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Daughter of a Thousand Years Gave Me My Thought-Provoking Viking Fix!

Out today (Feb. 21, 2017) is Daughter of a Thousand Years by Amalia Carosella! Check out the synopsis below and then stay to read my release day review! I really enjoyed this book!

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Daughter of a Thousand Years by Amalia Carosella

Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Lake Union Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 442 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Medieval Romance

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 and clings to her dream of sailing away to live on her own terms, with or without the support of her husband.

New Hampshire, 2016

Like her Icelandic ancestors, history professor Emma Moretti is a passionate defender of Norse mythology. But in a small town steeped in traditional values, her cultural beliefs could jeopardize both her academic career and her congressman father’s reelection. Torn between public expectation and personal identity, family and faith, she must choose which to honor and which to abandon.

In a dramatic, sweeping dual narrative that spans a millennium, two women struggle against communities determined to silence them, but neither Freydís nor Emma intends to give up without a fight.

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 protagonists. Emma is in the modern age of 2016, the daughter of a politician and a Catholic, and Freydis, living a thousand years earlier, is a pagan, a Thor worshipper, and the daughter of the infamous Eric the Red.

I am not the type of editoral reviewer that rehashes plots, but in this book, Amalia explores religions of the different time periods and how the women, and their family structures, dealt with them. Emma has always been interested in Viking history, but as her family expects (in most ways) perfection, Emma finally finds the courage to be true to herself when she wishes to explore the pagan religion of Thor. As Catholics, of course, her parents aren’t pleased, so she’s brave to stand up for herself. Meanwhile, a thousand years earlier, Freydis struggles to stay true to her own pagan religion and family as the wave of Christianity and converstions begins in society. Of course, we’ve read or seen these themes before…well, I have since I seek out books like this out of interest, and of course, we’ve seen this juxtaposition in history between Viking pagans and English Christianity as the Vikings began their exploring (which is viewable even on the show “Vikings,” but for some reason, it’s not getting old yet. There are still stories to be told that speak to the bravery and courage of those who believe in their own spiritual depths, as well as those who choose to align with another. Isn’t this even a common theme in society today, that people need to understand each other, and religions, to make peace with each other? I think the dual storylines really showed the fact that this issue is still strong today.

I also thought that Amalia did a wonderful job of featuring two strong and fiesty women that have many similarities even if they lived so far removed. Of course, the history section was a favorite, as it’s my first love, and she has superb historical writing. There was more background and research, and as times were tougher, I think it only served that Freydis would be a bit more animated and have more to fight through in an actual action sort of way. But I thought she wrote Emma just as well for our time period, and growing up in the now, is quite different than then! She was strong in forging her own way, even if countries and treasures and survival didn’t depend on it. Possibly her family felt their careers depended on it, but really that is nothing to what they endured so long ago. Emma showed great fortitude in becoming her own original person and not fitting the mold, which does still take bravery, especially when it means stading up to one’s parents.

As always, Amalia’s writing is beautiful and captivating. Her dialogue and character development, which her books show she always has worked hard on, continue to improve. We can see the locations, feel the characters emotions, and cheer them on in our own ways. As I mentioned her settings and descriptions are wonderful to read. I do believe the historical lean that Amalia puts on her books, as opposed to strictly historical romance, make books like Daughter of a Thousand Years stand out.

If you like to be swept away in a good historical fiction read, and like memorable reads with strong female characters, this is a good book for you to dive into eyes first. Pick this up as one of your highlights of th first half of 2017. Fans of “Vikings” should like the themes in this book and get a more unique look at women of that time period. Contemporary readers may even find their foray into historical fiction. Highly recommend – I give it 4 stars in hopes that she keeps challenging her prose.

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About Amalia Carosella –

03_Amalia Carosella Author (1).jpgAmalia 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 www.amaliacarosella.com.

She also writes myth-steeped fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Amalia Dillin. Learn more about her other works at www.amaliadillin.com.

You can connect with Amalia Carosella on FacebookTwitterGoodreads, and Google+. Sign up for her newsletter, The Amaliad, for news and updates.

