The young King of England is dying. Edward VI, only at sixteen, must now decide who inherits the crown. This is not easy as the kingdom is grappling with hostility and uneasiness towards Edians; humans with the ability to shape-shift. Between his two elder sisters whose loyalties he’s still not sure of, Edward decides to place his kingdom in unexpected hands — his cousin Jane. To ensure the line of succession, Jane is arranged to marry the son of one of the king’s advisors, who’s absence from court sparks quite the rumors about his lifestyle, such as his whereabouts when the sun is out. Unbeknownst to the king and his cousin, forces are on the move to disrupt the power in England, starting with the hunt against Edians…
Personal Take: I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this, but from the first page, it was clear that it was going to be a fun read– and oh, how fun it was. The book covers the three point of views; King Edward, his cousin Jane and her betrothed Gifford, each with their own dilemma. It seemed to balance well until halfway through, when three people were just too much for one book (I know George R.R. Martin does more, but I can’t explain it!). The tone was hilarious- I have not laughed this much while reading in so long! As the authors warned at the beginning of the book, it’s really loosely based on historical events, but it didn’t feel too scandalous as the book was meant to be comical all the way.
The book was predictable towards the end, but I enjoyed the lightheartedness. I wouldn’t mind reading the next book for more laughs.
Audience: Mostly older teens and readers.