Welcome to my blog tour spot for Hild by Nicola Griffth
Today I want to tell you all about this new release from Nicola, my review will be coming next month but below is a taste of what this book is all about.
Hild is born into a world in transition. In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, often and violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods’ priests are worrying. Edwin of Northumbria plots to become overking of the Angles, ruthlessly using every tool at his disposal: blood, bribery, belief.
Hild is the king’s youngest niece. She has the powerful curiosity of a bright child, a will of adamant, and a way of seeing the world—of studying nature, of matching cause with effect, of observing human nature and predicting what will happen next—that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her. She establishes herself as the king’s seer. And she is indispensable—until she should ever lead the king astray. The stakes are life and death: for Hild, her family, her loved ones, and the increasing numbers who seek the protection of the strange girl who can read the world and see the future.
Hild brings a beautiful, brutal world—and one of its most fascinating, pivotal figures, the girl who would become St. Hilda of Whitby—to mesmerising, unforgettable life.
Praise for Hild
‘Deeply engaging ... her insight into human nature and eye for telling detail is as keen as that of the extraordinary Hild herself. The novel resonates to many of the same chords as Beowulf, the legends of King Arthur, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones - to the extent that Hild begins to feel like the classic on which those books are based’ - Neal Stephenson
'Vivid, vital, and visceral, Hild's history reads like a thriller' - Val McDermid
'You could describe Hild as being like Game of Thrones without the dragons, but this is so much deeper than that, so much richer. A glorious, intensely passionate walk through an entirely real landscape, Hild leads us into the dark ages and makes them light, and tense, and edgy and deeply moving. The research is flawless, the characters fully alive' - Manda Scott
'Nicola Griffith is an awe-inspiring visionary, and I am telling everyone to snatch this book up. Hild is not just one of the best historical novels I have ever read - I think it's one of the best novels, period. It sings with pitch-perfect emotional resonance, and I damn well believe in this woman and everyone she engages. I finished the book full of gratitude that it exists, and longing for more'
- Dorothy Allison
- Dorothy Allison
'What a fabulous book! Hild has all the joys of historical fiction - transportation into a strange, finely detailed world - along with complex characters and a beautiful evocation of the natural world. But the tensions of the gathering plot make Hild feel like a quick read - too quick! I fell into this world completely and was sorry to come out. Truly, truly remarkable' - Karen Joy Fowler
‘I was utterly enthralled. This book is a triumph.’ — Robin Sloan
‘Hild is a book as loving as it is fierce, brilliant and accomplished. To read it felt like a privilege and a gift.’ — Amal El-Mohtar, NPR
‘…dazzling… Griffith’s lyrical prose emphasizes the savagery of the political landscape, in which religion, sex, and superstition are wielded mercilessly for personal gain.’ — Rachel Abramowitz, Paris Review Daily
‘A book that deserves a place alongside T.H. White, to say nothing of Ellis Peters. Elegantly written—and with room for a sequel.’ — Kirkus
‘Splendid...not only beautiful but also meaningful... I can hardly wait for the next.’ — Brian Attebery, Los Angeles Review of Books
‘Griffith triumphs with this intelligent, beautifully written, and meticulously researched novel.’ — Booklist
‘Hild is magnificent, an urgent, expansive pleasure... The world changes within the book, within Hild, and within the reader lucky enough to fall under its power. It is a rich and inspired work of fiction.’ — Lambda Literary Review
Nicola Griffith has won a Nebula Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, the World Fantasy Award and six Lambda Literary Awards. A native of Yorkshire - now a dual US/UK citizen - Nicola is a onetime self-defence instructor who turned to writing full-time upon being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1993. She lives with her wife in Seattle.