Book review – Daughter of a Thousand Years
Review by Becky
Greenland, AD 1000 More than her fiery hair marks Freydís as the daughter of Erik the Red; her hot temper and fierce pride are as formidable as her Viking father’s. And so, too, is her devotion to the great god Thor, which puts her at odds with those in power—including her own brother, the zealous Leif Eriksson. Determined to forge her own path, she defies her family’s fury and clings to her dream of sailing away to live on her own terms, with or without the support of her husband. New Hampshire, 2016 Like her Icelandic ancestors, history professor Emma Moretti is a passionate defender of Norse mythology. But in a small town steeped in traditional values, her cultural beliefs could jeopardize both her academic career and her congressman father’s reelection. Torn between public expectation and personal identity, family and faith, she must choose which to honor and which to abandon. In a dramatic, sweeping dual narrative that spans a millennium, two women struggle against communities determined to silence them, but neither Freydís nor Emma intends to give up without a fight.\
Available on Amazon.com: Daughter of a Thousand Years
This is another masterpiece of storytelling spanning the ages and yet with a central core that captivates the reader through a superb set of characters and honest humanity. Such a powerful theme not just of womanly independence and freedom but the question of faith and equality and respect. Themes that are still so important now, as well as back in the 10th century.
The reader can't help but become immersed in the world of Freydis and Emma, connect with their challenges against Kin, Laws, and Society as each tries to stand up for what they believe in a world that is changing or does not accept anything against the norm. The mysterious yet captivating character of Sonung may be familiar from Amalia Carosella's alter-ego Amalia Dillon (Thor & Eve Trilogy) but yet at the same time is unique from the aforementioned stories. He also perfectly reflects the world Freydis lived in where the Vikings believed that the Gods did walk amongst them and could appear as strangers to their believers.
I absolutely loved this book and it will now be one of my many special favourites, not just because it features Vikings, and a powerful often overlooked female Viking at that, but simply due to the superb quality of the writing and the passion that flows through it from start to end.
Want to adventure throught the lands of the Vikings? The height of the Vikings is an amazing period of time and there is a lot of great fiction that is based on historical facts from that period and place. Rebecca Wilson has written a guide to the genre and to some of the best works in the genre.
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