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Published by HarperTeen on June 7th 2016
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Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…
Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…
Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.
The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?
This one was hilarious, witty, and full of magic. But there was just something missing that didn’t let me rate this one a full five stars. I think part of it was that I wasn’t happy with the ending because View Spoiler »no one died…. like if you’re going to write about this time period, SOMEONE should die. There was a lot of death « Hide Spoiler. And I thought that some of the jokes that were lines from The Princess Bride and Shakespeare were meh. However, I thought the retelling of history was really well done. I liked that there was a fair amount of things that did happen and how the magic was integrated with the rest.
I don’t really have anything bad to say about any of the characters or the plot or anything overall. I had a couple moments where I was bored but I would attribute those to a lag in the overarching plot or because the characters weren’t all together. I did however think that magic appeared at Convenient Times for all the characters and for the story. It was made to be that the Eðian was rare but it seemed like EVERYONE was able to change into an animal. Which is fine except it felt convenient and as if there was no other way to get the plot to move forward so there was a person turning into an animal.
I really love THE PRINCESS BRIDE so sure, it was great to see quotes from it and MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL and Shakespeare, but it just felt forced in a way. Like “here are these references that you the reader will understand but the characters probably wouldn’t actually say if they hadn’t seen the movie” and I’m just meh about that. I am not really a fan of that sort of thing unless the novel is a specific retelling (so say, it was an actual retelling of a Shakespeare play and some of the lines were verbatim, I like that).
I did like that the authors were the “narrators” though and interjected with things every so often. However, it made me feel like I was reading a play rather than a novel. Which is fine, I didn’t mind it, but it also brought me out of the story a bit sometimes.
Overall, this is a fun “Historical Fiction” novel and if you are a fan of The Princess Bride, history, and/or just general shenanigans, this is the book for you!
I think Dani will enjoy this one because of the characters, romance, and the magic. This is the kind of novel that I think Dani will eat up tbh. She will love Jane and root for her and G to get together and she will hate Edward at the beginning but love how he grows as a person and character at the end. I think Dani should pick this one up immediately.