Author: Heather Day Gilbert
Publisher: Heather Day Gilbert
Publication Date: November 20th, 2013
One Viking woman. One God. One legendary journey to the New World.Review:
In the tenth century, when pagan holy women rule the Viking lands, Gudrid turns her back on her training as a seeress to embrace Christianity. Clinging to her faith, she joins her husband, Finn, on a voyage to North America.
But even as Gudrid faces down murderous crewmen, raging sickness, and hostile natives, she realizes her greatest enemy is herself--and the secrets she hides might just tear her marriage apart.
Almost five centuries before Columbus, Viking women sailed to North America with their husbands. God's Daughter, Book One in the Vikings of the New World Saga, offers an expansive yet intimate look into the world of Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir--daughter-in-law of Eirik the Red, and the first documented European woman to have a child in North America.
This novel is based heavily on the Icelandic Sagas.
I just have to start off by saying, I love vikings! I have since the time I studied them in high school. Their way of living was very progressive for their time...yes, a bit bloody, but it's one time in history that I love to see more of. I'm a bit hooked on History Channel's Vikings.
However, when it comes to reading, there hasn't been much I've spotted from this time for settings in novels. Then one fabulous day last year, this gorgeous cover caught my eye and I was sold. Heather graciously contacted me in asking to read her book and I jumped at the chance.
I do have to contradict Heather in the author's note, she states she is no expert, but I have to beg to differ. She was able to build and create the world of Gudrid and the people she lived with superbly. The characteristics and mannerisms of the characters and the way they live was very real as you read through this novel. Her passion and study of this time really shown through the words as you dove further into the exploration of this new land Gudrid and husband have come to, to explore and bring the treasures of the land home to Eirik, who lent them his boats.
Freydis is a friend and one of the few other women in the community that has been set up in this new land, and the girl has spirit to her, but as her stories unfolds around Gudrid, you just hurt for her. She is so strong in the beginning and after so many trials she faces, you watch her fade, but she does her best to live up to her heritage as being Eirik the Reds daughter.
I really liked this story and the uniqueness of the setting. Heather was able to bring these old tales back to life on these pages and it was a wonderful treat to read!
4.5 out of 5
About the Author:
Thank you to the author, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.