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Depuis qu'Askeladd, un chef de guerre fourbe et sans honneur, a tué son père lorsqu'il était enfant, Thorfinn le suit partout dans le but de se venger. Mais bien qu'il soit devenu un guerrier redoutable, il ne parvient toujours pas à vaincre son ennemi. Au fil des ans, enchaînant missions périlleuses et combats afin d'obtenir des duels contre l'homme qu'il hait plus que to Depuis qu'Askeladd, un chef de guerre fourbe et sans honneur, a tué son père lorsqu'il était enfant, Thorfinn le suit partout dans le but de se venger. Mais bien qu'il soit devenu un guerrier redoutable, il ne parvient toujours pas à vaincre son ennemi. Au fil des ans, enchaînant missions périlleuses et combats afin d'obtenir des duels contre l'homme qu'il hait plus que tout, le gentil Thorfinn est devenu froid et solitaire, prisonnier de son passé et incapable d'aller de l'avant. Jusqu'à ce que la vie le force à regarder le Monde différemment?


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Depuis qu'Askeladd, un chef de guerre fourbe et sans honneur, a tué son père lorsqu'il était enfant, Thorfinn le suit partout dans le but de se venger. Mais bien qu'il soit devenu un guerrier redoutable, il ne parvient toujours pas à vaincre son ennemi. Au fil des ans, enchaînant missions périlleuses et combats afin d'obtenir des duels contre l'homme qu'il hait plus que to Depuis qu'Askeladd, un chef de guerre fourbe et sans honneur, a tué son père lorsqu'il était enfant, Thorfinn le suit partout dans le but de se venger. Mais bien qu'il soit devenu un guerrier redoutable, il ne parvient toujours pas à vaincre son ennemi. Au fil des ans, enchaînant missions périlleuses et combats afin d'obtenir des duels contre l'homme qu'il hait plus que tout, le gentil Thorfinn est devenu froid et solitaire, prisonnier de son passé et incapable d'aller de l'avant. Jusqu'à ce que la vie le force à regarder le Monde différemment?

30 review for Vinland Saga, Tome 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Provided you aren't turned off by being thrown into the middle of a battle, it'll hook you from the start. It introduces -or rather shoves you at- two important characters who obviously have rich and interesting backgrounds that will unfold later. In fact, after the battle with the Franks and Thorfinn's declaration of motive, we are given a glimpse into his childhood. But don't think that'll reveal the reasons behind his motive- it only introduces more characters, including a particularly intere Provided you aren't turned off by being thrown into the middle of a battle, it'll hook you from the start. It introduces -or rather shoves you at- two important characters who obviously have rich and interesting backgrounds that will unfold later. In fact, after the battle with the Franks and Thorfinn's declaration of motive, we are given a glimpse into his childhood. But don't think that'll reveal the reasons behind his motive- it only introduces more characters, including a particularly interesting half-dead one! A very good start to a promising series!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karissa

    I have been wanting to read Vinland Saga forever. I finally got a copy of the book for mother’s day and was excited to read it. It ended up being a very well done historical manga about Vikings. Thorfinn was raised on the stories of the great Leif Ericson, who told tales of a land where slavery doesn’t exist...Vinland. Thorfinn dreamed of going to Vinland, but his dreams were shattered by a raid of Viking mercenaries. Now Thorfinn is being raised by the very Viking mercenaries who killed his par I have been wanting to read Vinland Saga forever. I finally got a copy of the book for mother’s day and was excited to read it. It ended up being a very well done historical manga about Vikings. Thorfinn was raised on the stories of the great Leif Ericson, who told tales of a land where slavery doesn’t exist...Vinland. Thorfinn dreamed of going to Vinland, but his dreams were shattered by a raid of Viking mercenaries. Now Thorfinn is being raised by the very Viking mercenaries who killed his parents, they are lead by Askeladd. Thorfinn is an excellent fighter, but he is still a boy. He constantly seeks to defeat Askeladd in a duel, but has yet to succeed. Thorfinn is sustained by dreams of somehow escaping his current situation and finding Vinland. This was a very well done epic historical manga. Much different from other manga I have read. I really enjoyed the characters, the story, and the the detailed artwork. All of the characters have a lot of depth and really come alive. You really feel Thorfinn’s anger and want him to succeed, he is a very engaging character. The history in here is very detailed as well. You learn a lot about Frank, Danish, and English battles. There are also historical characters throughout (the obvious Leif Ericson, but also some kings of the era are mentioned). In addition to all of that there are brief recaps of history and recaps of where Thorfinn has journeyed to between each chapter. The illustration is incredibly detailed and absolutely magnificent. I really enjoyed it a lot. Overall this is just an incredibly manga, both in content and art quality. If you are at all interesting in history, war, or adventure I would definitely recommend this manga. It has a bit of an epic fantasy feel to it as well. I plan on picking up volume 2 when I get a chance. Highly recommended to everyone.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anirudh

