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Greenland, AD 1000

More than her fiery hair marks Freydís as the daughter of Erik the Red; her hot temper and fierce pride are as formidable as her Viking father’s. And so, too, is her devotion to the great god Thor, which puts her at odds with those in power—including her own brother, the zealous Leif Eriksson. Determined to forge her own path, she defies her family’s fury
Kindle Edition, 444 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I 'm a big fan of Amalia Carosella and have been incredibly lucky to snag three of her books, including Daughter of a Thousand Years on NetGalley. So, to ask me if I would recommend this author would just be downright silly. Because I definitely would!

In "Daughter of a Thousand Years" readers are presented with a dual narrative in alternating chapters told through the eyes of Freydis, daughter of Erik the Red, and Emma, the Icelandic-American, whose father is an American politician. The central
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I listened to this audiobook on a solo roadtrip from Greenville, SC, to Baltimore, MD. It had my undivided attention. Mary Robinette Kowal does a great job with the narration, even tackling some of the Viking era names in a believable enough manner. I do think that since the book is so evenly divided between AD 1000 and 2016, two narrators would also have been a good choice.

There is a lot I should like about this book - Vikings, pre-Christianity, cold weather islands, check check check. But it g
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I was hesitant about Amalia Carosella’s Daughter of a Thousand Years. I’d loved the author’s earlier work and as much as I liked the Norse elements of the plot, I wasn’t sure about the dual timelines. Contemporary fiction isn’t really my thing and the last thing I wanted was to be disappointed by an author I’d grown to adore. I wavered, but in the end, couldn’t fathom not reading the book so I bit the bullet and jumped in.

Jan 13, 2017 marked it as dnf
DNF @ 12%

Dual timelines! Iceland! Thor! And…Viking romance you say??


Alas, I never got to the hot Vikings bit, if that was even a possibility. The bit I did read didn’t amount to much other than a complete dwelling on religion. In 1000 AD, Freydís is battling to retain her belief in the old gods as everyone around her is being converted to a belief in one god. In present day, Emma is battling to retain her belief in the old gods… in a society that hasn’t recognized those gods in centurie
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"Daughter of a Thousand Years" is the story of two women in two different time periods. Freydis is in Greenland in the late 900s and early 1000s. She is a fervent believer in the Norse gods and is struggling to hold firm to her beliefs in light of Christianity that seems to be sweeping over her land. Pushed to defend her beliefs, Freydis will be called on to question what she will change and what she will not change to please others.

In 2016, professor Emma is going through a challenge that echo
Jenny Q
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Two women, similar struggles, one thousand years apart.

Freydis, only daughter of Erik the Red, is faced with a decision: marry a man she doesn't love or respect in the hopes of one day commanding her own sailing ship, or face an uncertain future under her brother's thumb in a land rapidly converting to Christianity and abandoning the faith and traditions that are so important to her. Against counsel, she chooses marriage and discovers that it s
Mary Eve
Daughter of a Thousand Years

How far will two pagan women go to exercise their religious freedom? Inspired by THE FINLAND SAGAS, Carosella revisits Norse history, religious conversion, and what it means to fight for one's beliefs.

DAUGHTER OF A THOUSAND YEARS has dual storylines: past and present. I found the legendary life of Freydís Thorswoman, daughter of Erik the Red, temperamental sister of Leif Eriksson, to be the only interesting portion of a book that dragged on with more repetition than
Rick Cook
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Easily my favorite novel from Amalia at this point. The dual narrative structure of modern day USA and 1000 A.D. Greenland lets you see into the same conflict a thousand years apart. Emma comes to terms with her non-Christian faith in the face of family drama and political scandal, while Freydís comes to terms with upholding her non-Christian faith in the oncoming tide of Christianity to her homeland.

I churned through the book in a matter of days, ever needful of the next complication in the liv
Amalia Carosella
Jul 18, 2016 marked it as mine  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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reread June 2018:
I am really stinking proud of this book. Still. And to all of you who have chosen to read it, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for giving Emma and Freydis a chance.
Diana Paz
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is more than characters, plot, story - it's a journey of truth. The compelling characters and fascinating story are huge, don't get me wrong, but what makes this book shine is the depth of what these characters are facing. Identity at its core, really, when you think of what you believe this world to be. For fans of historical fiction you will be blown away by the authenticity in every Freydis scene, and the wonderful connections made between Freydis and Emma in relation to their very ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another masterpiece of storytelling spanning the ages and yet with a central core that captivates the reader through a superb set of characters and honest humanity.
Such a powerful theme not just of womanly independence and freedom but the question of faith and equality and respect. Themes that are still so important now, as well as back in the 10th century.
The reader can't help but become immersed in the world of Freydis and Emma, connect with their challenges against Kin, Laws, and Soci
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book isn't simply about two storylines, about Emma and Freydis, experiencing all the challenges they are facing. Both stories are very compelling and relatable, and i don't think this book could be released at a more crucial time in today's society. Both Freydis and Emma face huge challenges throughout their stories and it shows the importance of religious diversity, accepting people for who they are and allowing individuals to have the space to find their passion. This message is shown acr ...more
Anna Henke
A dual-time narrative with a historical spotlight on the Norse sagas, this is a page-turner with a light touch of romance and contemporary politics. Daughter of a Thousand Years is well written, very compelling, and extremely enjoyable. It has relevant things to say about respecting religious freedom. I recommend it!

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Carole Rae
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy drama! This was steeped in drama. Also, this also showed how times have not changed from 1000 AD to today. Religion is a huge issue that society is still dealing with. Which it really shouldn't an issue in my opinion.

The story follows Emma is a modern girl who was raised Catholic, but it has never felt right. Things happen and her secret of being a "pagan"/"heathen" because she worships Thor and the other Norse gods is brought out to light at the worse time. She has to deal if she wants to
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book almost one week ago. Usually I write a review within two days of finishing a book. But this one was different. This one was personal.

