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Forest Child

(Vikings of the New World Saga #2)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  123 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
~Recipient of a STARRED REVIEW from Publisher's Weekly~

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 sel
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Published October 31st 2016 by WoodHaven Press
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Heather Gilbert Hi Cindy! This is the final book (I think...) in the Vikings of the New World Saga. But there is another Viking tale releasing March 1, 2017, in The…moreHi Cindy! This is the final book (I think...) in the Vikings of the New World Saga. But there is another Viking tale releasing March 1, 2017, in The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection by Barbour. This is a Viking/Irish romance and I'm excited to share it! You can find that here: Thanks for asking!(less)
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Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of serious historical fiction
This is the long-awaited sequel to the author's God's Daughter, and brings her Saga of the Vikings of the New World to a conclusion. My five-star review of the earlier book is here: ; the background information and many of the evaluative comments in that review would apply here as well, though IMO this book, if anything, is even better than the first. I would strongly advise reading the books in order; they have many of the same characters, and it will he ...more
I have been waiting eagerly for the second installment of this saga, and I can easily say, I was not disappointed one bit! It’s hard to put my feelings for this book into words – Freydis’s 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 p
Jocelyn Green
Forest Child is one of the bravest works of fiction I’ve ever read. Brimming with tension, yet laced with tenderness, this powerful saga is sure to keep you turning the pages far into the night. An ingenious blend of Viking history and timeless issues of the heart still relevant today.
Top notch Viking fiction. Filled with adventure, romance, redemption along with some violence. But it's about Vikings so it's expected. This is a book I recommend to everyone ages 15+.
Susan Snodgrass
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love history. And I love reading about Vikings. Heather Gilbert combines both extremely well! Her first in this series, God's Daughter, told the story of Gudrid, who abandoned her training as a seer to embrace the Christian God. Gudrid was the daughter in law of Eirik the Red and the first documented European woman to have a child in North America.

Forest Child tells the story of Freydis, child of Eirik the Red and half sister to Leif Erickson. Freydis is angry at nearly everyone, full of fury
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"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 that her Viking father trained her up to be; guarding her heart with an iron shield.

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

When the lives
This story is filled with the same struggles mankind has faced throughout the ages.

Freydis, the daughter of Eirik the Red, has struggled her whole life to feel accepted and loved. This search has driven her to be strong and fearless, one who has the strength to lead but needs to learn to trust and be trusted by others. Forest Child is a violent story, filled with vengeance. But it is also a beautiful story of the struggle for acceptance, love and forgiveness. Although I was at times repelled by
Susie Finkbeiner
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting TWO YEARS for this book and was not disappointed! If you can believe it, Forest Child was every bit as good as God's Daughter (and maybe even a little bit better). Can't wait for you all to get to read it in November!
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I devoured this book. Wow. How does one put coherent words together after reading a Heather Day Gilbert book? I'm blown away each time.
Ever since reading "God's Daughter" (book one in this series), a year or two ago, I was hooked and anticipating a sequel. And it's finally here! "Forest Child" was amazing. And raw. And...a little shocking, yes, disturbing, maybe....but still amazing. Mrs. Gilbert captures the Viking life-style in such a real way. It is so beautiful. I love her books so much!
Karin Kaufman
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Forest Child tells the story of Freydis, Eirik the Red’s daughter, and her struggle to survive in both the Old World and New World. But that one-sentence summation doesn’t do the book justice. This is a stunning historical novel, rich in obviously well-researched detail (without swimming in it) with fully developed characters and a riveting plot line drawn from The Sagas of Icelanders.

Freydis is fierce and angry, loving yet deeply lonely. She is also courageous and honest, and it is those latter
Finally, after three years, the sequel to God’s Daughter has been released- and what a sequel it is! It tells the story of Freydis, the daughter of Erik ‘the Red’ of Norway, a figure only known from legend, and notorious in said legends, indeed, she is probably one of the most controversial females in all of Norse literature.

Other reviewers have called this book ‘daring’, and the author herself asserts in was hard to write, and I could see why. Instead of going in for ‘gritty realism’ and exces
Rondi Olson
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read and really enjoyed the first book in this series, God's Daughter, so I was excited to read Forest Child. I wasn't disappointed. While the story didn't follow the main character from the first book, Gudrid, she shows up enough that I was satisfied. I was also interested to see how the author would deal with Freydis, the daughter of Eirik the Red. There isn't much historical documentation about her, and what is there is quite horrible. Without backing away from the record the author managed ...more
Tina Wyatt
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Freydis Eiriksdottir is the child of Erik the Red and his mistress. She is known as a forest child because of who her mother was. She has always had to fight for everything. She has several older half brothers .She trained to be a warrior like her father. She is married to a man who is weaker than her and leads her own group of men . She is going to Vinland for her second voyage . She has already fought in a previous battle . She dreams of buying her family farm and settling there after she retu ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Utterly fascinating, captivating and excruciatingly engulfing historical fiction which will leave you wanting to finish the story as soon as possible to find out how it all ends. Wow. Wow ! Did I mention WOW !!!! Oh, Yes ! This is THE story. Where Heather Gilberts incredible novel "God's Daughter" begins "Forest Child" takes you into the gut-level this-is-where-you-do-what-you-have-to-do-to-survive-and-PROTECT-your-family. NO MATTER WHAT. No matter what it takes. No matter what it takes to keep ...more
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
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 m
Beth Erin
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full review and excerpt on Faithfully Bookish

Freydis Eiriksdottir is one intensely fierce warrior woman. Although she isn’t able to rule her violent Viking crew with brute force, Freydis does have stealth, strength, precision, intelligence, and cunning among her arsenal of intimidating skills.

