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.
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Lake Union Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 442 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Medieval Romance
Amalia Carosella is an author I discovered from her Helen of Sparta series, both of which are favorites of mine. Click on the titles to see my reviews Helen of Sparta and By Helen's Hand.
The author has written Daughter of a Thousand Years in dual time periods. Here we have two women born a thousand years apart and yet have the same struggles.
In present day there is Emma, daughter of a congressman up for reelection. Being raised in a Catholic home has not automatically made her what her parents want, secretly converting to follow the path of Heathen she is forced to open up when word leaks to the media. The timing couldn't be worse and she is forced to make decisions that affect not just herself but the rest of the family.
A thousand years ago there is Freydis, daughter of Eric the Red. Christianity has just started to spread on the island and she isn't buying it, doing whatever she can to follow her heart and worship whom she wants to. It's a struggle, as the family converts and being a daughter she is still expected to do what the family says. Determined to follow her own path there are many struggles, decisions and conflicts she is forced to deal with.
It sometimes seems in dual time period books that I have a favorite setting and with this one I enjoyed reading the past story line. With the historical elements, customs and lifestyle I found this part very interesting. The immersion of Christianity onto these people and being Christian I would have loved to read more about that. It has perked my interest in that area and I love when a book does that. Freydis was a woman ahead of her time, she didn't want to waiver from her beliefs and yield to society demands but to forge her own destiny even when they could end with dire consequences. If the whole book has been about Freydis I would have been satisfied with that.
I struggled with Emma's plight, she got off to a slow start but I loved how it picked up at the end. I didn't alway feel her conviction in her beliefs, at times she was strong and other times her actions seem too impulsive.
All in all a nice story and one I would recommend. Thanks to Amy from HVBFT for the invite to be part of this tour and Lake Union for an advanced copy (via Netgalley).
Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too).
For more information, visit her blog at www.amaliacarosella.com.
She also writes myth-steeped fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Amalia Dillin. Learn more about her other works at www.amaliadillin.com.
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