I enjoy quirky books and My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows was a fun, entertaining and very quirky book. In the 1500’s, there are two types of people: Verities, what we know as non-magical, and E∂ians (pronounced eth-y-un), shape-shifters, or people who can change into animal form.
Sixteen-year-old King Edward is dying and he needs to figure out who is going to succeed him after his death when all he really wants to think about is his first kiss. His cousin Jane is more interested in books than romance. Edward decides to marry Jane off in order to secure the line of succession, skipping over his two sisters. There is something weird about her intended, Gifford who prefers to be called G. Gifford is an E∂ian and involuntarily shape shifts into a horse. He spends his days galloping around a s a noble steed and then turns back into a human at dusk.
Edward is close to dying when he overhears a plot to kill him. Soon Edward, Jane and G are running for their lives and trying to stop a conspiracy that could doom the King and the Kingdom. They will need to rely on a gang to help them take back the Kingdom and save the E∂ians from death.
This book was so much fun. The characters were quirky, sharp witted and at times a little frustrating. What an interesting twist on history where people can turn into animals. There were times I was laughing out loud and other times trying not to cry. I highly recommend this fun young adult romp through the 1500’s and make sure to put the entire series on your to be read list. Next up, My Plain Jane.
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?
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat