By: Heather Day Gilbert

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.

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.

My Review:

Forest Child is more than just the story of Freydis Eiriksdaughter. Heather Gilbert expertly takes the reader back in time to walk in the shoes of Freydis and see history come to life thru her eyes.

Freydis had a difficult childhood, growing up on the fringes of her family and society. She felt like she had to prove herself daily for acceptance and often times the choices she makes are not always the best. She struggles to accept the love freely given to her and pushes away those that care the most. Through her struggle she comes to understand the all-encompassing love of our Heavenly Father and accepts His forgiveness of her bad choices.

I have read several books written by various authors about Vikings, but never so rich and detailed a story as Heather Gilbert writes. I enjoyed the historical details, as well as the well-rounded, dynamic characters that drew me into the story.

I give this fantastic Story, The Forest Child 5 Stars

[I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from the author. I am not required to write positive reviews. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.]

About the Author:


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 writes Viking historicals and Appalachian mystery/suspense. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.” You can find Heather’s Viking historicals and West Virginia mystery/suspense novels here.


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 Don’t miss the first book in the Vikings of the New World Saga: God’s Daughter


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