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Book Review

The Raider's Promise by Lois Walfrid Johnson has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the fifth book in the "Viking Quest" series.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

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Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

As Bree, Devin, Mikkel and Leif explore a new land, Mikkel is excited about starting a new chapter in his life. Under Leif and Devin's examples and teachings, Mikkel's Christian life continues to grow. Mikkel shows signs of being a good and just leader like his father when he helps to decide Hammer's punishment for attempted murder. As Devin sees Mikkel's feelings for Bree grow, he feels the need to warn him off. Devin wants Bree to have a chance to marry an Irishman not a Norseman. Mikkel promises to keep his distance, but still keeps an eye on Bree because he knows the kind of trouble she can get into. As the group returns to Greenland after their great adventure, Mikkel immediately prepares to take Devin and Bree to Ireland as he has promised. Much to their amazement, Mikkel plans not only to pay back what he has taken, but also to make full restitution. Devin and Bree are thrilled to see the change that God has worked in Mikkel's life.

Christian Beliefs

The story mainly focuses on how to walk the Christian faith. Mikkel has become a Christian but needs to figure out how to live the daily life of a Christian. Devin and Bree have been Christians for a long time, but they also need to live their lives in a way that is honoring to God. Because Devin and Bree have chosen to continually forgive Mikkel, they are able to form a strong friendship with him. As God changes Mikkel, Mikkel is surprised at how his former goals hold no allure for him. Another theme that runs through the book is forgiveness. Mikkel is surprised by the forgiveness readily given to him by Brother Cronan, Bjorn and the O'Toole family.

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Authority Roles

Leif has authority over Mikkel, Devin and Bree during the voyage. Leif is a kind, just, Christian leader, who mentors Mikkel before and during the voyage. Brother Cronan, Bjorn, Aiden O'Toole and Mam O'Toole are in authority over Mikkel when he travels to Ireland. They show compassion and mercy toward the person who has changed their lives forever. Mikkel also submits to Aiden and Mam's authority when he wishes to marry Bree.




When Mikkel leaves Bree the first time, he kisses her hand. At the end of the book, Mikkel holds Bree's hand and puts his arm around her as he proposes marriage.

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Readability Age Range

10 to 14


Lois Walfrid Johnson






Record Label



Moody Publishers


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