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New Hampshire, Like her Icelandic ancestors, history professor Emma Moretti is a passionate defender of Norse mythology. Torn between public expectation and personal identity, family and faith, she must choose which to honor and which to abandon. Kindle Edition , pages. Published February 21st by Lake Union Publishing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Daughter of a Thousand Years , please sign up.

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Lists with This Book. 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 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. 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.

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. Mar 29, Jenny Reading Envy rated it liked it Shelves: 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 and , 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. 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. Oct 25, Erin rated it really liked it Shelves: Find this and other reviews at: Lo Find this and other reviews at: 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.

Much as I appreciated the historic details of the piece, it was the thematic material that kept me turning the pages. Jan 13, Bonnie marked it as dnf Shelves: And…Viking romance you say?? Guy sounds like a dick anyways. 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. View all 4 comments. Freydis is in Greenland in the late s and early s. 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 , professor Emma is going through a challenge that echo "Daughter of a Thousand Years" is the story of two women in two different time periods. In , 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.

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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! Feb 14, Jenny Q rated it liked it Shelves: Two women, similar struggles, one thousand years apart. Freydis, only daughter of Erik the Red, is faced with a decision: 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! 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.


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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.

Jun 29, Mary rated it liked it Shelves: Daughter of a Thousand Years How far will two pagan women go to exercise their religious freedom? 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.

Emma was almost thirty years old, a college professor, living in her parents guest house. 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.

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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. Emma's constant whining and sidestepping got terribly stale. However, for a book so devoted to godly choices, one where both characters choose paganism, I would've liked more of an explanation. 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.

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 won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Opinions are mine, mine, mine. View all 3 comments. Mar 08, Rick Cook rated it it was amazing. Easily my favorite novel from Amalia at this point. The dual narrative structure of modern day USA and A. Greenland lets you see into the same conflict a thousand years apart. I churned through the book in a matter of days, ever needful of the next complication in the liv Easily my favorite novel from Amalia at this point.

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. Their struggles are my struggles, and this book has left me with heightened appreciation for people of faiths outside my own. Proofs are wrapped, and this baby arrives in February !

I am really stinking proud of this book. And to all of you who have chosen to read it, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for giving Emma and Freydis a chance. View all 5 comments. Jan 03, Diana Paz rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 This book is more than characters, plot, story - it's a journey of truth.

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! Aug 05, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 Soci 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.

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. 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.

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 acr This book isn't simply about two storylines, about Emma and Freydis, experiencing all the challenges they are facing. 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.

Mar 06, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Read my full review: Feb 19, Carole Rae rated it it was amazing. This was steeped in drama. Also, this also showed how times have not changed from 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. She has to deal if she wants to Holy drama!

She has to deal if she wants to continue living a lie or not.

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At the same time, in AD Freydis is hanging onto the old ways while Christianity is spreading like wildfire throughout her world. I really liked Emma's story better. 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. But yes, I really liked her and her story. 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 I did like her love story better than Emma's.


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I could hardly put it down. The two stories were really different, but very similar and it has the same morals.

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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. Feb 15, Stacie rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. My great-great grandparents on my father's side emigrated to the United States from Norway.

The farther back on my tree that you go, the more you see names like "Odin," "Frigg," "Fr I finished this book almost one week ago. 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. Count me in, right. The book covers the stories of Freydis Eiriksdotter about A.

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 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 A. 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. Some of the other characters, who are wonderfully developed and again, are more historical than fictional made me angry.

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