Series: The Lady Janies Book 1
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Length: 512 pages
Audiobook Length: 13 hours and 46 minutes
First Published: 2016
Hand, Ashton, and Meadows collaborate to write a snarky and not very historically accurate portrayal of Lady Jane Grey, who was the Queen of England for nine days. To secure the throne for Jane instead of his half-sister, a dying King Edward marries Jane off to a stranger, Gifford. But when Gifford turns into a horse, Lady Jane sets off with him on an epic adventure to save England.
At first, I had a difficult time getting into this extremely snarky young adult novel. Yet, the more I accepted its utter silliness, the more fun I had. The trio of writers brilliantly removes the Catholic-Protestant battle and replaces it with a battle between the supporters of Eðians, people who can change into animals, and those who think this is pure wickedness. With a Monty Python feel and plenty of magical shenanigans, My Lady Jane is a quirky lighthearted read. I particularly recommend the audiobook version.
In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind YA 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 gets to be Queen of England.
Like that could go wrong.
About Cynthia Hand
Cynthia Hand is an author of several young adult books, including the Unearthly trilogy, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, and The How & the Why. With Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows, she has co-authored the Lady Janies Series: My Lady Jane, My Plain Jane, and My Calamity Jane. She currently lives in Boise, Idaho. Visit the author’s website →
About Brodi Ashton
Brodi Ashton is an author of several young adult books, including the Everneath series and Diplomatic Immunity. With Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows, she has co-authored the Lady Janies Series: My Lady Jane, My Plain Jane, and My Calamity Jane. She currently lives in Utah. Visit the author’s website →
About Jodi Meadows
Jodi Meadows is an author of several young adult books, including the Incarnate trilogy, the Orphan Queen duology, and the Fallen Isles trilogy. With Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton, she has co-authored the Lady Janies Series: My Lady Jane, My Plain Jane, and My Calamity Jane. She currently lives in rural Virginia. Visit the author’s website →