Forest Child
Forest Child  -     By: Heather Day Gilbert
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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Woodhaven Press
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 0997827904
ISBN-13: 9780997827903

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  1. BrendaLee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A wonderful book
    November 11, 2017
    BrendaLee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Forest Child

    I could not wait to read Forest Child after I finished Gods Daughter. Well Heather did not disappoint me. This book was just as good as book one. Heather Gilbert once again brought us a story that has lots of historical details about the Vikings. The exploits of Freydis had me wandering what she was going to do next. With that woman you could never be sure because at heart she was a real warrior. The description of each battle and the characters were so vividly explained. I found myself actually rooting for her because of the volvas terrible practices. The dangers they faced during this time were terrible and sometimes the actions could not be planned out and sometimes Freydis tried to plan how each phase of a battle might go.

    It was a struggle for some to give up their pagan gods. Read this book and find out Freydis weaknesses and her strengths and how God changes her and some of the other characters. Such an interesting story that I enjoyed very much.

    If you like the history of long ago I recommend Gods Daughter and Forest Child. I do not think you will be disappointed.
  2. LN_A
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Transformed Life
    January 14, 2017
    LN_A
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book (and it's predecessor "God's Daughter") was SO good! I've always enjoyed "pioneer-type" tales, and the Viking/New World setting fits perfectly into that genre. I love how Heather Day Gilbert allows us inside her protagonist's head where we can really grasp the heart of the struggles she faces. Although parts of the story may be difficult for some readers, the author remains true to the Greenlander Saga in presenting Freydis as a fierce Viking warrior woman; however, all of the trouble that Freydis seems to heap onto herself eventually serves to bring about a transformation in her life.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Riveting Story!
    January 5, 2017
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Some are born to love, and some to fight. How can I succeed at both?"

    Freydis Eiriksgottir has always considered herself a "forest child", an unknown mother and the daughter of a ferocious father, she has been driven to fight through-out her young life; for self-preservation, for recognition, for self-worth, striving to be the warrior child that her Viking father trained her up to be; guarding her heart with an iron shielf.

    "What I did cannot be forgiven anymore that it could be avoided."

    When the lives of those she loves are placed in jeopardy, Freydis determinedly oversteps traditional mores to commit a nearly unspeakable act of vigilante justice. Misunderstood and infinitely proud, Freydis chooses isolation instead of explanation, widening family rifts and jeopardizing her entire future. Fortunately, the still, small voice of the one true God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and Freydis remains an everlasting tribute to the gift of second chances.

    Intoxicating barely begins to define this lovely story, the author's careful research bringing this magnanimous historical figure back to life, and it's a masterpiece!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions expressed above are entirely my own.
  4. Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful!
    December 6, 2016
    Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This genre is quite new to me, but I was captivated by the events throughout this book. A novel about the differences between family, enemies and the struggle for power takes us on journeys to Vinland and Greenland. The fight for power and respect creates both darkness and horror. Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, the daughter of Eirik the Red, Freydis Eiriksdottir is known as the illegitimate Forest Child.

    Unfamiliar with either Vinland or Greenland, I discovered much through Gilbert's descriptive skills of both the terrain and the lifestyles of people throughout these areas during this time period. Freydis demonstrated an immense power and strength that many men couldn't match. Her craving for respect and power nearly consumed her. This obsession for power brought her to experience unknown atrocities and horror.

    I found it very difficult to like Freydis through this powerful novel, and was I was repulsed by her actions while in Vinland. I grew to respect her after her return to Greenland when she endured unfairness and cruelty from her brother. Once she returned to Vinland Freydis became a character I grew to respect and favor.

    Forest Child is a powerful and deeply disturbing tale of a woman who fought like a man, but exhibited love for a child. Impressed by "Forest Child," I will be picking up a copy of "God's Daughter." Forest Child has piqued my interest in learning the background for this compelling tale!

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review, with no expectations for a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  5. Beth
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating and Evocative Story!
    November 28, 2016
    Beth
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have been waiting eagerly for the second installment of this saga, and I can easily say, I was not disappointed one bit! Its hard to put my feelings for this book into words Freydiss story evoked so many strong emotions that words seem paltry in comparison. This brave story held me captive from page one.

    Freydis, at once both wild and fragile, drew me into her story with her proud self-reliance. Contrary to thinking that I might not have anything in common with this warrior woman, more at peace in the forest with a dagger in hand, my heart found in her a kindred spirit. How often do we mistakenly hold those who love us at arms length, feeling unworthy of such a love? Not only does Freydis feel unworthy of her husband Refs love, but she is sure that she will never be capable of accepting the love of Gudrids God, He who seems to ask so much of her in return. It is much easier for her to hold on to the hate, anger and justification for her actions, than it is to admit her need. Freydis is a complex character, with many facets the juxtaposition of warrior and wife is one she cannot seem to balance she must be all warrior in order to never appear weak, yet recognizes that being a wife, woman and mother is as equally daunting as going into battle.

    The setting is vivid and alive. The hardships, and often danger, that they faced in these times add a heightened sense of the setting and time period. The details of how the Vikings lived how they ate, their homes, clothing and adornments, their fierce pride of family legacy and their strong love and loyalty all are touched on here with a deft hand, providing the reader with fascinating and authentic details. No details are sugar-coated; their lives were hard, dangerous, and often violent, but I never once felt like anything went overboard or went into more detail than necessary.

    Even though this is a historical novel, issues relevant to readers today, especially marriage, family and feelings of unworthiness are a vital part of this story. There is such a tension found within these scenes, compounded by the exquisite tenderness in the scenes between Freydis and Ref. My heart ached and cheered for them in turns I admit, I havent read about a fictional couple yet this year that put my heart through the wringer as these two did. What a heartbreaking turn of events, yet what a gorgeous resolution readers will discover here. And while nothing ever pushed the boundaries, I did appreciate how realistically their marriage is portrayed.

    Certainly for readers who liked book one, Gods Daughter, I highly recommend continuing the saga with Freydiss story. And if you havent read book one yet, I highly recommend them both! Though Forest Child probably could be enjoyed as a stand-alone, I do feel that I had such a strong connection with her because I met her first in Gods Daughter. I am a huge fan of Heather Day Gilberts writing, especially the characters she has created and how they become so real to me. In Forest Child, she has truly outdone herself. I can easily say it is my favorite book of hers to date, and it has a permanent spot on my keeper shelf.

    I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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