“No horse jokes,” he said.
“My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book—unharmed!—I will give you a carrot.”
He brandished the book at her. “Was that a horse joke?”
“Was that a horse joke?”
King Edward of England is dying and he has arranged for his cousin Jane to marry Gifford to secure the line of succession. Unfortunately, Jane is much too preoccupied with her books whereas Gifford turns into a horse every dawn against his own will, and it is a peculiar match that will test their mettles.
Meanwhile, a political conspiracy is afoot, and this revisionist retelling follows Jane, Gifford, and Edward on their journeys in this perilous romp.
***Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Comedy
Ahh, what a lovely read this was! I went in with a fair amount of expectation for this book after reading positive reviews from trusted bloggers, and I emerged not in the least disappointed: My Lady Jane is a fun, light-hearted, and hyperbolic read (in the most delightful sense), and it had me chuckling all the way throughout the story.
Because for one, it is campy to the max. The authors blast all formalities out of the water with modern slang, feminist angles, and cheeky fourth-wall breaking that informed me early on that this was not one to be taken too seriously, and it was delightful how the authors gave no qualms about maintaining temperance nor historical accuracy.
On the other hand, it was impressive how the utter ridiculousness of the premise never overshadowed the plights of these characters. Whether it be Edward’s preoccupation with kissing a girl before he dies, or Gifford’s inability to prevent himself from transforming into a horse, none of these far-fetched plot points stymied these characters from being realistic or compelling to me, and I was wholly invested in them.
Particularly in our two main characters. The amour between Jane and Gifford rivaled that of The Princess Bride (movie) as their dynamic was heartfelt and passionate yet hilariously quirky at the same time, and although I felt the hate-to-love trope was executed just a tad quickly, in the context of an unapologetically campy and linear plot, a rushed romance did not feel as jarring as it ordinarily as it would’ve felt to me.
Bottom line, this a book where if you roll with the punches, you’ll have a great time. It’s not meant to be taken seriously, yet the characters themselves are smart, realistic, and self-aware, and thus the events of this book felt compelling to me in turn: the plot is funny, but you do care about the character journeys in the end.
“Because he was English and that’s what the English do under stress: they drink tea.”
Recommended? Oh yeah.
I’d say this is a perfect book for a reading slump. It never takes itself too seriously, yet there’s a compelling narrative to hold your interest amidst the action-filled romp, and I highly recommend it to those who need a stress-free read that delivers a sincere plot with hilarious characters whom you can be emotionally invested in.
So for ages 13 and up! If you loved A Gentleman’s Guide’s To Vice and Virtue, you will adore this as the humor in both of these books are birds of the same feather.
Bottom line: Sooo much fun!
Now let’s be frank: is this book going to sweep the literary awards? Neigghh. However, I went in understanding that this book was meant to be a somewhat frivolous and entertaining read, and in that regard, this book wholly delivered: it was sassy, comical, and over-the-top, and it was just an absurdly fun ride.
Therefore, I give this book 4.5 stars. It knew what it was trying to be (an unapologetically campy adventure), and I had a blast reading it.
My rating: 4.5 frogs