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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 25.4mm | 553g
  • Ann Arbor, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1612940277
  • 9781612940274
  • 556,124

About Jesse Blackadder

Jesse Blackadder: Jesse Blackadder was born in Sydney, Australia. She is an award-winning short story writer and a freelance journalist. The Raven's Heart is her second novel. She is currently writing her next novel about the first woman to reach Antarctica.
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Rating details

294 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 25% (73)
4 39% (114)
3 28% (82)
2 5% (14)
1 4% (11)

Our customer reviews

It is not often I say this about a book, but this one grabbed and held me from the first page. Ms Blackadder is a masterly writer with active and descriptive prose, which not only engaged immediately with the young and confused Robbie/Alison, but took me with her through the Edinburgh streets of a dirtier, harder time and into a royal court where every nuance is watched closely, the rules of survival and success are unyielding and there is little compassion or love to be had. Alison jumped off the page and accompanying her through her everyday life as Robbie, the queen's spy, , her 'Raven', as well as her conflicts when she tries to live as Alison, was fascinating and beautifully drawn. This is also the story of Mary Queen of Scots, although mixed in with some poetic licence, one of the most beautiful royal women whom all men wanted to own and influence, but were willing to betray. This is a long, complicated story that deals with all Queen Mary's battles with unruly Scots lords and her own husband. It's a deeply emotional, and quite raw story in that the 16th Century was no time for faint hearts, where forced marriages and murder were a way of life. Anyone who enjoys reading about this era and will love this book and it will create a new fascination for the tragic queen. I can honestly say I look forward to Ms Blackadder's next more
by Anita Davison
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