For those of you who didn’t know yet, I received My Lady Jane as part of my June OwlCrate box (more about that here). I was super proud to have guessed the book right, however, I didn’t actually know what it was about. I knew that it was some sort of alternate historical novel, but I had never heard of Lady Jane Grey before (I am totally oblivious to some things … such as the succession history of British monarchs). I definitely didn’t expect the book to be as hilarious as it was though, even though multiple reviews have claimed that already. Humour, after all, is something very subjective.
I don’t really want to spoil you for the story, because where’s the fun in that? But the special spin on the story is that it’s fantasy – there’s a definite element of magic in form of Eðians (pronounced as eth-y-uns). Said people are able to transform into certain animals, yet not all of them can control their change. It’s so very interesting to find out how the different animals correspond with characteristics of the people. The country is split between those capable of that ancient magic and those not, which in turn just creates a prime example of racism (or magicism … no idea). Also, the book covers female empowerment as well, with grace and humour like nothing I have seen before.
So, the book treats those really important topics, while being funny and entertaining to no end at the same time. It has strong characters, which I am sure you can find part of yourself in without a problem. Jane, foremost, is so outspoken and bookish, she could really be any of us!
Nonetheless, the book is not flawless, how else could it be? Sometimes the pacing is a bit wonky and it doesn’t go as in depth with the characters as it maybe could, but that is what makes it such a light and enjoyable read and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! It has one of the sweetest and most on point happy endings I have seen and I am still so very glad that I got it in the OwlCrate box! Now, I am only hoping I am right for July as well (my guess is on This Savage Song)!
Fazit: 5/5 stars! Will make you laugh out loud in public places without shame, because it’s just that good!
Have you heard of My Lady Jane? Do you want to read it? Which animal would you turn to, what do you think?