, with her love for books, wanting to be her own person, and not forced into a life she doesn’t want. Or Edward who has been weighed down by obligations and just wants a chance to be free. All three of their perspectives depicted the difficulties of life and how each person copes differently and it was so well done.
While I’m typically not down for completely subverting history, I totally fell in love with this new take. The Tudor dynasty is an intriguing topic to dive into, filled with notable rulers and important events, and it was the perfect choice for reworking. Plus the authors were completely upfront about the changes, playing it up for the reader, which made the whole experience more enjoyable.
The magic of the Eðians provided the perfect way to transform these well known people and their history. With humans turning into animals, anything becomes fair game. Escaping death, disappearing from the world, the authors could really do anything. It also added another reason for the growing unrest in the country and the divides being formed which definitely pushed the plot along.
Overall My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows was a hilarious take on history that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. It blended fact and fiction with such ease and I much prefer this adaptation to the real past. Jane, Edward, and Gifford were allowed to stand out in this story and each page delivered a compelling narrative. I’d definitely recommend this to pretty much everyone. It was just so fun!
So have you read My Lady Jane yet? Did you enjoy how history was rewritten? Are you excited for their new books on different Janes? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!