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Greenland, AD 1000More 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 furyGreenland, AD 1000More 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, 2016Like 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....

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  • Erin
    2018-10-18 17:46

    I 'm a big fan of Amalia Carosella and have been incredibly lucky to snag three of her books, including Daughter of a Thousand Years on NetGalley. So, to ask me if I would recommend this author would just be downright silly. Because I definitely would! In "Daughter of a Thousand Years" readers are presented with a dual narrative in alternating chapters told through the eyes of Freydis, daughter of Erik the Red, and Emma, the Icelandic-American, whose father is an American politician. The central theme that ties these women together through time is the internal conflict they feel between Christianity and the traditional or "pagan" religion. Both women find themselves dealing with conflict from friends and family who feel they're making the wrong decision.Personally, I found Emma's journey as a Catholic Christian easy to connect to. The dialogues between Emma and her mother flashbacks to ones between my mother and I.On the other hand, I didn't like the Freydis storyline, I found that she was a 21st century creation of what we believe strong minded women from every century MUST have been. Every single chapter she had was pure aggression. Stereotype??? On the other hand, I liked her sister in law and most of the men in her storyline. I was also expecting a little bit more Vinland in the story. Instead, there was a lot of waiting for the ships. This might be my least favorite of Carosella's, I prefer her Helen of Sparta books over this one. But I do believe that it deserves attention.Thanks to NetGalley for an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2018-10-21 22:47

    I listened to this audiobook on a solo roadtrip from Greenville, SC, to Baltimore, MD. It had my undivided attention. Mary Robinette Kowal does a great job with the narration, even tackling some of the Viking era names in a believable enough manner. I do think that since the book is so evenly divided between AD 1000 and 2016, two narrators would also have been a good choice.There is a lot I should like about this book - Vikings, pre-Christianity, cold weather islands, check check check. But it goes on TOO LONG (there is a climactic point 2/3 in which would have been a better stopping point) and is OVERLY EMPHATIC on is central point, which is that there are other religions than Christianity, and people who believe in those gods as much as people believe in Jesus. I mean, yes, true, move on, more story please. I felt the author really wanted this message to get across more than any other story line, and because of this both her characters and her stories suffer. It's a shame because there is a lot of potential here, great setting, great modern day story too with the adjunct professor being called into question by a vocal student. But shadowed by the hammer of Thor, pounding away at the message.I received a copy of this audiobook from Brilliance Audio in exchange for an honest review.

  • Bonnie
    2018-11-12 22:54

    DNF @ 12%Dual timelines! Iceland! Thor! And…Viking romance you say??*ponders*Alas, I never got to the hot Vikings bit, if that was even a possibility. The bit I did read didn’t amount to much other than a complete dwelling on religion. In 1000 AD, Freydís is battling to retain her belief in the old gods as everyone around her is being converted to a belief in one god. In present day, Emma is battling to retain her belief in the old gods… in a society that hasn’t recognized those gods in centuries. She’s determined to believe as she wishes even as she breaks up with her boyfriend because of it and is discussing it with her friend incessantly.“I’ve tried to be patient with you, Emma,” he said when I didn’t respond “I think I’ve been incredibly understanding, all things considered, while you’ve worked through whatever rebellion this is. I haven’t pressured you or made any demands –“The “rebellion” being her refusal to believe in God. Guy sounds like a dick anyways.“I loved Sarah, I did. We’d been friends practically since birth. But if I hadn’t been Catholic enough for David, I would never be Christian enough for her, either.”Good grief. If any “friend” ever said that I wasn’t Christian enough for them I’d probably die laughing.Sorry, but I came for the hot Vikings.I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Erin
    2018-11-04 01:32

    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....I was hesitant about Amalia Carosella’s Daughter of a Thousand Years. I’d loved the author’s earlier work and as much as I liked the Norse elements of the plot, I wasn’t sure about the dual timelines. Contemporary fiction isn’t really my thing and the last thing I wanted was to be disappointed by an author I’d grown to adore. I wavered, but in the end, couldn’t fathom not reading the book so I bit the bullet and jumped in. Looking back, I can honestly say that the decision was one of my better ones, but I think worthy to note that the very thing that nearly scared me off proved my favorite part of the narrative. I don’t mean to downplay Freydís in any way, she’s a brilliant and fiery personality, but there was a spark in Emma that captivated my interest and imagination. She has moments of weakness and vulnerability, but she is a relatable character who felt genuinely authentic in my mind’s eye. Much as I appreciated the historic details of the piece, it was the thematic material that kept me turning the pages. Carosella tackles some deeply complex religious and emotional conflict over the course of the narrative as both Freydís and Emma discover what it means to have courage of one's convictions and to act in accordance of those beliefs in spite of both criticism and fear. I might be alone in this, but I think that a powerful message and feel there’s a lot to be said for writers who can effectively convey such ideas through fiction. Daughter of a Thousand Years is not as mythologically heavy as Carosella’s earlier books and while I’d have greatly appreciated a story centered on Freydís alone, I can’t help admiring the novel for both the passion of its thesis and the creative artistry of the parallels that linked past to present.

