The Raven’s Heart by Jesse Blackadder & Giveaway (Int’l)

December 3rd, 2012

The Raven’s Heart:  A Story of a Quest, a Castle and Mary Queen of Scots by Jesse Blackadder is an epic tale that is full of treachery, intrigue, obsession, love, and the battle for power in 16th century Scotland.  I was completely and fully immersed in this novel and putting it down was very much out of the question which says a lot for this book as it is almost 500 pages.  I’ve said this many times but novels such as The Raven’s Heart are exactly why I enjoy historical fiction so much.  I was a little familiar with Mary, Queen of Scots but in reading this novel I learned so much more about her and I loved that.  The Raven’s Heart is a perfect mix of history and fiction and it’s sure to please any historical fiction fanatic!

Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots and Alison Blackadder, seemingly two women with nothing in common and yet over the years will form a strong friendship.  When Mary first meets Alison she meets her as a boy named Robbie.  Alison has spent her childhood disguised as  a boy to protect her from her own family and it’s all she knows and is comfortable with.  Mary is returning home after being in France for thirteen years and her arrival is much anticipated by both Alison and her father William Blackadder.  They hope that the young Queen will restore to them Blackadder Castle which was taken from them years ago but it’s anything but simple to accomplish this.

To do so Alison will have to change everything about herself; the biggest of which is to become Alison once again.  The plan is for Alison to become a lady-in-waiting to the Queen and try to get as close to her as possible and then plead her and her father’s case to get their lands back.  Soon enough the Queen uncovers that Alison and Robbie are in fact the same person but instead of being really upset with it, she is more intrigued.  A woman disguised as a boy could travel much more freely, in turn hearing and learning much more.  The idea fascinates the Queen so much that she asks Alison to instruct her and her ladies on how to dress and act like boys.  On a few occasions when they venture out it becomes a dangerous pastime and definitely not one fit for a Queen.  The years pass and Alison, loving the Queen, is loyal to her throughout everything; even through things she isn’t especially proud of.  All in the hope of regaining her family’s birthright.

There are many characters in The Raven’s Heart and each is well developed in their role in the novel.  The novel is based on actual events from the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots and while Alison is a fictional character, the others are not.  That being said Alison was the perfect character and story line to weave into this tale of Mary, Queen of Scots.  Her story was believable as was she and with the woven in historical detail it was fascinating to read.  The writing is exceptional as are Jesse Blackadder’s descriptions of the court along with the gowns and the lands, and the people.  And yes the author’s surname is indeed the same as Alison’s.  Jesse Blackadder went on a quest to learn the origins of her name and discovered the ruins of the Blackadder House on the banks of the Blackadder River and hence The Raven’s Heart was born…



The Raven’s Heart by Jesse Blackadder is on tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours so be sure and visit the other tour stops.  You can connect with Jesse on her website, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.  Your own copy of The Raven’s Heart can be purchased on Amazon or Amazon Canada.


GIVEAWAY DETAILS (Open Internationally)

I have one copy of The Raven’s Heart by Jesse Blackadder to share with my readers.  To enter…

  • For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • For 2 entries, follow my blog.  If you already do let me know so I can pass the entry on to you as well.
  • For 3 entries, blog or tweet this giveaway.

This giveaway is open internationally and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, December 15/12.  Good luck!

Source: Review copy provided by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and the Publisher. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

37 Comments to “The Raven’s Heart by Jesse Blackadder & Giveaway (Int’l)”

  1. Mystica says:

    Thank you for making it open to all. Much appreciated.

    I follow you on GFC

  2. nan says:

    I could really sink my teeth into this one. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m an email follower.

  3. Anne says:

    An intriguing and compelling novel. I am an e-mail subscriber.

  4. Susan says:

    Darlene, this book sounds excellent, full of atmosphere and well-developed characters. Thanks for hosting a giveaway for it! I’ll add it to my list of giveaways on my blog.


    I’m a follower.

  5. Colleen Turner says:

    I love historical fiction! The fact that you state this book is an example of why you like historical fiction really makes me want to read it!

  6. Colleen Turner says:

    I am a GFC follower (Colleen Turner) and email subscriber.

  7. Colleen Turner says:

    I am a GFC follower (Colleen Turner) and email subscriber.

  8. Colleen Turner says:

    I am a GFC follower (Colleen Turner) and email subscriber.

  9. Colleen Turner says:

    I am a GFC follower (Colleen Turner) and email subscriber.

  10. sara hyman says:

    Book sounds interesting, and I just started following your blog.

  11. Margaret says:

    Any book invovling Mary Queen of Scots sounds good to me!


  12. Margaret says:

    GFC follower


  13. Margaret says:



  14. Suz Reads says:

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

    klaxon63350 (at) mypacks (dot) net

  15. Suz Reads says:

    I follow by e-mail!

    klaxon63350 (at) mypacks (dot) net

  16. Suz Reads says:


    klaxon63350 (at) mypacks (dot) net

  17. CassandraG says:

    Looks really interesting.
    Email follower

  18. ok, Darlene, you convinced me again that I should read this book.
    thanks for the giveaway.
    I follow u, and here is my tweet:
    ehc16e at yahoo dot com

  19. Carl says:

    This sounds so interesting and of course Mary is always a favorite historical figure. Please enter my name in the draw. Thanks.
    I follow you blog by email: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx
    I tweeted about the giveaway:
    Thanks again!

  20. Terry Martini says:

    I am always eager to read any story having to do with Mary Queen of Scots. Looking forward to reading this one.

    I follow by email.

    Tmrtini at gmail dot com

  21. Patricia N says:

    I love historical novels and this sounds like a good one! Thanks for the giveaway –
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  22. Patricia N says:

    I follow your blog via GFC as Patricia N
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  23. Hey there! I’d love to win a copy of The Raven’s Heart. Many many years ago I wrote a report for school on Mary, Queen of Scots. It would be fascinating to read the historical fiction version of her life.

  24. rhonda says:

    I am an email follower

  25. rhonda says:

    I am facebook follower.

  26. rhonda says:

    I am twitter follower at rhondareads will tweet

  27. Leah Weller says:

    Definitely on my must have list!

    I follow the blog and posted a link for this on my FB page.

  28. I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Mary Queen of Scots. This one sounds very good! GFC follower!

  29. Mary Preston says:

    I already have “The Raven’s Heart: A Story of a Quest, a Castle and Mary Queen of Scots” in my sights. My kind of read.


  30. Mary Preston says:

    GFC: Mary Preston

    Email Subscriber


  31. Linda B says:

    Would love to win this book. I’ve only read about Mary Queen of Scots as a sideline character in other HF novels. Thanks for the giveaway.

    extra entry – GFC follower

  32. zibilee says:

    I just started this one the other day, but I haven’t made much progress. I am loving it though!

  33. Ann Jordan says:

    It sounds intriguing~I love, love, love historical fiction!

  34. I am a GFC, twitter and facebook follower. (Rita_h @ My Home of Books)
    I tweeted about your giveaway:
    Thanks for the chance to win! It looks like such a good read!

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