Beautiful messages of courage, redemption, healing, and love are woven throughout the lives of these formidable characters and turbulent times. I’m excited to see w
Wilani Wahl
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book is so strong and powerful. I felt like I was walking in Freydis' shoes. It also told a powerful story of the mercy and forgiveness that only God can give as well as the power of a changed life only Christ could make possible. I found myself kept being propelled through this book. It is one I will want to read again.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenge
WOW! I was drawn into the story from the beginning. I found it very hard to put the book down. I appreciate the faith element that is woven throughout the story. It is an EPIC adventure. I highly recommend this book!
Sally Bradley
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I looooved Heather's God's Daughter and the sequel does not disappoint! Here we get a peek into what we always hear Vikings were--tough, vicious, warriors. And yet those traits bring their own dark pain. Heather does a wonderful job of telling that story and how the characters dealt with the consequences of their actions. Loved, loved, loved Forest Child. Like God's Daughter, it's one I'll be reading again.
Elizabeth Miller
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great historical fiction! Thinking of how they lived and died is challenging. Understanding Christianity's introduction into different societies is well illustrated in this book. Highly recommend both of this author's Viking books.
Regina A Fontaine
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Loved this second book in this series. Started and finished in a few hours, I couldn't put it down. Like this author's books.
Beckie Burnham
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert is the second novel in her Vikings of The New World series. Yes, Vikings! Based on Icelandic Sagas written hundreds of years ago, Gilbert manages to shed light on a woman obscured by history and bring her struggles, fears, and victories into the 21st century. Freydis emerges as a character very different from today’s women, but also very similar. Well-written, impeccably researched, and a story with Vikings! Yes, this novel is a must-read.

Forest Child opens in
Anne Rightler
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert is an amazing historical tale of tenth century Viking history, based on the Sagas of the Greenlanders. Gilbert has written a seemingly realistic view of the Viking world as she continues the story she began in God's Daughter. Although second in a series, the author does a nice job making this a stand alone story by filling in some of the back story of the characters that reappear in Forest Child. Characters that are strong and have the similar feelings and fai ...more
Patricia Elford
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert
Freydis, woman of Freyr, Freydis Eiriksdottir, a daughter of Erik the Red, known through the Sagas of the Greenlanders, comes alive in this story. At times, this reader wanted to shake her until her red hair became even more tangled, and her teeth rattled (a very dangerous thing to attempt, as you will soon see). Though she is extremely courageous and is incredibly attuned to her body and environment in terms of battle and political intrigue, for much of the t
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a story that draws the reader into another time and another world - Where we are immersed into the fierce culture and the dynasty of the Vikings. This story is harsh but so brave. The author is unafraid to venture where she must take readers in order to be true to the bravery of the heroine, Freydis. How I loved that! A story that is so unique and different.

Freydis is a woman like no other. She is one with the forest. A brave warrior who protects those she loves while she fights against
Rachel Skatvold
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Forest Child is the second book in the Vikings of the New World Saga and follows the story of Freydis Eiriksdottir. Shortly after the events of God’s Daughter, Freydis finds herself on a new and perilous adventure, encountering new enemies that threaten the safety of both her crew and family. When her world comes crashing down around her, she must make a choice to open her heart to God or reject him. After reading the first book in this series I couldn’t wait to dive into the second and this his ...more
Tracy Krauss
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert is riveting, raw and honest. Based on the life of Leif Erickson’s daughter, this is a gripping tale made even more intimate because of the author’s choice to use first person, present point of view. Freydis is not the typical heroine. She is deeply flawed, but true to the historical figure, she is a woman that demands attention. The book is touching and gentle at times as she comes to terms with her own weaknesses and is also romantic, although never sweetly s ...more
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gilbert's Viking stories are some of my favorite stories. In-depth, flawed characters telling the stories in their own voices set me right into the middle of the action and I cannot get out. I am captive to these tales. Gilbert gives us a gift in retelling these little-known Viking sagas. More than simply entertaining, they lead us to truths about marriage, forgiveness, love, and community. The Viking era is not one I am overly familiar with beyond the famous names like Erik the Red and Leif Eri ...more
Becka Jiménez
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Heather Day Gilbert's sequel to God's Daughter allows us see into Freydis's stormy, violent life and what led her to become the fierce warrior she is. Certain events in her childhood help us understand her combative and competitive nature. Surprising for me was hearing her inner dialogue about love, how the deepest part of her yearns to feel loved and to show love, but she squashes it every time. Is such a warrior even capable of love, even the love of a Heavenly Father?

My love of history and cu
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was not like any other that I have read this year. It was outside of my normal reads, but opened up a world to me that was new for discovering.

The world was somewhat violent, but without being overly graphic, but enough that if you are squeamish, I would recommend refraining from reading while eating.

I enjoyed the underlying tale of healing from hurt and rejection that was very clear throughout the whole novel. If you like an unusual tale, pick this one up.
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HEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes contemporary mystery/suspense and Viking historicals. She enjoys writing about small towns, family relationships, and women who aren't afraid to protect those they love. Publisher's Weekly gave Heather's Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is "an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with fa ...more

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