News & Reviews

Early reviews

Elizabeth Wein. Award-winning author of Code Name Verity.

A wildly original Elizabethan fantasy, steeped in atmosphere and dark beauty. Deliciously creepy.

David Robinson. Literary Critic. The Scotsman 2000 – 2015.

For a novel of such breathtaking imagination, Black Snow Falling also has a deep sense of history and its characters are satisfyingly complex. It’s rare to find all three at once, let alone fused together so effectively, and in all my time as The Scotsman’s books editor (15 years and another 10 as deputy) I don’t think I ever have.  I recommend it highly.

Keith Gray. Award-winning author of The Ostrich Boys.

This superb debut is a richly textured tale full of vivid history and fantastic imagination.

Anna Claybourne. Award-winning author of I Love This Tree.

A powerful new mythology.

Kathy Evans. Award-winning author of More of Me.

A strange and enchanting tale.

Jennifer Robertson. Author. 

Black Snow Falling by L J Macwhirter pushes the boundaries of imagination, superbly crafted, multi-layered, a book of hope for our dark times, a book that will endure. This book is set to become a classic for all ages.

Andrew Lindsay. Reviewer. 

MacWhirter’s writing is the gateway to a wonderful new universe which I’m sure will only go from strength to strength. The depths of her imagination, and impressive literary talents place MacWhirter amongst the very best of current fantasy writers. I cannot wait to watch her career unfold as I’m sure it will be brilliant. Black Snow Falling is the sort of writing we need at a time when hope for some can feel very far away.


Review of Black Snow Falling by The Book Witch on Publication Day 1st August 2018

Ann Giles’ review on The Bookwitch shows what Black Snow Falling offers teen readers in particular. She says that she, too, may have had a dream or too stolen at some point. And she makes an excellent point about “this very beautiful volume” needing a ribbon bookmark 🙂



Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018

I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be appearing at two events at EIBF 2018, just after the hardback launch of Black Snow Falling. The novel is also up for the EIBF FIRST BOOK AWARD – if you love it, please do vote!

11 August 18.30-19.30 FEISTY FANTASY with Alice Broadway and LJ MacWhirter

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15 August 17.30-18.15 EIBF Amnesty Imprisoned Writers Series with Suria Tei and LJ MacWhirter

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EIBF First Book Award – please vote!

As a debut novel, Black Snow Falling is a nominee for the EIBF First Book Award. If you love it, please do vote here!

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The Bookseller January 25 2018

Scotland Street Press launches YA list

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