Hey all! I just wanted to introduce you to this amazing story, hot off the press on November 1, 2016. I have been waiting for this one for a while! After reading, and loving, God’s Daughter, book one in the Vikings of the New World Saga, I was intrigued by this forest child named Freydis.
Here’s the synopsis straight from the Author’s mouth:
“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.”
Forest Child is a definite page turner! Freydis is probably one of the most complex characters I have ever read! Since the book is written in first person, it really allows the reader to get inside her complicated head. Several times I found myself shouting, in my mind of course, “no, Freydis, no! Don’t do it, Freydis!” But you guessed it, she does it anyway! True to the Viking stories of old, there is a fair amount of violence and mayhem! None of it is sugar coated, but that’s the reality of the time! Is there room for redemption, even for someone like Freydis? You’ll have to read it to find out!
I would give Forest Child a definite five star rating….but because this blog is primarily about biology and in memory of the berserkers of this time period, I’ll opt for a Five+ Mushroom Rating!
You can read other testimonials from Author readers on Heather’s website.
HEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather is a graduate of Bob Jones University and is married to her college sweetheart. Having recently returned to her roots, she and her husband are raising their three children in the same home in which Heather grew up.
Heather’s Viking historical novel, God’s Daughter, is an Amazon Norse Bestseller. She is also the author of the bestselling A Murder in the Mountains mystery series. Her mystery, Trial by Twelve, was the 2015 Grace Award winner for Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense. Heather also authored the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.
Disclaimer: I was given an advanced reader copy of Forest Child in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation of any kind has been received.