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My Lady Jane

Title: My Lady Jane
By: Cynthia Hand

1553 turns out to be a very interesting year in England. King Edward VI has been poisoned and apparently is dying. Soon, his cousin Lady Jane Grey will take the throne—but for only nine days. You see, there is also the issue of the Edians, who can change from a human into an animal and who are both feared and respected. One of Edward’s closest advisors, John Dudley, is plotting to get rid of Edward and marry his son Gifford to Lady Jane.

Edward, who has been locked in a tower, manages to escape. Meanwhile, Jane learns that her new husband Gifford is an Edian horse who becomes human at night. (Of course, Jane is the last to know.) Edward’s sister Mary, angry that the line of succession has skipped her, removes Jane from the throne by showing up with an army and imprisoning her. As Jane and Gifford sit in the tower of London, they learn that Edward is still alive. They escape imprisonment and set out to find him and help him do away with Mary. Edward eventually makes it to his grandmother’s house, far away from London. In the course of his journey, he gets help from a Scottish girl named Gracie and his sister Elizabeth, who insists that they ask the French for help.

With a growing army of Frenchmen and a group of unsavory Edians whom Gracie knows, the time has come to take back Edward’s throne from a power-hungry queen.

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Posted by pughc on July 27, 2016 at 12:47 p.m.
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