Mystery of the Silver Coins

by Lois Walfrid Johnson
Series: Viking Quest ##2
193 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by bookishbeauty387

An epic adventure story for fans of historical fiction, also great Christian worldview.


In the ninth century, Briana O’Toole has finally escaped from the Vikings. She, along with a young girl named Lil, are planning to flee over the Norwegian mountains to their homeland, Ireland. But before they have gone far, Bree learns she has been accused of theft. Will the pair successfully outwit the Vikings in their getaway? And how will Bree clear her name? Follow Bree’s journey to the mountains—and her journey to staying with God when times get tough.


Very good, with a firm Christian worldview throughout. Staying with the Lord, no matter what trials you face, and forgiveness of enemies are core points in this book. Although Bree struggles with her intense anger towards Mikkel and her other Viking captors, this is shown as wrong and she realizes that she has to make the best of her situation, forgive, and trust in God’s plan for her.

Spiritual Content

Bree is a Christian who prays regularly and sometimes hears a direct response from God. Bible verses are quoted. Many of the other Irish are Christians as well, praying and encouraging each other. The Vikings have their own Norse gods and only pray to them in desperate situations; however, one character begins to see that these false gods do not respond to his pleas and asks the one true God for help, with positive results. Another character superstitiously believes in trolls.


The Vikings tie up their Irish slaves with rope at the hands and feet. One character nearly falls off a cliff, but is saved. Two people traveling think that someone dangerous is following them. One of the Vikings has violent intentions when sent out to find Bree and Lil, but is told not to harm them by the Viking leader. See Sexual Content.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

Lil tells Bree that her cousin would like to marry Bree someday. Bree is clearly surprised, but nothing more is made of it. Also, when one Viking is sent to find Bree and Lil, it is implied that he has violent intentions (whether of the sexual kind or not is unclear).

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None that I can recall.


“Mystery of the Silver Coins” is a wonderful Irish adventure with Christian values for the whole family. I personally felt that some of Bree’s hatred towards her captors could have been toned down a bit, but since she is working through it with God’s help, this issue does not keep me from recommending this book. Overall, a great historical read!

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

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