Review of My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Updated: Aug 21, 2020
This first book in the Lady Janies trilogy is funny, and smart, with clever asides, wonderful character development, and fantastic banter. Irresistible. I loved it.
I'd had My Lady Jane on my to-read list for a couple of years, and the only good news resulting from this inexplicable delay is that now all three of the books in the Lady Janies trilogy (each is a stand-alone, creative retelling of a famous Jane's story) are published, so there will be no impatient waiting for the others in the series.
Are you interested in a historical fiction retelling of the story of King Edward, Lady Jane Grey, and Mary Queen of Scots--with an oddball fantasy element in which the life-and-death conflict is not religion, but the rights and very existence of Eðians (those who shape shift into animal form, including the king)?
Yes. Yes, I think you are.
This is funny, and smart, with clever asides, wonderful character development, and fantastic banter. Irresistible. I loved it.
This book is part of the Greedy Reading List Three Offbeat Series I Just Started and Love.
What did you think?
I don't always enter willingly into reading a retelling of a well-known story, but this one is bonkers in the best way possible. The tensions of the real-life situation are creatively altered, the facts are toyed with extensively, and Hand and her co-authors get to real-feeling emotions, connections, and character development.