Hild is based on life in the 7th century. The setting is Britain. The author immediately puts you into this world. The issue is the language, or terms used. I found myself starting to focus on the language instead of the story plot.
Once you work through the language the characters become interesting. There are many characters which is to be expected it is a book containing 536 pages.
This is a book for those readers who like historical fiction. It puts the reader into this violent time of plots, double plots, and a young girl trying to find her place in this world.
I found it challenging at times, but I am glad that I read it.