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    2018-11-04 22:48

    "Daughter of a Thousand Years" is the story of two women in two different time periods. Freydis is in Greenland in the late 900s and early 1000s. She is a fervent believer in the Norse gods and is struggling to hold firm to her beliefs in light of Christianity that seems to be sweeping over her land. Pushed to defend her beliefs, Freydis will be called on to question what she will change and what she will not change to please others. In 2016, professor Emma is going through a challenge that echoes what Freydis faced so many years ago. She is accused of attacking Christianity, which brings into the open her struggles with hiding her pagan beliefs in order to please others such as her elected official father. As with so many dual narrative books, I definitely preferred the story line set in the past. Emma's story certainly rings true with so many of the current events happening in our world today but Freydis' world was much more interesting to me. Freydis as a character was also more interesting to me. Emma spends a lot of the book acting quite weak and wanting to hide rather than fight. The book opens up with her basically being dumped because she is not religious enough for her Catholic boyfriend. She also has friends and family members that seem to question her lack of adherence to religion. She doesn't really try to defend herself or stand up for her beliefs. She eventually gets there but by that point it was too little, too late for me. I did not see what she had to lose by standing up and whatever it is that she felt she might lose is barely touched on throughout the book, which frustrated me. I really wanted to know more.Freydis, on the other hand, is an incredibly strong character. She knows what she wants and she is not afraid to defend herself. I felt like I got a much better understanding of what makes Freydis tick throughout the book. I also thought the description of her setting was much more detailed and therefore gave me a greater appreciation for the world that she was coming from and the perspective that she holds.Overall, this was a good introduction for me to Amalia Carosella, an author that I had heard a lot about and was happy to finally get around to reading. I would love to read more of her books!

  • Mary
    2018-11-05 20:38

    Daughter of a Thousand YearsHow far will two pagan women go to exercise their religious freedom? Inspired by THE FINLAND SAGAS, Carosella revisits Norse history, religious conversion, and what it means to fight for one's beliefs. DAUGHTER OF A THOUSAND YEARS has dual storylines; past and present. I found the legendary life of Freydís Thorswoman, daughter of Erik the Red, temperamental sister of Leif Eriksson, to be the only interesting part of a book that dragged on with more repetition than necessary. It was as if Carosella meant to torture me with the same words, thoughts, and character conversations for fifty-three chapters. Had this not been a book for review, I would've stopped reading somewhere along the lines of Chapter Thirteen. The present-day protagonist, Emma, was so very whimpy, although she was meant to come off as independent and strong willed. Really? Emma was almost thirty years old, a college professor, living in her parents guest house. In the backyard. She's dating her father's political spin doctor and putting her pop's bid for Congressman in jeopardy because of her religious beliefs. Now, I know religion has been the undoing of countries, leaders, and men. I get that wars have been, and will continue to be fought because of religious persecution, but I don't think Emma's choice of gods would deter a political campaign so much so that a candidate would be asked to step out of elections. At least not here in America. I may be wrong. Again, please hold the tsk tsk. I'm way familiar with religious wars. I just didn't find Emma's saga believable. Also, that repetition thing kept getting in the way of reading enjoyment. At one point, whilst reading, I actually screamed out loud, ALRIGHT ALREADY!! Emma's constant whining and sidestepping got terribly stale. When chapters were dedicated to the fierce, moody character of Freydís, only then could I enjoy the story. However, for a book so devoted to godly choices, one where both characters choose paganism, I would've liked more of an explanation. I understand Freydís's choice to worship Thor. She loved her father, believed strongly that their shared faith guided the path to freedom. Her choice of worship was her right and in no way do I believe that any one person should be forced to worship a god that they don't have faith in, but I would've liked to know more about the Norse gods. I kind of felt like Carosella expected me to know this stuff, throwing me into the deep end. And, Emma's argument for turning her back on Christianity was a weak one. No! Let me rephrase that. Carosella's explanation of Emma's choice was weak and if Emma's gods made her feel so great, why did she choose to hide her offerings and worship? I wasnt convinced. Lastly, while I enjoyed time spent with Freydís, I didn't particularly care for the anticlimactic end to the tale. When I reached the last page, FINALLY, my reaction was was ho-hummish. That's it? Yeah...that's all, folks. * I graciously thank the Goodreads gods and Amazon Publishing for a DRC. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Opinions are mine, mine, mine.

