Published by HarperTeen on June 7th 2016
Series: The Lady Janies series #1
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I received this book/movie for free from the above-listed publisher/studio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book/movie or the content of my review.Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
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 E∂ian (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 read/listened to My Lady Jane right before I went to the UK (Scotland & England) and it was the best thing EVER! One, it got me in the mood for my trip, and second, while I was visiting the Tower of London I kept making E∂ian jokes in my head. It was really cool being there, but it was so much more entertaining to have the events of My Lady Jane running through my head while the Beef Eater was explaining the real history. I kind of wish I could have given him a copy hehe.
So why is My Lady Jane the best thing ever, well let me explain. The book is historical fiction fantasy, how awesome is that? The authors have taken the Catholic/Protestant division that existed in 1500s and replaced it with an E∂ian (Protestants)/Verities (Catholics) division. E∂ians are individuals who can change themselves into animals, Verities are individuals who think that E∂ians have no business turning into animals and because they are the ruling majority, they have persecuted them. So with that slight change, My Lady Jane basically follows the rest of history with a few other little tweaks along the way.
The quick run down of the history/story plot: Jane becomes Queen for nine days after the death of her cousin Edward. She does not have the political “chops” to deal with all the court intrigue that she gets thrown into the middle of. Because of this she is forced into an arranged marriage and is put in the middle of a battle for the throne. In the real history, Jane loses her head, but I’ll let you read the book to find out if this alternate history has the same ending.
Because the story is told from the point of view of Jane, Edward, and Gifford “G” (Jane’s Husband), it moves really well and you get multiple points of view of the politics and court intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed how sarcastic and witty the writing and story are and how much the story sticks with the real history.
I listened to the audiobook on this one and journeyman narrator Katherine Kellgren does an excellent job bringing the story to life. Her accent and reading style were perfect and even now I remember lines with her accent and it still brings a smile to my face. I highly recommend picking up the audiobook to either live this story for the first time or to delve into the world of E∂ians again.