historical fiction • romance •humor
“Do any of us have a choice where destiny is concerned?”
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?
As you should know by now, historical fiction is not up on my game, until I read this. This was one Hella book! What to say, this book was stupidly funny and enjoyable at every single page.
This book was set during the reign of young Edward VI. In this retelling, the authors unveil what is the “true story” behind the history we all knew. The Authors did a very creative spin on how the actual history went, and I personally thought that every single alteration was crafted in such a clever manner. The authors are telling us the story about the tension between Verites and Eðians, a different group of people where the latter could transform into animal.
The book was told in a narrative way from a third person point of view. In fact there were parentheses added here and there adding the unexpected fun to the story.
Jane couldn’t seem to catch her breath. (And it wasn’t just that her corset was too tight, although it was. Extremely.)
This book wasn’t the laugh-out-loud-‘til-bursting-tears kind of book. But this book was fun in its stupid kind of way that once every few pages got me snorting out loud. I really enjoyed my time reading this, because this is a very light read, surprisingly funny and got me wanting to know more about the Tudors back then.
I would recommend this book to you whether you’ve known the real history about Lady Jane Grey or not. I started reading with a little knowledge about it and ended up knowing more after reading this (well, the knowledge mostly from my research rather than the story). But still, if you are looking for a light and fun read, this is the book you’ve been looking for (historical fan or not).