Raiders from the Sea: Book One of Viking Quest
In this series of inspirational young adult novels, Lois Walfrid Johnson has penned an earnest but strained story of tenth century Ireland and Norway. Brianna O’Toole saves a young stranger from drowning only to realize, too late, that he’s a Viking raider. Taken captive, Bree calls on her faith for the courage to face certain slavery, forget her anger, and forgive Mikkel – the young Viking who’d captured her. During the sea voyage to Norway, they sail into a violent storm. The Vikings call upon their gods in vain; only when Bree calls upon Jesus do the waves and wind subside. Thus she earns the Viking’s curiosity, and wary respect.
In this evangelical Christian series, there’s no talk of Mass, sacraments, the Eucharist or the saints – or any aspect of early Irish Catholicism. Yet despite this, and a few anachronisms (potatoes in 10th century Ireland), these books are clearly born of the deepest of sentiment, and provide a wholesome and heartfelt alternative to more worldly young adult fiction. Ages 9-12