  • Jenny Q
    2018-10-19 20:57

    Gift Card & Necklace Giveaway @ Let Them Read Books!Two women, similar struggles, one thousand years apart.Freydis, only daughter of Erik the Red, is faced with a decision: marry a man she doesn't love or respect in the hopes of one day commanding her own sailing ship, or face an uncertain future under her brother's thumb in a land rapidly converting to Christianity and abandoning the faith and traditions that are so important to her. Against counsel, she chooses marriage and discovers that it still isn't enough to grant her her heart's desire, or to protect her right to worship her gods, particularly Thor, in whom she places her utmost trust and faith. So when a stranger appears offering her physical and spiritual comfort and promising her the life of her dreams if she only stays true to her faith, she accepts and determines to forge her own destiny, though she will have a difficult journey ahead of her.In the twenty-first century, congressman's daughter Emma Moretti struggles to reconcile her departure from Catholicism with her place in her community and in her own family. But the middle of her father's brutal reelection campaign isn't exactly the best time to announce that she's a Heathen, and her excitement at teaching Norse history at the local college is quickly dampened when her views are challenged in the classroom. To make things worse, a reporter has gotten hold of information about her faith that gives her father's opponent ammunition to take him down right before the election, and Emma has to decide if standing up for her beliefs will cost her more than she's willing to lose.So this story ended up being not quite what I was expecting. I think I got so excited when I saw Amalia Carosella and Erik the Red's daughter that I stopped reading the blurb and immediately said yes to reviewing the book. I enjoyed Freydis's story, but I was not such a fan of Emma's. I confess I found Emma to be rather weak, and I skimmed a lot of her internal conflict, her arguments with her parents about attending church, and her rehashing of those arguments and her interactions with her boyfriends with her best friend. I kept saying to myself, if your friends don't think you're religious enough for them, find new friends! Find a backbone! Stand up for yourself! She finally does, but I found most of her story to be repetitive and slow-moving. The initial bright spot was her budding romance with Alex, her father's campaign manager, but that quickly became rather tame as well. More interest came along later in the story when Emma had to contend with allegations of religious discrimination and personal bias in the classroom. While the questions raised are thought-provoking and challenging, I just wasn't in the mood for such contemplation or for a mirror of what's going on politically in the US right now. I've been reading to escape all of that. And while I think the author succeeded in drawing relevant parallels between these two women in two very different time periods, I was expecting the two narratives to have more of a connection between them, not just similarities in their experiences, but more of a tangible physical or spiritual connection between the two protagonists as we see so often in dual timeline stories.But Freydis's story was fresh ground for me. I loved the depiction of the time period, and though her pride and stubbornness cause her problems, I found her strong, fiery personality much more engaging, as were her relationships with her husband, lover, and family. The struggle to hold on to her faith in the Norse gods as Christianity laid claim to her lands and her struggle to hold on to her identity and make a name for herself as a woman rather than as a wife felt more dramatic and compelling within its historical context. I could have read an entire novel just about her, and I think there was a lot of potential and room for creative license to carry her story further.So take two stars for the modern-day story, four stars for the historical story, and you get what amounts to a three-star read for me. Not one of my favorites, but still a book I can recommend to anyone interested in the subject and time period. Well written, as always from Ms. Carosella, and well worth a read for the historical details, and for the theological discussion, if you're in the mood for one.

  • Amalia Carosella
    2018-11-12 22:58

    Proofs are wrapped, and this baby arrives in February 2017!I hope you'll all love DAUGHTER -- and if you want to stay up to date on this and future releases, make sure you subscribe to The Amaliad, my author newsletter!

  • Rick Cook
    2018-10-30 20:53

    Easily my favorite novel from Amalia at this point. The dual narrative structure of modern day USA and 1000 A.D. Greenland lets you see into the same conflict a thousand years apart. Emma comes to terms with her non-Christian faith in the face of family drama and political scandal, while Freydís comes to terms with upholding her non-Christian faith in the oncoming tide of Christianity to her homeland.I churned through the book in a matter of days, ever needful of the next complication in the lives of Emma and Freydís. Their struggles--against external forces asking them to compromise who they are at their very core in order to ease their own lives and the lives of those around them--are universal, no matter your religion, your background, your culture, your sexuality, your gender preference, your politics. At some point, your views have been undermined and tossed aside as fake or unimportant. At some point, you were faced with the decision to convert (change), hide (live a lie), or die (be outcast). This book follows two women who daily face problems with their relationships to their faith and the difficult circumstances it creates in societies that demand you change, that demand you pretend so you don't make waves. Their external struggles are as powerful as the fights they have with themselves, coming to terms with what it means to become "different" or to stay "different" than the societal norms of their respective time periods.Even if you're not a Heathen, you have probably experienced some kind of pressure to be different than you feel, and that universal conflict is what tore me through this story, empathizing with women with vastly different faiths, personalities, and struggles to my own. Because their struggles are mirrored in my life in a dozen different ways.Finding a way to cope with being "different" is just as important as finding the right words to communicate your stance, your feelings, on something you hold dear. Everyone has faith or believes in something; it's truly special when you can understand and empathize with another's views even when they are so different to your own.Emma and Freydís are me, as much as they are not. Their struggles are my struggles, and this book has left me with heightened appreciation for people of faiths outside my own.

