L J MacWhirter
A vivid, richly textured tale of fantastic imagination, secrets and historical sexism.
Liz MacWhirter is an international award-winning advertising copywriter and an accomplished presenter. Born just outside London, she grew up between steam-punk Manchester and suburban Tudor Cheshire and now lives in Edinburgh with her family.
Black Snow Falling takes place almost 500 years ago in 1592 where a girl with spirit is a threat. Ruth is the spirited daughter of a bereaved merchant-turned-nobleman. In his long absence, a noose slips around Ruth: she is betrayed and is trapped by desperate sexism. Ruth has secrets - an old book of heresy belonging to her father, a dream that haunts her and love that she and Silas hide from the world. When she is robbed of all she holds true, her friends from Crowbury slide into terrible danger. Ruth’s devastation breaks apart time. She sees that her hopes and dreams are a visceral halo of rainbow colours spinning to white and that evil dream thieves are severing these halos from sleeping victims, many of whom she knows.
This ‘powerful new mythology’ about hope overcoming evil is written with satisfying moral complexity for bright young adult readers to enjoy.