The novel begins accurate and true to the historical events and facts (but with a tiny fantasy twist). Being a sixteen-year-old girl, Lady Jane Grey is not interested in the court life. What she cares about are her studies and her books. However, her avaricious, selfish and hunger for power parents, decide otherwise. Jane is forced into the marriage with Gifford Dudley the boy she never met and who is super weird and can turn into a horse (What?!). If being married to a complete stranger is not enough, soon after a roller coaster of court intrigues, Jane finds herself on English throne. Overwhelmed, she surprisingly finds sympathy and support in her husband who turns out to be pretty darn cute! (Very cute!)
From there on the authors went wild with the history and created their own version of the story, which I absolutely adore! Always felt sorry for poor Jane Grey and how she was caught in the middle of other people’s ambitions. However, here Jane gets justice and her story takes another turn.
I bought this book couple of years ago when there was all the hype around it. Then put it on my bookshelf and never reached for it. Now I finally did, and my only thought is WHY THE HELL I DIDNT READ IT EARLIER??? At least I don’t have to wait long until Book 2 is released. Omg, it might be my new favorite books of all time! I swear Jane and Gifford are the cutest couple!
I love the twist on the history the authors made. Sometimes the re-tellings don’t quite work and turn out weird and don’t make sense but here it’s done flawlessly. I enjoyed the shapeshifters part and it fitted the story.
Besides, I think it is such a cool idea to re-write stories of the famous Janes with a twist. Cannot wait to read the next book in the series, which is a Jane Eyre re-telling.