My Lady Jane tells a fictional tale of Lady Jane Grey, in history crowned Queen of England for little more than a week, before being beheaded. These three authors tell a rather different story, using some historical facts such as being crowned Queen, but then veering into fantasy to rewrite Janes’s future, or rather her past, into a happy ending. This young adult novel was a refreshing change from other fantasy-adventure tales in the genre. The dialog is filled with satire and humor, some of which is very modern, and told with a sly wink. I found myself smiling, and at times laughing out loud at some of the exchanges between Jane and her husband Gifford.
The premise is true to history, I think. Edward, cousin to Jane, dies at an early age, having left Jane as his heir (although in this book, he doesn’t die). The authors stay true to some historical facts. Edwards sister Mary, claims herself the true heir, and puts Jane in the Tower and then beheads her a week later. These authors thought Jane, a book lover, got robbed of happiness, so used fantasy to create a solution on how to save her life. Instead of religion being the catalyst, they used hatred between a race that could turn into animals, and regular old humans, who could not. Although this sounds like a very serious topic (If there were people who could turn into animals it would be!) the authors filled the dialog with humor and Jane was a sassy heroine, making the book lighthearted and rather goofy.
If you enjoy a book that is part fantasy, romance and history, is filled with funny dialog and quirky characters, then this book needs to be at the top of your TBR pile. I would recommend this book based on the dialog alone, it was cleverly written and kept me on my toes. I didn’t want to miss a quip or quibble!
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