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The Raider's Promise

by Lois Walfrid Johnson
Series: Viking Quest #5
294 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by LLizzieG

A fantastic conclusion to a wonderful series. Find the courage to win with Bree, Devin and Mikkel.

Plot

Captured at age thirteen, Briana O'Toole has spent the past four years of her life with the Vikings. She longs to see her native land of Ireland and be with her family. Her captor, Mikkel, has promised to return her to both homeland and family after accompanying him on one voyage. Always an adventurer at heart, Bree enjoys traveling with Lief Erikson's band and seeing new lands. She and her brother, Devin, have also enjoyed watching Mikkel grow in his newfound faith. However, they both worry about a secret Mikkel has kept from those closest to him. Will Mikkel return Bree and Devin to Ireland? And if he does, can he escape Ireland with his life?

Morality

Good and bad are black and white in this book. Even better, honor, chivalry, faith, honesty and loyalty are promoted, but the story is never preachy.

Spiritual Content

This story is written from a firmly Christian worldview. Devin and Bree are steadfast in their faith and share it with others. God's guidance is sought and He is looked to for strength in time of trouble.

Violence

Mikkel's life is threatened by a mob of angry Irishmen, but no blows are exchanged or blood shed.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

There is a very light, sweet, and God-honoring love story between two of the characters. Instead of taking away from the story as many romances do, this book is enhanced by the sacrificial love shown by its characters.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

This is my favorite book in my favorite series. A friend recommended these books to me many years ago and I told her I wasn't interested in Vikings. She gave me the books anyway and told me she wouldn't take them back until I gave them a try. She was right. Your reading of history isn't complete until you read this series.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

Review Rating:

Average rating: 4 stars
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