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(Light of the World, #1)
by Nicola Griffith
- Characters: Hild of Whitby, Edwin of Deira
- ISBN: 9780374280871 (0374280878)
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Awards: Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2013), John W. Campbell Memorial Award Nominee (2014), Washington State Book Award for Fiction (2014)
- Author: Nicola Griffith
- Language: english
- Genres: fiction, historical, fantasy, medieval, lgbt, queer, adult
- Series: Light of the World, #1
- Release date: November 12, 2013
- Format: hardcover, 546 pages
About The Book
Hild is born into a world in transition. In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, usually 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 is a young woman at the heart of the violence, subtlety, and mysticism of the early medieval age — all of it brilliantly and accurately evoked by Nicola Griffith’s luminous prose. Recalling such feats of historical fiction as Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter, Hild brings a beautiful, brutal world — and one of its most fascinating, pivotal figures, the girl who would become St. Hilda of Whitby — to vivid, absorbing life.
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