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Book Review: When We Were Viking by Andrew David MacDonald

When we were vikings by Andrew David MacDonald

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

BUG Rating: 2/5

Overall: I really wanted to love this one 😭😭 I was gifted a copy by the publisher back in January and just hadn’t got round to reading it yet.

I was expecting this to be so much more than it was. Despite Zelda, the main character, being really likeable, the story just didn’t go anywhere 🤷🏻‍♀️ I did enjoy the writing style. The Viking element was interesting and unique which is what drew me to this book in the first place. There’s also some more difficult topics that are touched on around abuse. It just wasn’t the fun, empowering read I thought it would be 😔😔 (also… a lot of cursing!)


Sometimes life isn’t as simple as heroes and villains.

For Zelda, a twenty-one-year-old Viking enthusiast who lives with her older brother, Gert, life is best lived with some basic rules:

1. A smile means “thank you for doing something small that I liked.”
2. Fist bumps and dabs = respect.
3. Strange people are not appreciated in her home.
4. Tomatoes must go in the middle of the sandwich and not get the bread wet.
5. Sometimes the most important things don’t fit on lists.

But when Zelda finds out that Gert has resorted to some questionable—and dangerous—methods to make enough money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to launch her own quest. Her mission: to be legendary. It isn’t long before Zelda finds herself in a battle that tests the reach of her heroism, her love for her brother, and the depth of her Viking strength.

When We Were Vikings is an uplifting debut about an unlikely heroine whose journey will leave you wanting to embark on a quest of your own, because after all…

We are all legends of our own making.

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