My Lady Jane | Review
I’m not sure where to begin to illustrate my happiness with My Lady Jane. First the book itself is gorgeous, with gold foil on the cover, deckled edges and a ferret (!!!) on the book cover spine.
I had a strong feeling that I’d like My Lady Jane, because I love historical fiction, especially the Tudor era (I suppose I can thank Phillipa Gregory for that). So taking historical fiction and adding a fantasy element and a happy ending? All for it!
My Lady Jane tells the story of Lady Jane Grey, who was queen of England for all of nine days because of the typical manipulations of monarchy.
The interesting part of this book is how not only how it’s written by three authors (which you wouldn’t guess by the prose, btw), but also how the book changes between three points of view, Jane (previously mentioned), Edward (the King) and Gifford (call him G). Those two factors along may worry you into thinking this isn’t a book you want to risk. But believe it, it is. You cannot tell that three authors were involved in the creation of this masterpiece, and the POVs blend seamlessly from one chapter to another. Usually, I hate books with multiple POVs but honestly, I didn’t even noticed it in this book until after the face when I started writing the review, it’s that good.
There are two kinds of people in this world, Ethians and Verities. Ethians can shape-shift into animals and Verities are not. Edward is a teenager, a Ethian supporter, and also the king of England. He also happens to be dying. Next in line to the crown is his sister Mary, who is strongly opposed to Ethians and thinks they should be rounded up and burned at the stake. To prevent his sister from destroying the fragile Ethian/Verity peace, King Edward names his cousin and best friend, Jane Grey, as his heir and tells Jane that she is to marry Gifford Dudley, and that the crown will go to the children of Jane and Gifford.
Sounds simple enough. But Jane isn’t to happy about being forced to marry G, who lives among a swirl of rumors that he is well, a lady’s man. She doesn’t think all that highly of him, and would much rather just curl up and read some more books (because Jane is a total book nerd). But they get married anyway and Jane discovers G’s secret.
Overall, the book is hilarious and a super fun, light read. I recommend this to anyone, but especially those that love history and fantasy. I really loved Jane (fellow book nerd and all) and absolutely loved the re-writing of history involved here (sorry, England).
My favorite line: The dedication:
For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.
And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”
My favorite visual: I don’t want to spoil too much, but a certain person as a ferret.
Rating: 5 stars
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