  • Anna
    2018-10-23 19:58

    A dual-time narrative with a historical spotlight on the Norse sagas, this is a page-turner with a light touch of romance and contemporary politics. Daughter of a Thousand Years is well written, very compelling, and extremely enjoyable. It has relevant things to say about respecting religious freedom. I recommend it!Read my full review: https://loveonlit.com/2017/03/09/daug...

  • Carole Rae
    2018-10-18 20:51

    Holy drama! This was steeped in drama. Also, this also showed how times have not changed from 1000 AD to today. Religion is a huge issue that society is still dealing with. Which it really shouldn't an issue in my opinion. The story follows Emma is a modern girl who was raised Catholic, but it has never felt right. Things happen and her secret of being a "pagan"/"heathen" because she worships Thor and the other Norse gods is brought out to light at the worse time. She has to deal if she wants to continue living a lie or not. At the same time, in 1000 AD Freydis is hanging onto the old ways while Christianity is spreading like wildfire throughout her world. Honestly? I really liked Emma's story better. Strange, right!? But yes, modern Emma and her modern issues. I felt so bad for her because her ex was a jerk, her family is super Catholic, the whole community is super Catholic, she has to deal with a bitchy student, and trying to balance what she wants and what would be easy. Poor Emma. But yes, I really liked her and her story. Freydis was annoying. I get her issues too, but she was overly hot-headed for my liking. There times it was not really necessary. BUT it was really not her fault...her dad was bad too, plus everything is changing and she felt betrayed. Still...there were some times and situations that did not warrant her to explode. Okay...I did like her love story better than Emma's. I just might be biased because Freydis' lover is a hot Viking while Emma's lover is a PR guy....so yeah Freydis' lover is way better. ;D All-in-all, I really liked this book. I could hardly put it down. The two stories were really different, but very similar and it has the same morals. The two stories mixed well together. The writing was done well and I was sucked into both stories. I finished the book in a couple of sittings. In the end, I highly recommend this. This shall be stamped with 5 stars.

  • Diana Paz
    2018-10-27 21:40

    This book is more than characters, plot, story - it's a journey of truth. The compelling characters and fascinating story are huge, don't get me wrong, but what makes this book shine is the depth of what these characters are facing. Identity at its core, really, when you think of what you believe this world to be. For fans of historical fiction you will be blown away by the authenticity in every Freydis scene, and the wonderful connections made between Freydis and Emma in relation to their very similar struggles even a thousand years apart.The story is superbly written and clips along at a wonderful pace. As usual Amalia Carosella delivers an effortless read that transports the reader immediately. Her voice and command of language make every scene come alive, whether it's through intoxicating, magnetic Viking swarthiness or betrayal and political power plays. Best of all, this story is so raw and honest, I feel like anyone who reads it will discover something new about themselves as they reflect on what's happening to these two women.Whoever you are reading this review, I genuinely hope you read this book because either you will relate to Freydis and Emma, in which case this book can be a source of strength and understanding for you, or you won't identify directly and in that case, how fantastic and amazing that you can gain insight and vicariously see the world from a point of view that's so real to so many people. Either way, happy reading!

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-12 17:33

    This is another masterpiece of storytelling spanning the ages and yet with a central core that captivates the reader through a superb set of characters and honest humanity.Such a powerful theme not just of womanly independence and freedom but the question of faith and equality and respect. Themes that are still so important now, as well as back in the 10th century.The reader can't help but become immersed in the world of Freydis and Emma, connect with their challenges against Kin, Laws, and Society as each tries to stand up for what they believe in a world that is changing or does not accept anything against the norm.The mysterious yet captivating character of Sonung may be familiar from Amalia Carosella's alter-ego Amalia Dillon (Thor & Eve Trilogy) but yet at the same time is unique from the aforementioned stories. He also perfectly reflects the world Freydis lived in where the Vikings believed that the Gods did walk amongst them and could appear as strangers to their believers.I absolutely loved this book and it will now be one of my many special favourites, not just because it features Vikings, and a powerful often overlooked female Viking at that, but simply due to the superb quality of the writing and the passion that flows through it from start to end.

