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 King Artos of Caer Leon, she knows that her future lies at his court.
And so, brimming with strength and magic, she breaks her covenant with her mother, and rides for Caer Leon on a bony gelding, with mended armor and a stolen hunting spear. 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.
Nicola Griffith is the author of the novels Ammonite, Slow River, The Blue Place, Stay, Always, So Lucky, and Hild as well as the multimedia memoir And Now We Are Going to Have a Party. Her books have won two Washington State Book Awards, the Nebula, Otherwise/Tiptree, and World Fantasy Awards, and six Lambda Literary Awards. She is the founder and co-host of #CripLit and co-edited of the Bending the Landscape series of original queer fantasy/science fiction/historical stories. A wheelchair boxer, Griffith holds a Ph.D. from Anglia Ruskin University and is married to writer Kelley Eskridge. She is a native of Yorkshire, England, and now lives in Seattle.
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