Author Event: My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Join us for the launch of My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.
- Date: 06/08/2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- Location: Downtown Library - Community Room
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, California 94063
- Introduction: Three great authors. One fabulous book. Who doesn't want to be Queen for a Day (or Nine)? Tiaras encouraged.
The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane,coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind hilarious fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, True Love, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.
Publisher Weekly's Review of My Lady Jane
Hand (the Unearthly series), Ashton (the Everneath series), and Meadows (the Orphan Queen series) clearly had a ball working on this joyous rewrite of the story of Lady Jane Grey and King Edward VI, and readers will have just as much fun with it. The authors follow history to the point of tragedy, then toss it aside to allow love and good to triumph. One significant tweak is the creation of a shape-shifting people called E∂ians, such as Jane’s new husband, Lord Gifford Dudley, who spends his days as a horse and his nights as a man. This version of England is full of E∂ians, and Edward’s power-hungry sister Mary (aka Bloody Mary) is one of the Verities who want to purge the country of them. Alternating third-person narration scrolls smoothly among Edward, Jane, and Gifford in chapters packed with hilarious banter, authorial asides, and polite avoidance of nudity as characters shift into and out of animal forms at inopportune moments. It’s an uproarious historical fantasy that’s not to be missed. Ages 13–up.