  • Cathy
    2018-10-20 23:02

    An interesting interpretation of Norse mythologyThis novel is told in two voices, Freydis, daughter of Erik the Red, and Emma, a young woman of this current time, daughter of a Congressman up for reelection. I have not only gained a greater understanding of a time in history I knew little to nothing about, I have also gained a greater empathy for those whose faith tradition varies far from those accepted by the mainstream. I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review

  • Jessie(Ageless Pages Reviews)
    2018-10-27 21:48

    This could stand to lose about 50 pages, and Freydis' storyline is far more interesting than that of her modern counterpart, Emma. RTC.

  • Stacie
    2018-10-16 20:50

    I finished this book almost one week ago. Usually I write a review within two days of finishing a book. But this one was different. This one was personal. First and foremost, this book is brilliant. It is brilliant. My great-great grandparents on my father's side emigrated to the United States from Norway. My great-great grandfather's name was "Thorbjørn." His father was named after Thor, as was his father. The farther back on my tree that you go, the more you see names like "Odin," "Frigg," "Freyja," and variations thereof. Norse Mythology is literally in my blood, and I have been fascinated with it for years. So when this book popped up for review, and a redhead wearing Mjölnir was on the cover? Count me in, right. now. The book covers the stories of Freydis Eiriksdotter (about 1000 A.D.) and Emma (2016.) Two women, a thousand years apart, connected by ancestry perhaps; but more importantly, connected by their devotion to Thor. Freydis is living in Brattahlid, Greenland, right around the time that Christianity has reached the area. She remains loyal to her gods and her beliefs, holding tightly to her faith despite the great hardships and heartaches thrown her way, as everyone around her converts to Christ. She is strong, determined, opinionated, a favorite of her father and determined to forge her own path. Emma was raised in a Catholic home, but no longer attends church. Her family believes she is going through a phase. What Emma hasn't told her family...or anyone, other than her best friend...is that this is nowhere near a phase. Emma wears a Mjölnir pendant under her shirt, given to her by her aunt. The aunt who lives in Iceland, who still worships the old gods. The same gods that Emma worships, as well. And with her father being a congressman, and this being an election year, Emma's secret must stay hidden. From her family, her new boyfriend, from everyone at work. Yet, hiding is not something Emma feels that she should have to do. Each chapter switches between Freydis and Emma, and does so seamlessly. The book flows effortlessly, and despite my best efforts (I loathe feeling feelings), I got so caught up in the lives of these two characters. (Also, Freydis isn't exactly a character. There is mounting evidence that Freydis Eiriksdotter actually lived, born around 970 A.D. to Erik the Red.) This book made me cry more than once. I had to put the book down a few times, to get myself breathing and back to to reality. (Only to pick it back up again about 1.5 heartbeats later.) Some of the other characters, who are wonderfully developed (and again, are more historical than fictional) made me angry. And some of the characters made me ridiculously happy. (Wait until you meet Sonnung. You're going to want to thank the author yourself, I promise you.)Bottom Line: I have never, ever had a book hit me so hard. It has challenged my beliefs. It has forced me to step outside of my comfort zone, to study the beliefs that my ancestors held to so fiercely. That people today, hold to so fiercely. Get the book. Meet Freydis. Meet Emma. I promise you; you won't be able to put it down, even long after you've finished it.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-07 17:37

    Freydís is the daughter of Erik the Red in 1000 AD Greenland. Much like her father and brothers, she is fiery and passionate. However, Freydís is passionate about the old gods while Christianity is spreading throughout her people and her family. Freydís' devotion to Thor now marks her as different. She is still determined to make her own fate and practice in her own way, regardless of her brother's or husband's wishes. When the opportunity arises to sail away to Vinland with a man who shares her beliefs, Freydís takes the opportunity to follow her own path. A thousand years later, Emma Moretti has found her path within the Heathen religion of her Icelandic ancestors. Although she has kept her faith a secret since it will likely ruin her father's election chances. Congressman Moretti has run on the platform of Christian family values every election cycle and it hasn't failed him yet. Emma has moved back home this election cycle and has taken an adjunct professor job at the college. Through her class, her faith is revealed and threatens to destroy her and her family. As a lover of dual time stories, I enjoyed reading about the parallels of Freydís' and Emma's lives one thousand years apart. Emma and Freydís are strong women that show immense courage, they are both true to themselves while trying to live up to their family's wishes. Both women are strong in their faith, even in times of turmoil. I did not know much about the time of Erik the Red and Leif Erikson's voyage other than that it happened, so I enjoyed reading about the journey from Freydís' point of view. I was surprised to learn about the switch in religion in Greenland and Iceland in 1000 AD to Christianity and away from the gods and goddesses. I was also curious about the rise of the worship of old Norse gods in present day. From both sides of history, religion and religious freedom are strong themes. Usually in dual time stories, I am pulled further into one story than the other. In this case, I was pulled further into Emma's plight at first and then Freydís' plight later. I felt more for Freydís's struggle with religion as everyone else turned towards the newer Christianity and she was losing her family. At the same time, Freydís had more freedom with her relationships and was even able to have a relationship outside of her marriage. I felt more for Emma's struggle when her hiding her religion was costing her a chance at romance. Emma's story picked up again for me near the end when she became free in her beliefs. Overall, a wonderful mix of historical fiction and contemporary fictions that compares women's struggles and religious persecution through time. While a lot has changed for the better, Emma and Freydís's stories of courage and standing up for their rights still emanate today.This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

  • Margaret
    2018-10-23 19:36

    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 always 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).

