Hi everyone! I did the thing again where I go to the library, knowing I don’t have a lot of time to read, and I left with 6 books. Luckily, I decided to start with My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. If this isn’t on your tbr list, add it- you are missing out!
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?
It’s been a few days since I’ve read this and I haven’t thought of one bad thing to say about this book. I usually get pretty swept up by a book and have to take a few days between reading it and writing a review so I can evaluate it more clearly, but my love for this book has only grown in the last few days.
This book was laugh-out-loud funny. Seriously, I was laughing out loud on every single page! Between the characters’ personalities, the unique writing style, and the parenthetical asides, this book was a laugh riot. The characters were justs so relatable and sincere, and this really helped get the humor through.
The parenthesis (see the summary above) were amazing. I think I liked that it is very similar to how I think and speak, with my mouth saying one thing and my mind thinking another. The parenthesis really helped convey the humor and they were a great way to get inside the characters’ heads.
Speaking of the characters, they were all amazing and very well-written. I think all of us can relate to Jane, what with her bookish ways and her internal (and external) wit. G is someone I wish we could have spent some more time with, but his POV was also really fun. Edward (long live the king) had a lot of character growth that was interesting to read.
The setting of the book was that amazing historical fantasy blend that I love so much. Add comedy to that and it gets even better! The authors spread the themes around pretty evenly, so it was never too overwhelming.
I also love how the narrators incorporated themselves into the story. It was original, funny, and really helped with the character growth and plot development.
I find it amazing that three people could work together so well to create such a great story. I am glad that I read this around Labor day, because I got a great deal on my purchase of book two!
If you haven’t read this book, you should head to your bookstore or library to get it ASAP.