When I decided to read
The book tells an alternate history to what actually occurred in the life of Lady Jane Grey. The story takes on three perspectives Lady Jane’s, her young husband Gifford (who is named Guilford in history), and King Edward. My Lady Jane takes a fantastical twist on a sad historical event and turns the tale into a rollicking good time. Jane’s devotion to reading I felt made perusing reading seem more appealing to young people. Her bad attitude also made her easy for me to relate to. I would describe this book as a mixture of the 1985 film Ladyhawke and the timeless comedy of The Princess Bride.
Each chapter is written from the point of view of one of the three main characters. As a concept I found the divided chapters charming and effective in keeping the story moving. But there were a few chapters devoted to Edward that I felt could have moved more quickly or been removed entirely. As a whole each chapter comes together to flesh out the story but for the 10 or so pages occasionally Edwards chapters are of him behaving immaturely so that we, the readers, will understand when he has a sudden character shift.
Apart from that I thought that the story was sweet, tasteful, and it incorporated history in a loose way that might encourage young ladies that are not familiar with the true story to do a bit of research. The authors are clever about how they include magical elements and they are masters of tension. They are able to create a friendship forged by hardship between the characters but then they add just enough suspense to keep the readers reading.
Another element that makes this book well worth a read is the narrators voice. They take the opportunity to point out facts or to make fun of themselves in a way that is refreshing and humorous.
If you are a history buff before a fantasy fan I would recommend that you set your inner history lover aside before you pick up this book. The history is always secondary in this story which makes it possible for the characters to have a happily ever after in what is based on a tragedy.
As a high school aged girl I spent countless hours with stories and I think this one would have been a smashing addition to my collection. If you are looking for an engaging story of fantasy, adventure, history, and romance this book is for you. It is a story that has a little something for women both young and old.