  • Shaunna
    2018-10-26 23:33

    I've read most of her other books, which are all rooted in historical myths where she takes creative liberties with exploring well-known mythological characters and their struggles with breaking with societal norms. Each book has been amazing and this one might be my new favorite. She juxtaposes two women 1) Freydis, a pagan during the Christian conversion of Greenland who is also a well-known character from the Norse Sagas, and 2) Emma, a New England history professor struggling with her beliefs being at odds with mainstream society; she is a fictional character that almost seems to be based on the author. This book provides a unique spectrum of belief, faith, and spirituality on both the Pagan and Christian sides. The author thoughtfully explores both and shows interesting overlapping core values. She asked many critical questions about author bias presented in historical texts and I found myself highlighting so many great lines about critical consumption of information. She explores the ridicule of those who openly worship differently than their neighbors and the loneliness experienced by those who appear to fit in with mainstream society yet they hide their truth beliefs for fear of ostracization and ridicule. This book really hit home for me because I personally do not fit within the mainstream structures of Christianity and I constantly struggle to find a community of like-minded people. I'd be very interested to hear what some of my friends with strong religious beliefs think about this book.

  • Nicole
    2018-10-22 01:37

    I won this novel to review in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.Daughter of a Thousand Years follows the stories of two pagan women: Freydis, living around the year 1000, and Emma, a young woman living in 2016. Freydis is the daughter of Erik the Red, and she is struggling with her ability to openly worship her pagan gods while Christianity is sweeping Greenland. She also struggles with finding her place among her people and marrying a man she does not love. Emma is a professor teaching history courses about Freydis' people and the rise of Christianity in that region. Emma is dealing with her father's reelection during a contentious campaign and her desire to find acceptance with her own pagan religion from her family and new boyfriend. I found Freydis' story to be much more engrossing than Emma's. I couldn't wait to pick up each of her chapters, and the author did an excellent job getting inside this character's motivations and beliefs. However, it was easy to be sympathetic to Emma's plight and her desire to be understood in a world that doesn't easily accept anything outside the "norm". This novel was a well written and relatable story; most readers can likely sympathize with the idea of finding oneself in the world and dealing with the reality of how life is ever changing. I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy historical settings and well written, self assured characters.

  • Erin Al-Mehairi
    2018-11-08 02:00

    I loved Amalia's former Helen of Sparta series and you'll find reviews for those books and an inteview with Amalia on my site already. However, when I heard Amalia would be publishing a book featuring one of my top favorite topics, and I'm not shy about this one - VIKINGS - I was all in! I have to say that in looking forward to it so much when I actually found time to squeeze in reading it, I was captivated.Amalia writes Daughter of a Thousand Years in dual time periods and with two female protagonists. Emma is in the modern age of 2016, the daughter of a politician and a Catholic, and Freydis, living a thousand years earlier, is a pagan, a Thor worshipper, and the daughter of the infamous Eric the Red. I am not the type of editoral reviewer that rehashes plots, but in this book, Amalia explores religions of the different time periods and how the women, and their family structures, dealt with them. Emma has always been interested in Viking history, but as her family expects (in most ways) perfection, Emma finally finds the courage to be true to herself when she wishes to explore the pagan religion of Thor. As Catholics, of course, her parents aren't pleased, so she's brave to stand up for herself. Meanwhile, a thousand years earlier, Freydis struggles to stay true to her own pagan religion and family as the wave of Christianity and converstions begins in society. Of course, we've read or seen these themes before...well, I have since I seek out books like this out of interest, and of course, we've seen this juxtaposition in history between Viking pagans and English Christianity as the Vikings began their exploring (which is viewable even on the show "Vikings," but for some reason, it's not getting old yet. There are still stories to be told that speak to the bravery and courage of those who believe in their own spiritual depths, as well as those who choose to align with another. Isn't this even a common theme in society today, that people need to understand each other, and religions, to make peace with each other? I think the dual storylines really showed the fact that this issue is still strong today.I also thought that Amalia did a wonderful job of featuring two strong and fiesty women that have many similarities even if they lived so far removed. Of course, the history section was a favorite, as it's my first love, and she has superb historical writing. There was more background and research, and as times were tougher, I think it only served that Freydis would be a bit more animated and have more to fight through in an actual action sort of way. But I thought she wrote Emma just as well for our time period, and growing up in the now, is quite different than then! She was strong in forging her own way, even if countries and treasures and survival didn't depend on it. Possibly her family felt their careers depended on it, but really that is nothing to what they endured so long ago. Emma showed great fortitude in becoming her own original person and not fitting the mold, which does still take bravery, especially when it means stading up to one's parents.As always, Amalia's writing is beautiful and captivating. Her dialogue and character development, which her books show she always has worked hard on, continue to improve. We can see the locations, feel the characters emotions, and cheer them on in our own ways. As I mentioned her settings and descriptions are wonderful to read. I do believe the historical lean that Amalia puts on her books, as opposed to strictly historical romance, make books like Daughter of a Thousand Years stand out.If you like to be swept away in a good historical fiction read, and like memorable reads with strong female characters, this is a good book for you to dive into eyes first. Pick this up as one of your highlights of th first half of 2017. Fans of "Vikings" should like the themes in this book and get a more unique look at women of that time period. Contemporary readers may even find their foray into historical fiction. Highly recommend - I give it 4 stars in hopes that she keeps challenging her prose.I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • NaomiRuth
    2018-11-09 22:38

