Fresh out of a box packed full of new and exciting books for Spearwood Library, we’re most excited about this one: Hild, by Nicola Griffith, has been getting all kinds of buzz around its November release, and it seems to have something for everyone.

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, Hild will satisfy your longing for more blood-and-treachery fantasy (although it’s actually based on fact)…

If you powered through Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, Hild is meticulously researched and brilliantly evocative of another time in English history, complete with political machinations and turmoil in the throne room…

And if you remember how it felt to read Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, you’ll be thrilled by the otherworldly feel of 7th-century Britain and its battle between the old pagan religions and the new, untested Christian one.

Hild herself was a real person, although the sum total of historical knowledge about her could be written in less than a paragraph. She is remembered for being a clever and energetic woman, a teacher and abbess, and an advisor to kings.

With her new book, Nicola Griffith took the opportunity to research and invent the world around Hild and create her story, as it very well might have been.

Visit the library catalogue and reserve Hild, by Nicola Griffith today!