First and foremost, this book is brilliant. It is brilliant.

My great-great grandparents on my father's side emigrated to the United States from Norway. My great-great grandfather's name was "Thorbjørn." His father was named after Thor, as was his father. The farther back on my tree that you go, the more you see names like "Odin," "Frigg," "Fr
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read most of her other books, which are all rooted in historical myths where she takes creative liberties with exploring well-known mythological characters and their struggles with breaking with societal norms. Each book has been amazing and this one might be my new favorite. She juxtaposes two women 1) Freydis, a pagan during the Christian conversion of Greenland who is also a well-known character from the Norse Sagas, and 2) Emma, a New England history professor struggling with her belief ...more
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
I won this novel to review in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Daughter of a Thousand Years follows the stories of two pagan women: Freydis, living around the year 1000, and Emma, a young woman living in 2016. Freydis is the daughter of Erik the Red, and she is struggling with her ability to openly worship her pagan gods while Christianity is sweeping Greenland. She also struggles with finding her place among her people and marrying a man she does not love. Emma is a professor teaching history c
Sonja Phipps
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read when you're sick of weak women

I am so sick of female main characters who make weak decisions and overreact at simple misunderstandings. So reading about two women who are strong, following their hearts, apologizing where appropriate, but not compromising their beliefs, was delicious. The Viking age portions felt like they were standing on solid research rather than a desire to take advantage of current trends in media. And the modern day explored some of the challenges faced b
Naomi Ruth
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me longer to read than I thought it would, because it hit a little close to home sometimes than I had expected it to. I loved the interpretation of Freydis, as I always wanted more of her when I read that saga. And, of course, loved Sonnung. But what I loved the most about this book was Emma's story. The end of chapter 44, especially, gave me the feels. "Because whatever happened, whatever came next, I didn't have to hide anymore or pretend to be anything that I wasn't. I'd been i ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting interpretation of Norse mythology

This novel is told in two voices, Freydis, daughter of Erik the Red, and Emma, a young woman of this current time, daughter of a Congressman up for reelection. I have not only gained a greater understanding of a time in history I knew little to nothing about, I have also gained a greater empathy for those whose faith tradition varies far from those accepted by the mainstream. I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest re
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
This could stand to lose about 50 pages, and Freydis' storyline is far more interesting than that of her modern counterpart, Emma.

Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Freydís is the daughter of Erik the Red in 1000 AD Greenland. Much like her father and brothers, she is fiery and passionate. However, Freydís is passionate about the old gods while Christianity is spreading throughout her people and her family. Freydís' devotion to Thor now marks her as different. She is still determined to make her own fate and practice in her own way, regardless of her brother's or husband's wishes. When the opportunity arises to sail away to Vinland with a man who shares her ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
The author has written Daughter of a Thousand Years in dual time periods. Here we have two women born a thousand years apart and yet have the same struggles.

In present day there is Emma, daughter of a congressman up for reelection. Being raised in a Catholic home has not automatically made her what her parents want, secretly converting to follow the path of Heathen she is forced to open up when word leaks to the media. The timing couldn't be worse and she is forced to make decisions that affect
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav-reads-2019
This book feels like a very personal book. I had previously read the author's blog posts so I feel that I understood the place where Carosella started this novel from. This novel is told from the viewpoints of two different women a thousand years apart, but united by their faith in something other than a mainstream religion. While I enjoyed the book, I found myself more interested in Emma's story than in Freydis. Emma's story was more impactful to me. Like Emma, I was raised a Catholic and explo ...more
Erin Al-Mehairi
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved Amalia's former Helen of Sparta series and you'll find reviews for those books and an inteview with Amalia on my site already. However, when I heard Amalia would be publishing a book featuring one of my top favorite topics, and I'm not shy about this one - VIKINGS - I was all in! I have to say that in looking forward to it so much when I actually found time to squeeze in reading it, I was captivated.

Amalia writes Daughter of a Thousand Years in dual time periods and with two female prota
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating and satisfying book. I loved the interwoven stories of Freydis (ca. 1000 A.D.) and Emma, in the present. The author specializes in two things: extensive historical research, and strong female characters. The characters live and breathe for us, and their struggles are very real and relevant. For basically secular people like me, the story of Freydis also helps explain the importance of religious conformity in pre-enlightenment societies, which always puzzled me. I mean, why ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Daughter of a Thousand Years provides a rare glimpse into the life of religious minorities. At a time when persecution of religious minorities is rising throughout the world, it is an important perspective to have. The story focuses on Paganism and Christianity, but the takeway can apply to any majority/minority religious balance. Interestingly enough, Paganism is portrayed as a former majority and ever-shrinking minority in the time of Erik the Red, and a full minority in modern times.

Many reli
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for those interested in reading Viking historical fiction and who are looking for modern day Pagan main characters. I am certainly doing this book a disservice with this shoddy review, but I truly loved it.
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, netgalley
It took me a while to finish this not because the story was uninteresting, on the contrary I was so hooked. We went out of town because a friend died and we attended the burial. After which, we decided to get on an hour boat ride to another island known for white sugar-like sand beaches for a post and advance all-in-one celebration of my nephew and niece's April birthdays. I was busy catching up with relatives and friends that I never had time to read.

I got Daughter of a Thousand Years from Netg
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two women, 1000 years apart, tied by heritage and beliefs, each strong, firm in identity and with a fierce temper, strive to live a life based on religious belief. I read this in a 24 hour period, unwilling to set it aside. The tension in each era builds to a satisfactory, if harsh in one, climax. This was my first book by this author, but will not be the last.
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Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too). For more information, visit her blog at

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