Well this was an absolute delight.
All the hype was true! I was a bit worried at first but the even at the introduction, I got it. I have to be honest though- I think this is the type of book that will really only appeal to you if this is your type of humor (very much British humor with nods to “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and even little references to “The Princess Bride” and “Tangled” – yep, the Disney movie.)
Not to mention, the story was absolutely charming. Granted, I wasn’t 100% familiar with the real story- but I feel like I am now, even though this stretched the truth by miles (literally… and with humans having the magical ability to turn into animals.) The narrators frequently interject the story providing hilarious tid bits of information on actual history. Even still, it was a super light read and the perfect book if you’re in the mood for comedic relief mixed in with a fantasy take on historical fiction.
Really, the dedication says it all…
For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.
And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”
It follows 3 characters – Jane, Gifford, and Edward – who all have their fun little personalities. I was entertained on every page. Needless to say, though this might have been a little predictable at times- I was still hyped up and rooting for all of them individually. I have to say, Gifford was probably my favorite. His personality was hysterical and he was so precious – though Edward was right behind him.
Even with all the humor, some of the legit quotes in here surprised me..
“The fool thinks he is wise,” G retorted. “But the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
Overall, this gets a standing ovation from me and a glowing recommendation- so long as you are clear on what to expect! Basically what I’m saying is this book is precious and needs to be a movie.
Lastly, if you’re looking for something similar- check out “These Vicious Masks”! This really reminded me of the humor in that book – both are a fun take on historical fiction with the added bonus of magic and comedic relief.