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. ~Goodreads Blurb
It has to be said, anyone of any faith who does not recognize that terrible things have been done in the name of their faith, doesn’t understand the history of their faith. As long as humanity has been calling out to the void and listening for an echo in answer to their prayers, they have been arguing over whose god is best. Whether it is the Ottoman empire, Charlemagne, Vikings, Crusaders, even the Tudors, who seem to be all over our books and our screens, killed over faith. We like to think ourselves more sophisticated than our ancestors, or that they were bringing light(faith) to a savage people. Yet even in today’s world, matters of faith divide us just the same. Here in the States, we have the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech. Yet as is visible in Amalia Carosella’s latest book “Daughter of a Thousand Years,” more often than not, those who fall outside the Judeo-Christian faiths(Protestant or Catholic) are judged on a different level and risk more for their faiths here in the Land of the Free.
This historical fiction novel switches between AD 990s and modern day chapter by chapter. This allows the reader to follow these two paths as they meet their conflicts and struggles. The back and forth pushes the reader forward at a fair clip, looking for resolution and hoping for the happy ending. Even with such a space of time between these two characters, it is their faith that binds them together, giving the readers a look at a world that they might not have ever experienced. From experiencing public bias, to relationship struggles and families, Author Carosella has given this book a spirit that shines through her strong women characters. Without faith bashing on any fronts, she is able to show cultural and religious bias that still thrives in our everyday lives.
If you enjoy historical fiction with an eye for detail and a pinch of something different, I would recommend “Daughter of a Thousand Years.” It really shines a light on personal faith and the need for community. I am really looking forward to reading through her previous books and I hope to be able to review them in due time.
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Notes on the Author: 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.