    Brilliantly sketched. The story is entertaining as well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Athena Shardbearer

    This series is great so far. Vikings and dragons!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nyaore

    I absolutely adore this series, and hold it up as part of my Golden Trio of Seinen manga - followed by Berserk and Ravages of Time. Actions actually have consequences in this series, and the author makes no attempts to sugarcoat how the Viking invasion of England would have played out. Thorfinn doesn't start out as one of the most compelling characters, that distinction going to his commander Askeladd for much of the early volumes, but after a certain event that I won't spoil he begins to grow i I absolutely adore this series, and hold it up as part of my Golden Trio of Seinen manga - followed by Berserk and Ravages of Time. Actions actually have consequences in this series, and the author makes no attempts to sugarcoat how the Viking invasion of England would have played out. Thorfinn doesn't start out as one of the most compelling characters, that distinction going to his commander Askeladd for much of the early volumes, but after a certain event that I won't spoil he begins to grow into a much more complex individual. This is one of the few series I eagerly await updates for and will buy relentlessly once it's all released in English. If you're a fan of historical fiction, this is one series you cannot miss out on.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Very well thought out and very cinematic. World: The art is solid, there is a lot of detail and the art doesn't shy away from it. The splash pages of the landscape is especially nice. The world building is fantastic, there is little to no info dumping but the readers are very well taken care of. The world is displayed through the eyes of Thorfinn and we know very early the rules and the pieces. The art with the map and the house designs are also a nice touch. Well researched and crafted. Story: Very well thought out and very cinematic. World: The art is solid, there is a lot of detail and the art doesn't shy away from it. The splash pages of the landscape is especially nice. The world building is fantastic, there is little to no info dumping but the readers are very well taken care of. The world is displayed through the eyes of Thorfinn and we know very early the rules and the pieces. The art with the map and the house designs are also a nice touch. Well researched and crafted. Story: A strong start to a historical fiction adventure tale. The pieces are all there for a well written story. The pacing is well done, the emotions are strong. There are some moments of manga that comes creeping into the otherwise still and realistic tone of the story (the chain and the theatrics come to mind). It's a story told before of a child avenging his father and the pacing and framing has been done before. However, it's really well planned and written. It's a really good start. Characters: The characters are basic at this moment and fall into adventure tropes, from the young hero out for revenge, the father with the past, the family which you know is gonna all die. All the pieces are all there. It's well written, not too deep yet but well done. A very well written start to a series that I am feeling I'm gonna enjoy. Onward to the next book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    L.

    Many years ago (we won't say how many) I stumbled upon a website that had this manga posted, which is where I first began reading it. Glad I was able to finally get my own copy - and it was on sale which makes it doubly good. First I want to praise the artwork. My problem with a lot of manga artists is that they are trying to cram so much into one little panel that it simply ends up a mess. I can't tell what is going on because it is nothing but lines. But here the artwork is clean and clear, wit Many years ago (we won't say how many) I stumbled upon a website that had this manga posted, which is where I first began reading it. Glad I was able to finally get my own copy - and it was on sale which makes it doubly good. First I want to praise the artwork. My problem with a lot of manga artists is that they are trying to cram so much into one little panel that it simply ends up a mess. I can't tell what is going on because it is nothing but lines. But here the artwork is clean and clear, with the action scenes understandable. Top that off with a good storyline and complex characters. Would recommend this for young (but not too young) readers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kumasama

