Despite being set during a sad time in English history (post Henry the 8th and all that), My Lady Jane (HarperTeen, 2016) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows is a laugh out loud book. I laughed so much my husband read the book when I was done.
The authors’ dedication gives you some insight into what’s coming:
For everyone who knew there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.
And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.
We’ve all wanted to rewrite the ending of a story. These ladies have rewritten the whole story and with great verve in their alternate version. But yet there are moments that reflect the familiar story. And some people who really existed, although maybe not quite in the same way…
The novel is about sixteen-year-old Edward King of England and his sixteen-year-old cousin Jane Grey and G, who is a horse by day and a man by night. It’s about Edians (I don’t know how to force the special character for the d) who are “blessed (or cursed, depending on your pint of view) with the ability to switch between a human form and an animal one.” And Verities who thought animal magic was “an abomination that needed to be eradicated immediately.”
This book has ompelling page turns, humor, pathos, anger, tongue-in-cheek humor (yes, I know I said humor twice), betrayal, a giant bat (yes, you heard me) and even love.
The three authors have also published solo books. Cynthia Hand is a New York Times bestselling author–read about her books here. Brodi Ashton is also a NY Times bestselling author. Read about her here. Jodi Meadows writes scifi and fantasy and you can read about them here.