Monday, July 18, 2016
Book Review: "My Lady Jane," by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
About the book:
Edward 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 is Edward's cousin, and far more interested in books than in 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 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?
The first word that comes to mind when I think about this book is "hilarious." It's just filled with humorous moments, subtle jokes, and spirited dialogue. It's history the way we wish it had really happened with a big splash of fantasy to make it all possible. The story switches between the vantage point of our three heroes (Edward, Jane and Gifford) so we know what's going on in the heads of each character as the story evolves. This makes the characters very real and three-dimensional. Even the narrator-authors are a character who jump in from time to time with a funny aside or explanation of a particular plot point or deviation from history. I tore through all 491 pages in a weekend because I couldn't stop reading. My Lady Jane is a riotous romp through history, and I can't wait for the authors' next collaboration.
About the authors:
The Lady Janies are made up of Brodi Ashton, author of the Everneath series and Diplomatic Immunity; Cynthia Hand, New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series and The Last Time We Say Goodbye; and Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate and Orphan Queen series. They first met in 2012, when their publishers sent them on a book tour together. Between the three of them, they've written thirteen published novels, a bunch of novellas, a handful of short stories, and a couple of really bad poems, but this is the first time they've taken a stab at writing a book together. They're friends. They're writers. They're fixing history by rewriting one sad story at a time. Learn more at www.ladyjanies.com. Follow The Lady Janies on Twitter and Facebook.
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