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Hild

(2013)
(The first book in the Light of the World Trilogy series)
A novel by

 
Awards
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Nebula Awards Best Novel (nominee)
A brilliant, lush, sweeping historical novel about the rise of one of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages: Hild

In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods are struggling, their priests worrying. Hild is the king's youngest niece, and she has a glimmering mind and a natural, noble authority. She will become a fascinating woman and one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby.

But now she has only 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 her surroundings closely and predicting what will happen next--that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her.

Her uncle, Edwin of Northumbria, plots to become overking of the Angles, ruthlessly using every tool at his disposal: blood, bribery, belief. Hild establishes a place for herself at his side as the king's seer. And she is indispensable--unless she should ever lead the king astray. The stakes are life and death: for Hild, for her family, for her loved ones, and for 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 Middle Ages--all of it brilliantly and accurately evoked by Nicola Griffith's luminous prose. Working from what little historical record is extant, Griffith has brought a beautiful, brutal world to vivid, absorbing life.

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Hardback Editions

July 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Hild
Author(s): Nicola Griffith
ISBN: 0-349-13422-7 / 978-0-349-13422-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Blackfriars
Availability: Amazon UK   


November 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hild: A Novel (The Light of the World Trilogy)
Author(s): Nicola Griffith
ISBN: 0-374-28087-8 / 978-0-374-28087-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

October 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Hild
Author(s): Nicola Griffith
ISBN: 0-349-13423-5 / 978-0-349-13423-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Blackfriars
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October 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hild: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Griffith
ISBN: 1-250-05609-8 / 978-1-250-05609-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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July 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Hild
Author(s): Nicola Griffith
ISBN: 0-349-13424-3 / 978-0-349-13424-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Blackfriars
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

July 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hild: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Griffith
ISBN: 1-4272-5923-2 / 978-1-4272-5923-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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December 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Hild: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Griffith
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


December 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Hild: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Griffith
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hild
Author(s): Nicola Griffith
Publisher: Blackfriars
Availability: Amazon UK   


November 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Hild: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Griffith
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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