Book Recommendation: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Sometimes history takes a turn for the worst, but not when you can create alternate history by making it a fantastic, hilarious romp as is done in the book, My Lady Jane. This novel was written by authors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (The Lady Janies) and published by HarperTeen in 2016. The writers basically take history and butcher it in the most enjoyable way possible. Tudor England is much improved with the addition of animal shapeshifters and the amazing Lady Jane Grey keeping her head . . . literally.

My Lady Jane quote-So. Her husband was a horse. And no one had told her.


History tells us that Lady Jane Grey ruled as Queen for nine days before she was beheaded, but is that the real story? Yes, actually. It’s history. But three brave writers decided to take a different look at this tale and give it a better (ie. happier) ending. This story begins with young King Edward, who is dying. In order to secure the line of the throne, he asks his bookworm of a cousin, Jane, to marry Gifford (call him G), who spends his nights at poetry readings and his days as a horse. Yes, you heard that right, a horse.

“Pay attention. We’ve tweaked minor details. We’ve completely rearranged major details. Some names have been changed to protect the innocent (or not-so-innocent, or simply because we thought a name was terrible and we liked another name better). And we’ve added a touch of magic to keep things interesting. So really anything could happen.

“This is how we think Jane’s story should have gone.”

However, the unwilling newlyweds and the soon-to-be-deceased king are unaware of the plots they are caught between concerning the animal-shifting Eðians and the Verities who despise them. Soon our three heroes are running for their lives, bumping into Scottish pickpockets, smelly grandmothers, and mythical bears. Jane, G, and Edward must take back the throne and save England, but can they do it without losing their heads?

“Armies aren’t very good about carrying libraries with them. I can’t imagine why. We’d fight so much less if everyone would just sit down and read.”

If you loved My Lady Jane, then keep an eye out for future Jane books such as My Plain Jane and My Calamity Jane.

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