Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Source: The library.
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Goodreads Summary: 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?
I think teens and adults alike with be delighted by what My Lady Jane has to offer. The characters are complex. There is a great romance. The story is full of adventure and crazy backstabbing court antics. What's not to like?
Although I love the setting and the magic, the characters really make this book. The pages are filled with interesting characters. We have King Edward who is dying. Lady Jane, who is forced into a marriage and not too happy about it. Last but not least, we have Gifford, who prefers to be called G and spends his days as a horse who just so happens to also be Jane's new husband. There is also a full cast of other minor colorful characters that you will get to meet, but since I am anti-spoilers I won't go into detail about them. I will tell you that the relationship between G and Jane is the best! It was a blast watching their relationship grow throughout the novel.
The only con of this book was that it took me a few tries to get into it, but I'm not sure why. I think part of it was that the length of the book made me a little cautious. It wasn't a problem though. It may be longer, but it was completely entertaining pretty much the entire time.
What did I really take away from this book? I want to be able to transform into an animal. ;) I think I would like to turn into a wolf or maybe an owl. Any animal would be nice though. I'm not picky.
The Verdict: I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but I would if more of them were like this one! My Lady Jane will be a sure hit with many. It's one book you shouldn't pass up. You will probably regret it if you do.