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Helen of Sparta: A Unique Story of the Independent and Intelligent Nature of Helen Prior to Trojan War

02_Helen of Sparta CoverReview~

It seems I’m reading a lot of books with strong, independent women lately. Helen of Sparta, by Amalia Carosella, definitely also fits into that scenario. I’ve always loved myths and legends. Mythology intrigues me. The story of the Trojan War I’ve always found interesting, but I did know little of Helen, not much more than the fact that she’s used as a pawn in the story of the Trojan War and a daughter of Zeus. When I noticed that Amalia’s Helen of Sparta would create a side of Helen most of us haven’t seen, my interest was peaked further.

I was immediately ensnared by Amalia’s writing style. Her fluid and alluring sentences drew me into the story, as well as her representation of Helen’s personality. I knew at once that Helen, even as a young teen, didn’t want to conform, which is something I admire in real life people as well as fictional characters. Her descriptions vivid and rich, dripping off the page, even in small moments. “His expression blanked into a king’s mask, the warm blue eyes becoming the flat gray of a hurricane on the sea,” is an example of her descriptive elements which really hooked me into her story.

Mesmerizing and interesting, Helen of Sparta had elements of torment, human terror, loss and grief, love, struggle, and determination. Due to experiences in my own life, I felt my heart strings plucked for Helen in her unwanted marriage to Menelaus. I considered her a fighter, always seeking out ways to control her own destiny. I appreciated the love story between Helen and Theseus, son of Poseidon. I especially enjoyed both her main characters and found them movie worthy: admirable, beautiful, and resilient.

This book, though one that made me turn the pages due to her writing, isn’t a page turner in terms of action. I don’t want to mislead anyone about that. There aren’t fight scenes or battles or war. The gods weren’t appearing left and right in fierce bolts of lightening. In fact, this all takes place prior to the Trojan War. It’s more of a character-driven novel, where we spend time getting to know some of these mythical people who haven’t had much background speculated on them before.

The ending left us feeling that Helen’s story was just beginning. She wants to be admired for herself, not her beauty. She shows her intelligence. She finally found out her place and who she wanted to be, which for some can leave them feeling as if the story isn’t over, and that’s true, her story is just beginning, so hopefully Amalia is writing a second book.

Sometimes people love myths but don’t want to slog through some of them. Many people enjoy the tale, but don’t choose to read Homer for evening pleasure. Yet, they don’t want a YA novel either. So this is the reason that Helen of Sparta might be a choice for them. This is definitely not a YA novel, with graphic sex and violence (not overdone, just true to the story). It’s a novel for those who want an enjoyable and original read surrounding mythology, with romance and emotional and apt characterization, or a book with a bit of drama and a redemptive outlook. It was traumatic and riveting all at the same time.

She intertwined nicely common mythology with her unique outlook and storytelling to create a woman’s adventure and journey. A woman who is authentically flawed, but all the better for it. A better and more understood Helen of Troy.

If you love mythology, romance, and epic reads I think you’ll absolutely love this novel. I can tell prospective readers that though it had length to it, reading the book felt like a whirlwind to me. I’m anxious to read Amalia second book in what I hope is a series!

Helen of Sparta, Synopsis~

02_Helen of Sparta CoverPublication Date: April 1, 2015
Lake Union Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
ISBN-10: 1477821384

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war—a war that only Helen has the power to avert. To do so, she must defy her family and betray her betrothed by fleeing the palace in the dead of night. In need of protection, she finds shelter and comfort in the arms of Theseus, son of Poseidon. With Theseus at her side, she believes she can escape her destiny. But at every turn, new dangers—violence, betrayal, extortion, threat of war—thwart Helen’s plans and bar her path. Still, she refuses to bend to the will of the gods.

A new take on an ancient myth, Helen of Sparta is the story of one woman determined to decide her own fate.

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Author Amalia Carosella, Biography~

03_Amalia Carosella AuthorAmalia 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 www.amaliacarosella.com. She also writes fantasy and paranormal romance as Amalia Dillin.

You can also connect with Amalia on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter here and here.

Giveaway~

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