God's Daughter : Vikings of the New World Saga

  • by Heather Day Gilbert
  • Narrated by Becky Doughty
  • Series: Vikings of the New World Saga
  • 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One Viking woman. One God. One legendary journey to North America.
In the 10th century, when pagan holy women rule the Viking lands, Gudrid turns her back on her training as a seeress to embrace Christianity. Clinging to her faith, she joins her husband, Finn, on a journey to North America.
But even as Gudrid faces down murderous crewmen, raging sickness, and hostile natives, she realizes her greatest enemy is herself - and the secrets she hides might just tear her marriage apart.
Almost five centuries before Columbus, Viking women sailed to North America with their husbands. God's Daughter, Book 1 in the Vikings of the New World Saga, offers an expansive yet intimate look into the world of Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir - daughter-in-law of Eirik the Red, and the first documented European woman to have a child in North America.

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A wonderful story about the Vikings.

Would you listen to God's Daughter again? Why?

Through our childhood history lessons we know of the tall, blond, brave, Viking men who travelled widely and fought fearlessly, we can all picture them. However, now, in a story, we get the opportunity to consider the women who were their wives and mothers, and take a glimpse into what their lives would have been like in those harsh times. For this story is based on a true character Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir who was the daughter-in-Law of Eiric the Red.

It is set in the tenth century and has a very powerful opening with Gudrid, who is a Chief’s daughter, and training to be a seeress, witnessing a horrific act, one so cruel that it turns the young girl against her Viking gods, and sets her on the path to Christianity.

I have to say, this is a wonderful way to learn about the Vikings and their history in a very easy to listen to story, which is beautifully narrated by Becky Doughty. The author has done her research well, and we are transported back in time, with Gudrid, as she travels the seas with her third husband Finn, who is the leader of an expedition which is searching for the legendary Vinland off the coast of North America.

Gudrid, is, as one would expect, a very strong character, she is capable, caring, protective and strong for those who need her help, and yet she has a vulnerable side and is very beautiful which makes her the object of male attention. For a woman in her era, she has firm Christian beliefs, yet, although she follows them, she must obey her husband and follow the customs of her people.

Being an animal lover, I especially loved the female wolf, whom she rescues, despite its reputation as a fierce predator, and the ways it repays her.

Full of action and adventure, her story is one which brings into focus what life must really have been like for the people of those times, where the women needed to be as brave as the men and protective of each other.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this compelling story. The life of this strong woman, ‘God’s Daughter,’ whose story has survived the passage of time, is brought to life again through the writings of this talented author.


What did you like best about this story?

I have to say, this is a wonderful way to learn about the Vikings and their history in a very easy to listen to story, which is beautifully narrated by Becky Doughty. The author has done her research well, and we are transported back in time, with Gudrid, as she travels the seas with her third husband Finn, who is the leader of an expedition which is searching for the legendary Vinland off the coast of North America.


Which character – as performed by Becky Doughty – was your favourite?

My favourite character is Gudrid. She is, as one would expect, a very strong character, she is capable, caring, protective and strong for those who need her help, and yet she has a vulnerable side and is very beautiful which makes her the object of male attention. For a woman in her era, she has firm Christian beliefs, yet, although she follows them, she must obey her husband and follow the customs of her people.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Full of action and adventure, her story is one which brings into focus what life must really have been like for the people of those times, where the women needed to be as brave as the men and protective of each other.

Also, being an animal lover, I especially loved the female wolf, whom she rescues, despite its reputation as a fierce predator, and the ways it repays her.



Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this compelling story. The life of this strong woman, ‘God’s Daughter,’ whose story has survived the passage of time, is brought to life again through the writings of this talented author.

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- Susan Keefe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2014
  • Publisher: Heather Day Gilbert