The sequel to the much-beloved Hild spans a few short years after the end of the first book. Hild, now lady of Elmet and wife to Cian Boldcloak, remains King Edwin’s seer—but what she can see is terrible. War is coming, and Edwin will not have his godmouth tell him that he isn’t the one who will win it. Even more than the first book, this tale is wrenching. But Griffith’s unparalleled ability to evoke the era allows the reader to observe Hild as she leaves behind her role as seer and becomes instead a new kind of leader—one rooted in a love of the land and her people, and aware of her place among both.