    This book took me longer to read than I thought it would, because it hit a little close to home sometimes than I had expected it to. I loved the interpretation of Freydis, as I always wanted more of her when I read that saga. And, of course, loved Sonnung. But what I loved the most about this book was Emma's story. The end of chapter 44, especially, gave me the feels. "Because whatever happened, whatever came next, I didn't have to hide anymore or pretend to be anything that I wasn't. I'd been imagining every terrible thing for so long... that is was a relief now to only face reality. To know that the reality could never have been as awful as I'd imagine and built it up to be... I was free. And it was glorious." I am so glad this story exists. I think it is so important to include the voice of non-traditional religions & spiritual practices in literature. This book made me happy <3

  • Emi
    2018-10-16 21:44

    This book isn't simply about two storylines, about Emma and Freydis, experiencing all the challenges they are facing. Both stories are very compelling and relatable, and i don't think this book could be released at a more crucial time in today's society. Both Freydis and Emma face huge challenges throughout their stories and it shows the importance of religious diversity, accepting people for who they are and allowing individuals to have the space to find their passion. This message is shown across the whole book, in every chapter. This book has so many great and important reminders of acceptance, love, compassion, but most importantly giving people space to find themselves, to be themselves and just feel accepted for what they believe in.

  • Dan
    2018-11-07 19:49

    Daughter of a Thousand Years provides a rare glimpse into the life of religious minorities. At a time when persecution of religious minorities is rising throughout the world, it is an important perspective to have. The story focuses on Paganism and Christianity, but the takeway can apply to any majority/minority religious balance. Interestingly enough, Paganism is portrayed as a former majority and ever-shrinking minority in the time of Erik the Red, and a full minority in modern times.Many religious majorities see themselves as persecuted and isolated from their cultures, even when their religion and values are embedded into their culture and society. In such a situation, it is difficult to truly understand the fear and isolation a person or group within a small religious minority feels. Even in a society with a secular government, the beliefs of the minority are sometimes invalidated with impunity.Christianity has dominated Western Nations for such a long time that its influence is only seen with a deep dissection of history, governments, and societies. It is important to recognize this influence, not as an attack on Christianity but to understand that the histories we see are often told from a distinctly Christian perspective. This perspective can lack in pertinent details of non-Christian societies or even deliberately misrepresent them, especially when personal and political advantages are gained during conversions. This same treatment can be given to texts and thoughts from the subscriber of any major religion, and can help us have a deeper, more empathetic understanding of all people throughout history and today.

