— Mark Tiedemann
In Hild, Nicola Griffith---author of Slow River and the Aud Torvingen series---surprises and amazes with a rich, holistic journey to 7th Century England as seen and experienced through the eyes of Hild, a young girl whose mother dreams of her as The Light of the World and thereby predestines her for greatness. We watch Hild grow to young womanhood and learn to make her way in a world dominated by men, warring kings, shifting politics, and new religions, establishing herself as a power. Hild offers us a look at a corner of history usually shrouded by the label The Dark Ages, hidden in mystery, too often unrecorded, and fraught with the possibilities of disparate futures. Hild herself is based on the actual person who later became St. Hilda of Whitby, meriting a brief but significant mention by the Venerable Bede. This novel is a journey, a full-sensory experience of another time, another place, and a heroine for the ages. -- Mark's Holiday Staff Pick, 2013
WINNER OF THE WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
In seventh-century Britain, a new religion is coming ashore and small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. Hild is the king's youngest niece, with a glittering mind and a natural authority.
She is destined to become one of the pivotal figures of the Early Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby. But for now she has only the powerful curiosity of a bright child and the precarious advantage of a plotting uncle, Edwin of Northumbria, who will stop at nothing to become overking of Angles. Hild establishes a place for herself at his side as the king's seer, and she is indispensable--as long as she doesn't lead Edwin astray. The stakes are high--life and death--for Hild, for her family, and, increasingly, for those who seek the protection from this strange girl who seems to see the future. Drawing from the few records history has left us, Nicola Griffith has brought the young Saint Hilda's harsh, but beautiful, world to vivid, absorbing life.