Scotland, 1561, and a ship comes across the North Sea carrying home Mary, the young, charismatic Queen of Scots, returning after 13 years in the French court to claim back control of her throne. The Blackadder family has long awaited 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.
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.