Title: My Lady Jane
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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?
A book that had been on my TBR for quite some time now, My Lady Jane turned out to be a really enjoyable read. I read this book as a part of a book club and I am so very happy that we chose this book.
I was actually dreading to read this book because even though I knew that artistic liberty had been taken with the actual story, I was dreading the death of the titled figure because as we all know, the actual Jane Grey was beheaded after simply 9 days of ruling. Nonetheless, I picked it up and I actually loved reading it. Gracie, Bess, even Jane are all really intricately made characters as well as Edward, and Gifford themselves.
The characters were really well made and with the introduction of the Eðian factor, they had a bit more depth than ever. Certain aspects of their characters were revealed in a much starker manner and I liked that.
The themes of war, friendship, self-development and growth, love etc., were really well placed and the events really did justice to them. The pacing is good and the twist in plot was expected and also delightfully welcome. The writing of these three authors weaved together into a really very well-read product in totality.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I am also looking forward to reading My Plain Jane, the sequel to My Lady Jane as well. I rate My Lady Jane a 4/5 stars!