I read this book during the summer. I also recommend it. It's an interesting, well-written book in its own right. I found that the podcast helped my understanding of the book and the book also helped my understanding of the podcast. I often had trouble keeping places like Lindsey, Elmet, and Rheged straight and distinct in my mind while listening to the podcast, but reading lots of narrative accounts of characters in places like those or dealing with politics involving those kingdoms really helped me to keep better track of them all.I think the author plans two more volumes in this fictional biography of Hilda. At the end of the first book, Hild is still a very young woman and not a nun/abbess, and Edwin is still alive and ruling, so there's a lot more ground to cover. It will be interesting to see what the author has in store for the fictionalized behind-the-scenes stuff when Hilda gets involved in religious and political intrigue and power-broking, and how she presents the many conflicts between Northumbria and Mercia and between Ecgfrith and Wilfred that we're only learning about now in the podcast.