    *Score: 8.5/10* Great start for what promises to be an epic journey, superb art and setting, good characters, and solid groundwork and foundation. Hoping it will head into more unpredictable direction in future volumes as the first one didn't have much surprises. *Score: 8.5/10* Great start for what promises to be an epic journey, superb art and setting, good characters, and solid groundwork and foundation. Hoping it will head into more unpredictable direction in future volumes as the first one didn't have much surprises.

  9. 4 out of 5

    CHS Black Knights Read

    Reading after watching the anime, which is one of my favorites. Made me appreciate the quality of the adaptation from the original story. Sometimes found it hard to read tiny print, but otherwise it’s an excellent story from a lesser-known historical point of view. Highly recommend.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ricky Valles

    Crying when you're sick is painful. Wow! Didn't expect to get so into the story. Highly recommend. Crying when you're sick is painful. Wow! Didn't expect to get so into the story. Highly recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elias Alexander

    I never expected to enjoy this manga as much as I did. The history nerd in me was geeking out so much through this manga, Askelad a highly recognised name in the Norwegian folklore. And of course all the famous historical people like Leif Eriksson, Harald and so many others. Definitely a manga I’m going to continue with.

  12. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Sometimes pick up a Manga and smile, because it goes against the boring cliches. Is this the next berserk or vagabond? Just might be. 15-20 bucks for the mass amount of quality and quantity is perfect. The characters all feel well made, great art, well done pacing. Ends on a good note and makes you want volume 2, which I'm picking up tomorrow. Sometimes pick up a Manga and smile, because it goes against the boring cliches. Is this the next berserk or vagabond? Just might be. 15-20 bucks for the mass amount of quality and quantity is perfect. The characters all feel well made, great art, well done pacing. Ends on a good note and makes you want volume 2, which I'm picking up tomorrow.

  13. 4 out of 5

    John

    Have to credit my wife with this one.She read it first and told me i would love it.She was 100% correct.I loved the whole feel of the book.The story was told in a way that was interesting and exciting.Young Thorfinn adventure was one wild ride.Plenty of action and lots of heart.Will be reading the next volume asap.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Turaaa

    Vinland saga is a Viking era story styled after the 11th century Norse sagas. It follows the adventures of a young warrior seeking revenge. With many subplots, fighting scenes, political maneuverings, and historical references, this series is one of my favorite mangas.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Okay I really liked it. though it was a little too volient for me. There were several parts I really liked...I just don't think I like it enough to read the next one. Graphics were very good and the story overall was very good. Okay I really liked it. though it was a little too volient for me. There were several parts I really liked...I just don't think I like it enough to read the next one. Graphics were very good and the story overall was very good.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This was fantastic. Gorgeous art and great storytelling.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marquise

    Didn’t like the plot much, nor the characters either. This definitely doesn't have the same appeal as "Vikings." Didn’t like the plot much, nor the characters either. This definitely doesn't have the same appeal as "Vikings."

