The Raven's Heart

The Raven's Heart

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"Jesse Blackadder has all the hallmarks of a great historical fiction writer, achieving a fine balance of thoroughly researched atmospheric detail and suspenseful story. . . . In The Raven's Heart she doesn't hit one wrong note."-- The Sunday Telegraph

Scotland, 1561, and a ship comes across the North Sea carrying home Mary, the young, charismatic Queen of Scots, returning after thirteen years in the French court to wrest back control of her throne.

The Blackadder family has long awaited for the Queen's return to bring them justice. Alison Blackadder, disguised as a boy from childhood to protect her from the murderous clan that stole their lands, must learn to be a lady-in-waiting to the Queen, building a web of dependence and reward.

Just as the Queen can trust nobody, Alison discovers lies, danger, and treachery at every turn.

This sweeping, imaginative, and original tale of political intrigue, misplaced loyalty, secret passion, and implacable revenge is based on real characters and events from the reign of Mary Queen of Scots.

The Raven's Heart is a breathtaking epic from a bold, fresh voice. Winner of the Varuna HarperCollins Manuscript Development Award, The Raven's Heart was published in Australia in 2011.

Jesse Blackadder finally had enough of people asking if she was related to Rowan Atkinson, star of the BBC sitcom Blackadder . She traveled to Scotland to find the origins of her surname and discovered the ruins of Blackadder House on the banks of the Blackadder River. The Raven's Heart grew from there. Jesse lives in Byron Bay, Australia.

Publisher: Ann Arbor, MI : Bywater Books, 2012.
Edition: Bywater Books 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781612940274
1612940277
Characteristics: ii, 463 p. : maps ; 22 cm.

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ChristchurchLib Dec 16, 2014

Alison Blackadder has one goal in mind when she becomes a lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots: to use her newly acquired social status to seek vengeance against the clan who destroyed her family and stole her birthright. Alison, who spent her childhood disguised as a boy to evade her father's enemies, proves to be an ideal companion for Mary, an independent but vulnerable young woman with powerful enemies of her own. This dramatic debut by Australian writer Jesse Blackadder is inspired by the author's family history. Historical Fiction newsletter December 2014.

ChristchurchLib Dec 16, 2014

Alison Blackadder has one goal in mind when she becomes a lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots: to use her newly acquired social status to seek vengeance against the clan who destroyed her family and stole her birthright. Alison, who spent her childhood disguised as a boy to evade her father's enemies, proves to be an ideal companion for Mary, an independent but vulnerable young woman with powerful enemies of her own. This dramatic debut by Australian writer Jesse Blackadder is inspired by the author's family history. Historical Fiction newsletter December 2014.

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Apr 09, 2011

It was okay. Made me really sorry for Mary Queen of Scots. But it was a bit feminist girly try-hard. Female lead was too obviously a modern invention.

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