God’s Daughter (Vikings of the New World Saga, Volume 1)
The 10th-century world of the Vikings is conveyed in wonderfully vivid detail in Heather Day Gilbert’s absorbing and wholly satisfying fiction debut. Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir, trained to be a pagan Viking seeress, decides instead to embrace Christianity (the practical logistics of such thinking, usually glided over by novelists of this period, are here given in very convincing detail – the reader genuinely understands Gudrid’s motivations), and her faith is tested when she decides to accompany her husband Finn on a perilous voyage to the New World, to the mysterious harbor of “Vineland” that is still a mystery to archaeologists.
The life of Vikings in North America is energetically described, and the entire cast of characters feel fresh and vivid, including Leif Ericson and Gudrid’s father-in-law Eric the Red. God’s Daughter is the first in a projected series about Vikings in North America, and it is a remarkably assured tale, well-recommended.