Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: June 7th, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, romance, magic, fantasy
My Rating: 4.25
The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.
So fun story, about a year ago, I watched the first episode of The Tudors and then spent the next week and a half researched King Henry the 8th, his wives, his siblings, and children before I watched the second episode. I read a lot of what’s available on the internet, which I’m sure you can imagine is a lot. I read about the War of the Roses, Mary Queen of Scots, and so much other stuff that–turns out– wasn’t necessary to understand what was happening in the show. This is a problem that I have. I know a little bit about the Tudor era. A year ago I could have written a well-sourced college paper about it. I was a little bit worried that my obsessive research about Henry VIII and his children would take away from the enjoyment of this book, but that wasn’t the case.
So most of what happens in this book didn’t happen, which is great for my obsessive brain. It didn’t take things that happened and rearrange them which in topics that I know a lot about, I find really annoying. Essentially, the timeline of events is almost right, but everything else is completely made up– which for me, makes it more enjoyable.
One of the things that I enjoyed what the authors taking what the actual big issue and why Queen Mary killed everyone — religion– and changed it to something far less serious– people are animagi. (This is not what they call the people turning into animals, but that’s what people turning into animals is– my Hogwarts education refuses to accept other words for it also I can’t figure out how to use the special character they use in the word with this keyboard.)
I found this book so funny. I can’t remember a book that wrote in references to well know things– there are Mighty Python quotes in several areas, and probably other things that I didn’t catch– those parts read like an inside joke.
The books alternate between three narrators– King Edward, Lady Jane Grey, and her husband, Gifford. Each of these characters has a seperate voice. I am going to take a wild guess that each of the three authors wrote a different character which is why the voices are visibly different, but despite there being three authors the story feels cohesive and like one story. I’ve read multi-narrator stories by multiple authors that the story reads like two stories when it shouldn’t, these ladies clearly know what they are doing and wrote a unit.
Overall I found this book entertaining and a fun read. I don’t think it’s for everyone. People who want to read historical historical fiction, I think would pick this up and be very disappointed. Especially since there isn’t much of a mention of the more fantastical elements of the story in the blurb. I was a little put off when I first read the animagus thing because I wasn’t expecting it, but as the book went on and I saw that this was a clear reference to religion– I became more comfortable in just enjoying the book.
I understand why this book was picked as one of the best of 2016. It’s definitely a fun and interesting read that if I hadn’t done over a week of research about the Tudors a year ago, would lead me to read up on the true story– which is just as drama filled as this story if you like reading about murder and power going to people’s heads.
According to Goodreads, there are going to be at least two more books about women named Jane in this series, the next one is about Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte in 2018 and one about Calamity Jane in 2020. I’m interested to see where these stories take us.
Have you read My Lady Jane? What did you think?
Until next time Internet,