- Page Count: 491
- Release Date: June 7, 2016
- My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads book description:
The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.
I CANNOT EXPLAIN HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK. I was expecting semi-serious historical fiction, but it’s more like the Monty Python version of the drama between Henry VIII’s kids.
I don’t want to ruin any of the plot, so I’ll just say this book is hilarious. Basically, the story starts out adding its own twist on history, but then ends up chucking history out the window and rewriting a happier ending for King Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, and Lord Guildford Dudley. All of the familiar faces like Elizabeth I, Bloody Mary, and Mary Queen of Scots are featured. And the new ending could totally still fit in with actual history!
There were SO many hilarious references and actual lines pulled straight out of Monty Python and The Princess Bride. And I loved how Gifford’s character kept coming up with a ton of Shakespeare’s future lines.
The way everything fit together was so incredibly clever, too. The romance and action were even well done… I have zero complaints. I would 100% read this kind of story for every executed monarch throughout history. I really want one for Marie Antoinette!
Side note: whether or not you’ll adore this book really depends on your sense of humor. I think Monty Python’s funny, though, so I loved it! It’s just a really lighthearted, silly read.