Hild: A Novel

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The beauty of the medieval historical novel Hild is that it is a story about a woman who becomes a powerful and inspirational figure during the Middle Ages, unlike other historical fiction novels of this nature, from the likes of Bernard Cornwell, Jack Whyte, and Ken Follett, which feature leading male characters in all their books, with female characters playing a secondary, minor role.

Such is not the case with Hild, telling the story of a young girl who is full of life and determination, who has a certain special ability to predict what may happen and soon gains the ear and respect of Edwin of Northumbria in his effort to overthrow the Angles. The book follows her life, growing to become a powerful woman and eventually one of the pivotal figures of the period: Saint Hilda of Whitby.

ln Hild, Griffith isn’t looking to tell your average medieval historical novel of back to back action scenes and historic battles, but a moving story of people interacting and living through this tumultuous time and what they did to make a difference. And then of course, there is the captivating cover to draw any reader in.


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Author Nicola Griffith
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 560 pages
Publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publish Date 2013-Nov-12
ISBN 9780374280871
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Issue April 2014
Category Historical Fiction
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