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Hild by Nicole Griffith

A historical novel driven by political intrigue. I have not read Nicola Griffith’s other novels, but I have heard that she has an uncanny ability to evoke a different time and place with her writing. I can see that in Hild. Drawing the reader into the seventh-century Anglo-Saxon world, signals the making of a trilogy. Through the influence of her mom, three-year-old Hild’s path is set. As the niece of a powerful king, Hild finds her place as an influential advisor and prophetess to the king. It’s not the easiest job in the world and she probably could be executed should her advice prove not favourable.

The prose is beautiful and transports you directly into that era. Nicola Griffith has written a beautiful fantasy novel, devoid of dragons and demons, but with a play on all the mystical elements that one expects to see in such a period piece. 

Hild is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, and distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books.

Review by
@ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)