Nicola Griffith with Neal Stephenson — 'Menewood'

The long-awaited sequel to Hild—bigger, bolder, bloodier, and even more medieval than the beloved original.


Third Place Books is thrilled to welcome local author Nicola Griffith to our Lake Forest Park store! Griffith will be discussing the highly anticipated second book in her Hild Sequence, Menewood. She will be joined in conversation by Neal Stephenson, the author of Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash, Anathem and, most recently Termination Shock. This event is free and open to the public.

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About Menewood. . .

In the much anticipated sequel to Hild, Nicola Griffith’s Menewood transports readers to seventh-century Britain, a land full of rival kings and rival religions, poised for revolutions like the world has never seen. Hild—now eighteen and married to her forbidden childhood love, battle-scarred and triumphant—is no longer a bright child who charms and dazzles the court with seemingly supernatural insight. But she remains one of the king’s most trusted advisers, both seer and warrior, which makes her formidable in a volatile court, and also subject to His Majesty’s most dangerous whims. She has never been stronger or more vulnerable.

And war is brewing: old alliances are fraying, the priests are impatient to displace the old religions, vengeful rivals are antsy, the king is greedy and dangerously confident. Change is in the air, even if Hild is the only one who can clearly sense it. She wants to protect her own—her family, her friends, her land—but is that enough? For them? For her? As she fights to survive the turbulent times, her life will be rocked by unimaginable loss and grief, and a new strength will be forged, as her vision for a new kind of future emerges and Menewood takes root.

In the last decade, Hild has become a beloved classic of epic storytelling. Menewood picks up where that heroine’s journey left off, and exceeds it in every way.


Praise for Menewood. . .

Menewood is the most extraordinary historical fiction […] it feels profoundly true.”
—Maria Dahvana Headley, author of Beowulf: A New Translation

Menewood is an absolute triumph. Hild is truly a hero for all women, here and now.”
—Carolyne Larrington, Professor of Medieval European Literature, University of Oxford

Hild is a book as loving as it is fierce, brilliant and accomplished. To read it felt like a privilege and a gift.”

“The novel resonates to many of the same chords as Beowulf, the legends of King Arthur, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones—to the extent that Hild begins to feel like the classic on which those books are based.”
—Neal Stephenson

Nicola Griffith (she/her) is a dual UK/US citizen living in Seattle. She is the author of award-winning novels, including Hild and Ammonite, and her shorter work has appeared in Nature, New Scientist, New York Times, and more. She is the founder and co-host of #CripLit, holds a PhD from Anglia Ruskin University, and enjoys a ferocious bout of wheelchair boxing. She is married to novelist and screenwriter Kelley Eskridge. Her most recent works include Spear and the forthcoming Menewood.

Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of the novels Fall; or, Dodge in HellThe Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. (with Nicole Galland), SevenevesReamdeAnathemThe System of the WorldThe ConfusionQuicksilverCryptonomiconThe Diamond AgeSnow CrashZodiac, and the groundbreaking nonfiction work In the Beginning . . .Was the Command Line.

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