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Are you something fun and light-hearted to take your cares away and help you usher in the New Year with a smile on your face? Something that reminds you of The Princess Bride or Monty Python or Galavant? Look no further than MY LADY JANE, which turns history upside down, adds magic to our world, and creates something brand new.
Because, seriously, don't you want to know the truth about Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen who was crowned after King Henry VI's death, then beheaded by his sister Mary upon her ascension to the throne? Because...maybe things aren't as we think. Maybe they ended differently, secretly. Maybe there is a secret race among us of people who can shapeshift into various animals, whose very presence can destroy them--and so they hide themselves from us.
They are called Eðians, and they have no control over what animal they become--or even if they can become one. They are prosecuted by Verities, who have no shape-shifting abilities and feel that to have such power is an abomination. King Henry VI is young, but sick, and while he isn't an Eðian, he supports them, unlike his sister Mary. If he dies and she takes the throne, the war will become bloody and all will be lost. Instead, he concocts a plan to marry off his beloved cousin Jane and secretly make her his successor. The only problem? Jane's husband is, quite literally, a horse! Unlike most Eðians, Lord Gifford Dudley isn't able to control the shift, and spends his entire day as a horse. He is only human in the evenings. His family has gone to great lengths to protect this secret, but his ability is also what makes Henry choose him as his cousin's husband. With a war between the Verities and Eðians on the horizon, have the right decisions been made, or will all be lost?
You definitely have to be in the right reading mood when picking up MY LADY JANE. If you're not in the mood for something light and humorous, you'll have trouble picking this one up! It has romance and intrigue, and page-turning action, but so much more, too. Despite its length, it's hard to put down, and I read the book in a day. I just had to know what happened and see the "truth" that was being hidden from the world! I was so invested in the characters, I wanted to know their final reckoning. The characters grew and evolved so much throughout the novel, and it was a pleasure to be on this journey with them...though it's all a little too spoiley to talk about!
The novel was co-written by three authors I've read before, Cynthia Hand (Unearthly trilogy), Brodi Ashton (Everneath trilogy), and Jodi Meadows (Incarnate trilogy, Orphan Queen duology). When I heard that the three were writing together, I was immediately intrigued. I'd also seen all three together on tour and knew they had great chemistry! Having so many hands in the pot may not sound like it would work, but it does: Each author takes on the viewpoint of a major character, from King Henry Vi to Lady Jane Grey to Lord Gifford Dudley. We get to know the ins and outs of all three characters, and by diving into their heads this way, get to care for all three. These are flesh and blood characters, not shapeless caricatures. The format works so well, and it's exciting that the trio will work together again to produce at least two more novels: MY PLAIN JANE in 2018 about Jane Eyre and Charlotte Brontë, and MY CALAMITY JANE in 2020, about CALAMITY JANE. So if you love history mashed up with magic and humor in such a way, that it becomes brand-new, keep an eye on this trio's future releases!