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jon Ureña

    This is a review of volumes 1 to 6 in their entirety. It was one of those times when I watch the first episode of the anime version of a manga and I immediately know I'm going to follow the story to its end. For this series, the moment was Leif Erikson discovering America around 500 years before Columbus. Its grandeur, its sense of risk and wonder, stays with you as you witness the characters you get introduced to carving out their little lives in the snow. When are they getting to Vinland? And a This is a review of volumes 1 to 6 in their entirety. It was one of those times when I watch the first episode of the anime version of a manga and I immediately know I'm going to follow the story to its end. For this series, the moment was Leif Erikson discovering America around 500 years before Columbus. Its grandeur, its sense of risk and wonder, stays with you as you witness the characters you get introduced to carving out their little lives in the snow. When are they getting to Vinland? And as you read the manga, you get to know what "getting to Vinland" can mean for many different people in mortal conflict with each other. "Vinland Saga" is a masterpiece. From "Berserk" it has plenty of the gore, the sense of facing imminent doom and a hostile world that you are forced to face through your cunning and fighting prowess, along with that of your soldier brethren. From "Attack on Titan", the despair of being forced to live in a cruel world, of birthing new lives into that cruel world, and struggling to stay close to whatever people you get to consider your family. The story mainly focuses on the goals of a few central characters: Thorfinn, the wrathful, vengeful son of a legendary viking warrior; Askeladd, a two-faced viking commander on a private path to power; and Canute, a Griffith-looking motherfucker and youngest son of the king of Denmark, a son considered too weak and shy to lead. The plot takes place during the Danish invasion of England, which also brings Iceland and Wales into the conflict. While mostly historically accurate, you still have the characteristic "larger than life" characters common in manga/anime, who are impossibly agile, strong, etc. The Japanese flavor for a conflict between completely different peoples half a world away works really well (see? "Cultural appropriation", that made up Marxist expression, is a good thing, and humans have reaped its benefits for their entire history!), although I suspect they manage to make many of the viking characters far more honor-bound that they would have been. The art direction is fantastic. The panels are often superbly detailed; not to "Berserk"'s or "Akira"'s authors' levels (but then again what is), but so detailed and full of life that I often wondered how much time they much have taken to design and draw. What impressed me the most were the subtleties in the expressions of many characters, helped by the fantastic writing. This is a manga without the over the top reactions that fit well in plenty of other mangas, but that have no place here. For me, the major brilliance of this story is a non-expressed one that maybe I made up in my head: you are introduced to Leif Erikson discovering America in the first episode. As the story progresses, for a series named "Vinland Saga" you watch the characters drifting further away from the West of that part of the world. Most get dragged into the hell of the war in England that claims thousands of lives. However, one after another I see characters pining for "Vinland". The vikings who believe that a glorious afterlife awaits them in a land full of earthly pleasures if they are killed in battle. The Christians they fight, who believe in the kingdom that awaits them in Heaven. Another character I can't mention because it would be a spoiler, who believes in the then recent-ish Arthurian legend of a past king who rests his injuries in a magical land far to the West, but that some day would return. Some of the slaves we meet hope to sail West to an unknown land ironically free of slavery and war. And most people casually involved in the brutal war hopes to be far, far away from the conflict. So far, "Vinland" is the hope for a life in which you can live in peace and maybe raise a family without the constant threat of doom in your vicinity. It ties very well with the philosophical musings included about "love" and what makes a true warrior. I imagine Isayama, creator of "Attack on Titan", watching Thorfinn's "birth" as a character and thinking, "yeah, I want that for my protagonist". Eren Jaeger's scene on the boat back in the second episode of the first season is strangely similar. As a minor gripe, I briefly considered giving these first volumes a four and a half during the sequence when (view spoiler)[Askeladd, Thorfinn and their band of vikings flee another commander's band while dealing with the heir of Denmark. Canute was a sore thumb, too shy to survive amongst men who had torn to pieces others before for seeming mildly cowardly. During that sequence some of the dialog seemed weaker in general. However, the story improved with some harsh decisions and a heartbreaking moment that led up to Canute's character growth into a, again, sort of Griffith-like incarnated prophet (hide spoiler)] . I can see, however, some women being put off by a story about violent men fighting against each other, and females relegated to birthing, housework, raising children and getting raped. When the story introduced Canute I thought to myself, c'mon, that's a damn woman in disguise to keep her status as a heir and/or avoid getting raped or whatever, (view spoiler)[but apparently, at least so far, he is a man drawn as a regular manga woman. Go figure (hide spoiler)] . Plenty of volumes to go even though most of the known characters have gone through enough shit to last their entire lives.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hamid

