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Book Review: “Forest Child” by Heather Day Gilbert

I’m so excited to share about this book. Why? Because I adored it. But I’ll get to that in my review…

 

Forest Child (Vikings of the New World Saga, #2)

 

Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert

Book Two in The Vikings of the New World Saga

 

About the Book:

Viking warrior. Dauntless leader. Protective mother.

Determined to rise above her rank as the illegitimate “forest child” of Eirik the Red, Freydis launches a second voyage to Vinland to solidify her power and to demand the respect she deserves. She will return home with enough plunder to force her brother, Leif, to sell her the family farm in Greenland.

But nothing can prepare her for the horrors she must confront in Vinland…and nothing can stand in her way when her family is threatened.

In her race to outrun the truths that might destroy her, Freydis ultimately collides with the only enemy she cannot silence—her own heart.

Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable, conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life. This immersive tale is Book Two in the bestselling Vikings of the New World Saga.

 

My Review:

 

I devoured this book. Wow. How does one put coherent words together after reading a Heather Day Gilbert book? I’m blown away each time.
Ever since reading “God’s Daughter” (book one in this series), a year or two ago, I was hooked and anticipating a sequel. And it’s finally here! “Forest Child” was amazing. And raw. And…a little shocking, yes, disturbing, maybe….but still amazing. Mrs. Gilbert captures the Viking life-style in such a real way. It is so beautiful. I love her books so much!
It was so great getting to really know Freydis more through this book, and reading through her point of view. She could be frustrating (she didn’t always listen to my advice. ;)) but I loved her. What a strong character. The lessons she learned too were so good.
When I read both “God’s Daughter” and “Forest Child”, it is very much like watching a person’s life unfold before you. It’s so very real, and you’re swept away in it. Each character is so well-constructed, it isn’t any trouble imagining them as the real life characters they are.
Now, this book is not for the faint of heart. No, it was rather gruesome to be honest. There were several parts that were hard to read. But also key to the story. So yes, they were on the gruesome side, but it gave understanding to the reader. It helped shape and mold the story.
They’re Vikings, after all. And vikings weren’t all cushy, always nice people. Mrs. Gilbert shows their strengths and weaknesses very well.
I loved it though. Absolutely. Reading it felt so good, and I can’t wait to read it again. Describing The Sagas best would be by saying they are real and raw.  And so well written.
So yes, in conclusion, this book met my expectations so very much so. I would highly recommend it be read by a mature audience, probably no younger than 18 or so, because of the unfavorable events shown in this book.
However, those of you who love a good Viking historical series with real depth, these books are for you. :)
Thank you SO much to Heather Day Gilbert for providing a copy of this book! Reading and reviewing it has been my pleasure. :)
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Character Love

My literary crush is

 

I have a list. No, I’m serious. That is what I am posting. :D  I have a tendency to, well, fall in love with good, strong, (and most of the time, gruff,) guys in books.  Not every book, mind you, but when a book has one of those kind of guys, it’s hard not to fall in love. ;) So, without further ado, here is my list. And it’s not in order, because I couldn’t choose who’d be first. :)

  • Mr. Thornton of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Captain Wentworth of Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Loginus of The Thief by Stephanie Landsem
  • Aric of For Such a Time by Kate Breslin
  • Mitch  of Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma
  • Xavier of Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma
  • Jace of Heart of India series by Linda Chaikin
  • Sir Bentley of the Knights of Arrethtrae series (“Sir Bentley and the Holbrook Court”) by Chuck Black
  • Salmone  of Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar
  • Snorri Thorbrandsson of  God’s Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert
  • Enosh of The Well by Stephanie Landsem
  • Darius of Harvest of Rubies/Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar
  • Prince Turveydrop of Bleak House by Charles Dickens (No snickering, please).

I think that is about it…though I’m sure I’m missing some ;)

I definitely have favourite female characters too, but haven’t yet created that list. Maybe I’ll work on that soon. :)

Who are your favourite male and female characters, and why?

 

 

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“God’s Daughter” by Heather Day Gilbert – an excellent Viking read!

Hello dear readers. :)
I have another book review to share today. I had a lot of feelings and thoughts after finishing this book, and I’m not sure how to get them all across here, but I will certainly try! :)

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Title: “God’s Daughter” Book One in the Vikings of the New World sagas.
Author: Heather Day Gilbert
Source: Review copy from author
Number of pages: 323
My rating (0-5): 5 stars.

Description of book:

One Viking woman. One God. One legendary journey to North America.

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.

My review:

As soon as I received this book and opened it’s beginning pages, I knew I was going to love it. First of all you should know, I’ve always loved the history involving vikings. I find it so interesting.
“God’s Daughter” is super well-written. It captivates you. I really liked how uniquely it was written, truly.
I loved Gudrid. Her character was very relateable for me right now. I love a character that you can understand what she is going through. Towards the end when she just felt tired from all the death (sorry for that spoiler!), I identified; I grieved. Because I understand her feelings of being so weary.
God always has me read books at the perfect time, and I think this was one of those. I’ve been tired and worn lately. There has been a lot going on. That allowed me to relate to Gudrid and reading this book has allowed me to also ‘grieve’ in my own way. When I finished it, I felt this deeper sadness in me, and I thought it was due to the book, but, I think more accurately, it is that the book just let all that surface in me.
Now, I don’t want you to think this is the most depressing book – because it is not! It is a very good book, and one I’ll keep close. Yes, it’s evident about the struggles involved, but that is partly what makes it such a good read. It’s a real book, not just a ‘fluffy’ one.
And there is happy parts in the book – I smiled many times during my time reading.
“God’s Daughter” is an excellent book. It’s enlightening to the time period, and teaches you more without you even realizing it. It’s a rich book. The ages I would encourage to read this book would be from at least 16 years old and upward, only for some minor scenes of the pagan rituals and minor marriage references. Nothing huge at all, as it was all carefully written.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and am eager for more in the series! I would definitely recommend this book.

Thank you so much, Mrs. Gilbert, for sending me a review copy! I am truly grateful! Well done on an excellent novel. :)

More about the author:

Heather Day Gilbert enjoys writing stories about authentic, believable marriages. Sixteen years of marriage to her sweet Yankee husband have given her some perspective, as well as ten years spent homeschooling her three children. Heather is a monthly contributor to Novel Rocket, a site dedicated to bringing helpful information to authors.

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Note: I received “God’s Daughter” free from the author in return for my honest and unbiased review.