• by Nicola Griffith
  • Narrated by Pearl Hewitt
  • 23 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A brilliant, lush, sweeping historical novel about the rise 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 over-king 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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Escape into a past world

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if that friend was really into local history and enjoyed audiobooks.

What other book might you compare Hild to, and why?

Any historical novel but a lot more detailed.

What about Pearl Hewitt’s performance did you like?

Pearl Hewitt has the ability to transport you into the world of these characters. She has a very easy voice to listen to and convincing accents. She became a reassuring voice on my commute to and from work. I'll miss it actually.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The loss of kyan's wife and baby was particularly moving and I had very mixed emotions at the end of the story.

Any additional comments?

This was a very ambitious first audio book and it took me a while to get into the story and follow who the characters were. It would've helped if the author gave a bit more description at the start of each chapter as to where the characters were. A little confusing at times.

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- Clare

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-12-2013
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio