My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you know anything about British history, then you’ve heard about this queen. One who ruled for only 9 days, but was earnest, intelligent, and amazingly well-read. She was young but determined. Honest but inexperienced. And she died much too soon. In this version of history, Lady Jane lives in a world full of Effians and Verities, or as we would call them: were-beasts and humans. This alternate reality uses the linchpins of past events, but claims to tell the “true” story of how everything went down. I’ve been fascinated by Lady Jane’s story, and I loved this telling of the well known (and bloody) story because of the self-aware humour and wish fulfilment in evidence. Jane lives and is given opportunities to prove herself and find her life’s purpose. She’s loved by a man who deserves her. It’s what we would have wished for the young queen, and I have no issues with magic used to bring those ideal events about. She gets her much deserved happily ever after, and we get to laugh as she finds her way to it.