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My Lady Jane

af Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

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Edward is the King of England. He's also dying, which is inconvenient, as he's only sixteen and he'd rather be planning his first kiss than who will inherit his crown. Jane, Edward's cousin, is far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately, Edward has arranged to marry her off to Gifford secure the line of succession. And Gifford is, well, a horse. That is, he is an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated) who becomes a chestnut steed every morning, but wakes as a man at dusk, with a mouthful of hay. Very undignified. The plot thickens as the three are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy, and have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it's off with their heads?… (mere)
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First.. How do three authors even get together and write a book? And then make the various different perspectives seem seamless. And also make sure the humor stays on point throughout. I wasn't quite sure how it would work out, but these ladies proved me wrong, because this book is so entertaining and laugh out loud funny.

This book maybe titled My Lady Jane, but it's is still more about King Edward and his personal growth. He is a young man who was thrust onto the throne too early in his life and has never shown much inclination towards his responsibilities. He lets his advisers manage the ruling and is quite an entitled brat who thinks he deserves to be King because he is a man, but he is still loving and compassionate.. most of the times. Only when the betrayals are revealed does he begin to realise his faults and slowly changes into a better, responsible person. Thankfully, he also evolves into someone who believes in the wisdom and the strength of the women around him and comes to value their opinions immensely.

Jane and Gifford are the IT couple of this story - forced into an arranged marriage and unbeknownst to them, the center of the conspiracy to dethrone the rightful King. Theirs is a very slow burn relationship and I loved the evolution of it throughout the story. Despite him being a man for only half a day and Jane preferring the company of books, they come to respect each other while helping poor people in need and also their common ideas about uniting the Edians and Verities and bringing prosperity to the country. It's a relationship built on trust and mutual respect, and they do occasionally have pillow fights, but it's a sweet development from friendship to love.

We also have other wonderful ladies who play a major role in the plot - Mary, the eldest sister who wants the throne for herself; Bess, the second sister who wants whats best for the kingdom and people and vows to restore her brother to his rightful throne; Pet (aka Petunia) who is always right there risking her life to protect Edward; Gracie, the foxy Scot who is quick with her knives and maybe likes Edward, but is not sure of her feelings for a King. Bess was my favorite of the lot - compassionate, thoughtful, intelligent and strategic, she really has great plans for the prosperity of the people. And the ending plot twist was definitely very very unexpected and had me grinning because of the way the authors were able to connect this wierd fantasy tale towards that conclusion.

The authors really deserve all the points for writing this fantastic tale. The conflict between the Edians (shape shifters) and Verities (humans) in this fantasy is essentially an allegory for the Catholics vs Protestant conflicts of the 16th century. We are almost aware from the beginning, which parts of the tale are true and which are made up, but that never takes us away from the enjoyment of the tale itself. The authors' snarky commentary throughout is a delight to read and definitely made it more unique. Right from a nod to Titanic in the dedication to Game of Thrones to the conspiracy theories surrounding the original author of Shakespeare's works, there are a lot of pop culture references, but they feel very integral to the story and are on brand with the humorous take on history.

If you like your historical fiction reads to be authentic to the actual history, then this book is not for you. If you are ready to suspend your belief and have a lot of fun reading a hilarious take on Tudor history with lots of interesting female characters, then this book is perfect for you. Pick this up when you are in need of something to make you forget all your worries. This will definitely make you smile. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Lady Jane Grey didn’t have a happy ending in real life, but the narrators in this book are determined to give her a better story. Her cousin, King Edward, has decreed that she should marry a stranger so that her child can be their heir to the throne instead of his sister Mary who is bloodthirsty towards the group of people who have the ability to turn into animals. Shortly after Jane marries Lord Gifford (or G, as he prefers to be called) and discovers that her husband spends most of his time as a horse, she finds out that she is now the queen of England. Told in three different perspectives, Edward, Jane, and G all race to end the conspiracy to put Mary on the throne, save their own lives, and fall in love.

This book is delightfully fun with charming characters, laugh-out-loud moments, and unexpected rewrites to history. History lovers will appreciate the attention to historical details, but also the irreverence the authors have in making the history move to suit their story. It’s not a book to be taken seriously. The characters are all charming: Edward who just wants to kiss someone before he dies, Jane who doesn’t go anywhere without a few books and prefers them to people, and G who isn’t sure he wants the responsibility of being a man over the ease of being a horse. Even though the characters are written by different authors, the narrative voice feels the same and the tone and humor is consistent throughout the book. The slow romance is nicely done, and the journey to get the right people on the crown is full of excitement. Fans of The Princess Bride, witty pop culture references, history, and books will enjoy this hilarious retelling of a tragic event. ( )
  vivirielle | Aug 4, 2021 |
This was so, so much fun! I laughed out loud a lot, and the retelling was outrageously funny and interesting. I can't wait to get to the other books in the series!! ( )
  EmilyMabb | Jun 21, 2021 |

Updates:

Loc 668 - Poison.

pg. 380 - I think this whole Pack thing is unnecessary and boring. It feels like a filler. I hate fillers.
Also, my Kindle is having a stroke. I haven't finished this yet.

pg. 461 - I hate the narrator's notes. Why is this necessary, again? There's a surge of it this past few chapters. It's like a commercial that no one asked for.

End - This book is pretty meh. Funny at times but most of the time it's meh.

Rating 2.5

I read through (scanned) a bit of the real story from the web while reading this. I could've done without knowing England's history. What happened to the real Jane is quite miserable. All these kids dying. Breaks my heart even though that was centuries ago.



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  blithelii_ | May 29, 2021 |
This book entertained the heck out of me. It was a light, though long read and I chuckled out loud on more than one occasion. This is the kind of historical fiction I can get behind. It told a story, it was not at all dry or super serious and there was a bit of romance, a bit of humor, a bit of fighting and a whole lot of fun. Can't wait to see what these authors come up with next for the series. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
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Hand, Cynthiaprimær forfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Ashton, Brodihovedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Meadows, Jodihovedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Hadley, SamCover Designmedforfatternogle udgaverbekræftet
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Edward is the King of England. He's also dying, which is inconvenient, as he's only sixteen and he'd rather be planning his first kiss than who will inherit his crown. Jane, Edward's cousin, is far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately, Edward has arranged to marry her off to Gifford secure the line of succession. And Gifford is, well, a horse. That is, he is an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated) who becomes a chestnut steed every morning, but wakes as a man at dusk, with a mouthful of hay. Very undignified. The plot thickens as the three are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy, and have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it's off with their heads?

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