July 16, 2015
As Black as Ebony, by Salla Simukka
After a harrowing summer in Prague, Lumikki Andersson is back in Finland at her prestigious art school, concentrating on graduation. She lands the lead role in the school’s modern-day adaptation of “Snow White” and finds herself facing a new distraction—Sampsa, the boy playing the role of the huntsman, who has an undeniable allure that makes Lumikki conflicted about what, and who, she wants. As Lumikki starts falling into something more than just her role on stage, a shadow is cast over the production when she begins receiving creepily obsessive love notes. Lumikki can’t ignore the increasingly hostile tone of her admirer’s messages, and when the stalker threatens mass violence at the play’s premiere, Lumikki knows she must discover who is behind the menace and stop the person at all costs. With a foe who has a heart as black as ebony, does Lumikki have any hope of saving those she loves?
I recently finished reading “As Black as Ebony” and am sad to see this trilogy end. Although, it would be possible for it to be extended, in my opinion! This book has Lumikki back at school after her crazy summer in Prague and she is even starring in her school’s adaptation of “Snow White”, which was interesting. Lumikki starts receiving anonymous and mysterious messages, which eventually lead her to make a shocking discovery about her past. Just like the other two books, this one is interesting throughout and makes the reader want to keep reading to find out just what is going on. I really enjoyed the entire trilogy and wouldn’t mind a bit if the author decided to write a few more!
Winner of the 2013 Topelius Prize, Salla Simukka is an author of young-adult fiction and a screenwriter. She has written several novels and one collection of short stories for young readers, and has translated adult fiction, children’s books, and plays. She writes book reviews for several Finnish newspapers, and she writes for TV as well. She lives in Tampere, Finland.