A spellbinding and subversive queer recasting of Arthurian myth by the legendary author of Hild
The girl knows she has a destiny before she even knows her name. She grows up in the wild, in a cave with her mother, but visions of a faraway lake come to her on the spring breeze, and when she hears a traveler speak of Artos, king of Caer Leon, she knows that her future lies at his court.
And so, brimming with magic and eager to test her strength, she breaks her covenant with her mother and, with a broken hunting spear and mended armour, rides on a bony gelding to Caer Leon. On her adventures she will meet great knights and steal the hearts of beautiful women. She will fight warriors and sorcerers. And she will find her love, and the lake, and her fate.
Nebula and Lambda Award-winning author Nicola Griffith returns with Spear, a glorious queer retelling of Arthurian legend, full of dazzling magic and intoxicating adventure.
Praise for Spear
Praise for Nicola Griffith's Hild
"Extraordinary . . . [Hild] resonates to many of the same chords as Beowulf, the legends of King Arthur, The Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones.”
“As loving as it is fierce, brilliant, and accomplished. To read it felt like a privilege and a gift.”
“One of the best novels, period.”
“Sharp as steel, clear as garnet, essential and sensual and right, Griffith's telling of Hild's adventures offers us something far better than mere comfort: the lure of the sublime.”
—The Seattle Times
“Terrific . . . Griffith has taken what little is known of the life of St. Hilda and imagined a vibrant, if brutal, world... Hild [is] a pleasure to sink into.”
—The Washington Post
“Nicola Griffith is an awe-inspiring visionary . . . I finished the book full of gratitude that it exists, and longing for more.”