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.
About the Author
Nicola Griffith is a native of Leeds, England. At eighteen she moved to Hull, where she taught women's self-defense--to groups as diverse as the Equal Opportunities Training Unit and the Union of Catholic Mothers--and was the lead singer/songwriter for the all-woman band, Jane's Plane. She is the author of Ammonite and Slow River, which between them have won the Nebula Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award, and two Lambda Awards. Ms. Griffith currently lives in Seattle with her partner, writer Kelley Eskridge.