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Reread 4.5 stars A near perfect start to this beautiful story. The only thing that bothers me a little is the fact that we have a bit too much info before going into the flashback, the exposition feels kinda forced and the subsequent events we ‘re shown lose some impact (in the second volume) Apart from that, it establishes so well its world, characters and narrative. We’re directly thrown into a battle that show us who and what those guys are, they’re typical Vikings with all the violence and the b Reread 4.5 stars A near perfect start to this beautiful story. The only thing that bothers me a little is the fact that we have a bit too much info before going into the flashback, the exposition feels kinda forced and the subsequent events we ‘re shown lose some impact (in the second volume) Apart from that, it establishes so well its world, characters and narrative. We’re directly thrown into a battle that show us who and what those guys are, they’re typical Vikings with all the violence and the bloodthirst but I love the fact that they’re kinda humanized, it’s unfortunately their way of living, they’re having fun... The main characters are well presented, Thorfinn is a pretty straightforward teen with a past trauma that seeks revenge and he’s immediately relatable and likeable, he’s quiet and deadly, but clearly desperate and emotional, loses easily his temper against Askeladd, a really interesting villain, he’s cunning and manipulative, smart and a kinda likeable asshole It also presents some of its most important themes that define this story : we have Thors at the end facing his past demons (smth that every chara has to do) But primarily this duality and conflict btw true freedom and any type of enslavement in this fucked up world : we’re introduced to this utopia that is Vinland through Leif’s stories and Thors speech and it shows that people are looking for this life without violence, war... and on the other end we have Halfdan and his privileged asshole way of thinking , that he’s doing non hypocritically what needs to be done, i.e chain people literally or metaphorically. It goes against everything that Thors is and is living for (smth that is so important for Thorfinn character arc). I didn’t catch that before but Thorfinn’s opinion on the slave in connection to his pride is so important regarding what happens to him later on (shows again how narratively consistent this is) Love the fact that there’s already little stuff about patriarchal BS, questions like are women going to Valhalla, what are their value....

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joseph C

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Vinland saga is one of my favorite Manga of all time, Makoto Yukimura, is one of the greatest authors of manga ever to live. This book helps us understand, characters view point in a whole different way compared to other books. Vinland saga deals with topics like, differences in Ideals and clashes of religion and beliefs. The character Thors is a Viking that is known as the strongest in the land, and all he has ever known is death and killing and pillaging towns and villages. Thors eventually g Vinland saga is one of my favorite Manga of all time, Makoto Yukimura, is one of the greatest authors of manga ever to live. This book helps us understand, characters view point in a whole different way compared to other books. Vinland saga deals with topics like, differences in Ideals and clashes of religion and beliefs. The character Thors is a Viking that is known as the strongest in the land, and all he has ever known is death and killing and pillaging towns and villages. Thors eventually get sick of this way of life and decides to abandon, by faking his own death, and taking his wife and his new born daughter to fleeing to Iceland. Once they reach Iceland they start to integrate in the community and raising a family and have another kid, and his name is Thorfinn. Thorfinn is a happy kid who loves listening to stories and he adores his father. Thors is a character that is not very good with his words, but he tries his best to show his son, good things in life and what to value. Thors dies protecting his son from being killed, from Vikings that held Thorfinn as a hostage, it completely crushes Thorfinns world and how he views life, it shattered both his courage and his mind, and soon shapes him to become some who is dark and is mean and despises pretty much everything. Thorfinn becomes a character that is dark, and abandons allot of his humanity, to the idea of revenge and what truly matters to him in his life. After the death of his father Thors, Thorfinn challenges Askeladad (the leader of the Vikings that killed his father) to a one on one fight, to avenge his father’s death. Thorfinn loses the fight with Askeladad, and falls in to greater despair. Askeladad is very smart and uses Thorfinn after that, Thorfinn does whatever Askeladad says as long as he promises him a fight. This relationship between Thorfinn and Askeladad, becomes very toxic and good at the same time, because Thorfinn starts how great Askeladad is. I loved reading this series and because it changed the way I see and view religion. This manga clashes multiple perspectives, of religion and how religion, effects what people and how they view their existence. This is such a powerful theme in this manga and truly gets me excited about, reading more of it. This is very impactful anime and I think anyone would enjoy reading this.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Larkin O

