Title: My Lady Jane
Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Synopsis: 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?
King Edward is dying and has no heirs. In an effort to keep the throne in the family, he makes the decision to make his cousin, Lady Jane Grey, the next in line for the throne. Edward also betroths Lady Jane to Gifford Dudley in hopes that they will one day produce a male heir for the throne. The only tiny problem with Gifford (or G), is the fact that he is horse by day and a boy at night. G is what you would call an Edian. Edians are people who possess the magic to turn into an animal whenever they wish.
The characters in this book were phenomenal. As a bookworm and slightly shy character, Jane was a character I could easily connect with. The fact that she brought fifty books on her honeymoon was simply the best. She is sharp, quick, and has a heart to help others.
While G may have a reputation with the ladies, the truth is quite the opposite. G spends his days as a horse, galloping through fields and munching on hay, and spends his nights reciting his own poetry. Because he is embarrassed of his poetry, he lets other believe that he spends his nights with women to cover up the real reason he is out all night.
Then we have King Edward. Poor King Edward has been given only a few months to live, but his health is declining very rapidly. He hopes that his dear cousin Jane won’t hate him for betrothing her to a perfect stranger. Oh, and he is also going to die without having ever kissed a girl. The tragedy.
My Lady Jane is just so darn entertaining. This book is light, silly, and will have you laughing from start to finish. I don’t read near enough books with humor so I was very excited to start this one and I was not left down. There were so many moments I was snorting and laughing out loud that my husband wanted to know what was so funny.
I have so much love for this book and I genuinely wish that there was going to be a sequel for this book. I did not want to leave this hilarious and raucous world. My Lady Jane is the first book I have read by all of these authors and I will be reading their other work very soon.
4 out of 5 stars
Meet The Authors
Brodi Ashton writes Young Adult novels. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Her debut series, the Everneath trilogy, is available now. My Lady Jane (HarperCollins) comes out June 7th, 2016. Diplomatic Immunity (HarperCollins) hits shelves Fall 2016.
Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the Incarnate Trilogy and the Orphan Queen Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen), and a coauthor of My Lady Jane (HarperTeen).
*A Kippy is a cat.
You can find all these lovely ladies at their shared Twitter account.