  • iamnotabookworm
    2018-11-15 23:02

    It took me a while to finish this not because the story was uninteresting, on the contrary I was so hooked. We went out of town because a friend died and we attended the burial. After which, we decided to get on an hour boat ride to another island known for white sugar-like sand beaches for a post and advance all-in-one celebration of my nephew and niece's April birthdays. I was busy catching up with relatives and friends that I never had time to read.I got Daughter of a Thousand Years from Netgalley. I realized that Netgalley features a wide genre and a variety of authors that I get to read really interesting stories that really capture my heart. Most of the stories I signed up are historical fiction and done by authors which I have never meet and heard before. This book is a definite example and the story is centered on the life of Freydis. A bastard daughter of Erik the Red. Freydis may or may not actually exist in the history of the Norse but may just be a character created by historians to contrast the character of Gudrid -- a Christian-convert, a dedicated mother, a devoted wife and a loyal friend.The story is not pure historical fiction. The story starts with a chapter on Freydis and then the next one introduces the other main character which is Emma, born a thousand years after. Emma is a current professor of history who teaches about Charlemagne and Vinland sagas. The chapters switch between Freydis and Emma, from past to present. Freydis and Emma represent a lot of modern empowered women. Strong and stubborn women who want to excel and explore. Women who value their freedom to express themselves and reach for their dreams. Women who wanted to be their own persons. Women who are striving hard for equality and against any form of discrimination, whether it is in religion, race, culture and career advancement. Women who can actually rule the world if they want to.One thing I learned from this story is there is actually a religion called Asatru which is a pagan belief based on the Norse Gods like Thor, Odin, Freya, etc. This is an eye-opener. I thought this was history but amazingly it is still alive today. As alive as Hinduism, Buddhism and other non-Christian beliefs. As the story suggests, religion is a relationship between a person and his/her god. And like all Christian religions, some of these pagan religions like Asatru believed in the same values as that of Christianity. Values such as community, respect and honesty. I think, it doesn't really matter whether you pray to a god or not, as long as you live your life with integrity, respect for people and life, with compassion and not stepping on anyone's toes just to get ahead is what's important. I know of people who claim to be pious Catholics or Christians who go to church almost everyday yet does not act or think like one. I think religion is only as good as you are willing to practice it in real actions. Walk the talk. Not the holier-than-thou but a living example of fairness, humility, respect and kindness to everyone, including those who don't deserve it.I give the book 5/5 Mjolnir (pronounced: myawl-nir, literally means to smash) necklaces or Thor's hammer. This book talks about a very sensitive topic which often leads to debate. Religion-- differences in this belief often lead to misunderstandings and even break apart families because it is implied that you should stand for your belief. It is imperative that you should be able to defend your religion against any detractors. Just like in the story, wife against husband, siblings against siblings, friends against friends, parents against children. Sometimes, others use religion to drive people to guilt. To alienate people because they did not agree with you. Sometimes, it's even used to push personal motives, agendas, causes, selfish desires and whatever you call it. How many people claim that their religion is better than the others? Justifying actions in the name of religion. But the real question is--have we become better people, citizens, neighbors, parents and children because of religion? In the end, it all lies in the individual. It's how s/he lives his/her life. Did you act with kindness or did you just turn a blind eye to the sufferings of others?In this day and age, religion should not be an issue anymore. Everyone should be open-minded and accept that we live in a very diverse world. Our diversity makes the world even more a wonderful place. I recommend that everyone should read this book. It will put some things into perspective, especially about religion.Best friends always brought the tough love, even if sometimes it fell a little on the misguided side.- Amalia Carosella, Daughter of a Thousand Years -

  • Sharon
    2018-10-25 20:48

    Two women, 1000 years apart, tied by heritage and beliefs, each strong, firm in identity and with a fierce temper, strive to live a life based on religious belief. I read this in a 24 hour period, unwilling to set it aside. The tension in each era builds to a satisfactory, if harsh in one, climax. This was my first book by this author, but will not be the last.

  • Robyn
    2018-11-06 18:56

    I loved this book. Both of these lovely ladies are so strong!! I would defiantly recommoned this book to anyone

  • Sonja Phipps
    2018-11-03 19:45

    An excellent read when you're sick of weak women I am so sick of female main characters who make weak decisions and overreact at simple misunderstandings. So reading about two women who are strong, following their hearts, apologizing where appropriate, but not compromising their beliefs, was delicious. The Viking age portions felt like they were standing on solid research rather than a desire to take advantage of current trends in media. And the modern day explored some of the challenges faced by the individual exploring a faith outside the one they were raised to believe by their family. I was especially pleased that even though the main antagonists were Christian, and Protagonists Heathen, all members of their respective groups were not painted with the same brush. Christianity ran the full spectrum from love and acceptance, all the way to vicious persecution. The writing style was accessible, the characters three-dimensional, and the plot believable. I'd recommend it to any of my friends.

  • Brandi
    2018-10-31 22:53

    An interesting look into viking times and religious persecutions...both old and modern. I enjoyed the parallel story lines. I did feel a little lacking when I finished the book. I wanted more about Freydis and Sonnung. Thank you netgalley for a chance to read and give honest review.

  • Deb
    2018-11-08 00:58

    I am not sure what the author was going for with this book. On the surface, it is a look at women from two different time periods who choose to follow Thor instead of Christianity. That I find interesting in the choices they make and how it affects not only them, but those around them. However, there is also a great deal of anger in the story. Very few support their right to their own religion and those who don't are quite hateful. Maybe that was the point. I did not find Alex to be a believable character. He was too perfect. He needed to be more human. Have doubts or flaws.This book is worth reading. It is interesting. Just didn't draw me in to read it without interruptions.I won a copy of this book on Goodreads.