The authors, Hand (Everneath series), Ashton (Unearthly series), and Meadows (Orphan Queen/Incarnate series) may be the glue that kept me engrossed. I've read their individual work, despite the fact that I am not a fantasy fan. These have to be some gifted writers who can make me invest in their previous novels of angels, nosouls, and immortals. I found myself wondering how they so cleverly tied together a cohesive novel, and according to their website (ladyjanies.blogspot.com/p/home_26.html), they each gave voice to one of the three revolving narrators, Edward, Gifford, and Jane..
Many reviewers describe the novel as part Monty Python, part Princess Bride. While I love Python, that fantasy issue makes me struggle with Princess Bride. As with any historical fiction, Tudor England's most important political figures (Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Jane, and the boy king, Edward, inhabit the pages of the novel.
There are Edians (shape-shifters) and Verities (those who are unable to turn into lions, horses, or falcons, oh my). Yet, this fantastical addition doesn't take away the connection of modern audiences to the narrative. G is a closet poet with equine tendencies, and the novel is full of anachronisms and allusions that will feed historians, film buffs, and pop culture fanatics.
Historical fiction lovers will enjoy their insider knowledge, humor lovers will appreciate all the inside jokes, and avid readers will become engrossed in the story of a girl thrust into the spotlight, whether she wanted to be or not.