I read aloud the whole series to my son and daughter (11 & 9) and they couldn't get enough! This is a wonderful series for boys or girls, adult and young. I enjoyed it as much as they did. It was not only exciting and suspenseful, but a great example on how to depend on the Lord and to find joy in all things! This is a must read!!
Raiders From the Sea, is the first in a series of three books, known as the Viking Quest series, written by Lois Walfrid Johnson. In this opening volume, thirteen-year-old Briana and her fourteen-year-old brother Devin, are captured by Viking raiders who land in Ireland. The Vikings are led by a boy, a lad of about 15 years, named Mikkel, the son of a great Viking chieftain. Before she is captured, Briana saves Mikkel from drowning, not knowing who he is. She and her brother later find themselves captive on a ship headed for Norway, with Mikkel in charge. In gratitude for saving his life, Mikkel releases Devin before they get to Norway, but he refuses to let Briana go. Instead, she is forced to sail with the raiders and their load of captives all the way from Ireland to Norway. Briana comes from a God-loving family. Before she is captured, her father tells her, Whatever you face, if you ask God to help you, He will. When a treacherous storm threatens to destroy their ship, the Vikings pray to Thor for aid. Not getting any results, they threaten to start throwing captives overboard to appease their god. Briana prays to the Almighty God for help. After the storm subsides, the Vikings show Briana a grudging respect for saving their lives, even though she doesnt take credit for the miracle.Near the end of the book, after the ship has landed in Norway, Briana searches for a chance to escape, but will she make it? Follow her exciting tale of adventure in the next book, The Mystery of the Silver Coins.Even though this is a chapter book, there are black-and-white pencil sketches at the beginnings of each chapter depicting a scene from that particular part of the book. Sometimes its difficult to get kids interested in history. Historical fiction novels such as this one are a great way to introduce children to historical topics without them feeling like they might be learning something. Christian Children's Book Review
My 10 year old took these books out from the library and fell in love with the series. I was truly surprised at how much he knew about Viking history after reading them. He asked if he could own them because he wants to read them again and again...
This book along with the entire series is AWESOME! Lois Walfrid Johnson is a gifted writer and I would recommend any and all of her books. I have read them numerous times and you don't grow too old for them! These are a "must have" in any home!