    WARNING!!!!!!! SPOILERS!!! WARNING!!!!!!! SPOILERS!!! I really liked this book. The artwork was very beautiful the storyline was captivating. I love the story of Thorfinn and his struggles. I read a volume which contain the first and second book so i got a bigger chunk of the story which might slightly affect my opinion. His father’s death was the prime motivator for Thorfinn, so I liked that it show it and elaborated of Thorfinn’s backstory a little bit. The slave part came sort of randomly but I WARNING!!!!!!! SPOILERS!!! WARNING!!!!!!! SPOILERS!!! I really liked this book. The artwork was very beautiful the storyline was captivating. I love the story of Thorfinn and his struggles. I read a volume which contain the first and second book so i got a bigger chunk of the story which might slightly affect my opinion. His father’s death was the prime motivator for Thorfinn, so I liked that it show it and elaborated of Thorfinn’s backstory a little bit. The slave part came sort of randomly but I did like it so it didn’t hurt my rating of this book. I would say it’s for ages 10+. It might be to gory or just downright complicated for a eight or nine year old. I really liked it. Five Stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    Although I barely acknowledge the manga I read THIS MANGA HAS TO BE RECOGNIZED! I absolutely love this manga already just from reading the first book. I always loved reading about Vikings after reading Joe Abercrombie's Shattered Sea Series. For those that want to read more Vikings books, I highly recommend that trilogy! But other than that I'm glad that I gave this manga a chance. Especially since I've heard so much great reviews about it. I instantly cried in the end when we learn Thorfinn's Although I barely acknowledge the manga I read THIS MANGA HAS TO BE RECOGNIZED! I absolutely love this manga already just from reading the first book. I always loved reading about Vikings after reading Joe Abercrombie's Shattered Sea Series. For those that want to read more Vikings books, I highly recommend that trilogy! But other than that I'm glad that I gave this manga a chance. Especially since I've heard so much great reviews about it. I instantly cried in the end when we learn Thorfinn's past. If you're looking for a manga that will instantly grab you in the first book THIS IS THE ONE!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I'm a sucker for an action story, but this one was done very well - full of physical prowess, honor, and the moral struggle between protecting people and ending precious life. Although there are some classical themes here that are easy to predict (so far) having them in the Viking context added a splash of originality. Also I was surprised how much I enjoyed seeing the historical details of common life in Iceland. Sometimes exploring the backstory is an annoying interruption to the plot, but thi I'm a sucker for an action story, but this one was done very well - full of physical prowess, honor, and the moral struggle between protecting people and ending precious life. Although there are some classical themes here that are easy to predict (so far) having them in the Viking context added a splash of originality. Also I was surprised how much I enjoyed seeing the historical details of common life in Iceland. Sometimes exploring the backstory is an annoying interruption to the plot, but this time I think it really deepened the context of the world and the characters in a way that was valuable and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading more!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kassilem

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This volume contains chapter 1 through 4. The story is just barely getting started. All we really know so far is that Thorfinn was taken hostage and his father died to protect him. Now he wants vengeance but it seems like those he wants vengeance on are those he is living with. I'm sure it was all be explained in full soon. The artwork isn't bad, and I'm hoping it will get even better. I sure most of this series will be fiction but I do like the idea of basing it on the history of the Vikings. T This volume contains chapter 1 through 4. The story is just barely getting started. All we really know so far is that Thorfinn was taken hostage and his father died to protect him. Now he wants vengeance but it seems like those he wants vengeance on are those he is living with. I'm sure it was all be explained in full soon. The artwork isn't bad, and I'm hoping it will get even better. I sure most of this series will be fiction but I do like the idea of basing it on the history of the Vikings. There is such little known of them so it will be interesting to see a rendition of what they history might have been like.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julian Raab

    Here is a manga that scratches my historical itch... Set in 1100's Iceland and Norway, this manga is set in the time of vikings, raiding, and war between Denmark and England. We are introduced to Thorfinn, a youth who holds anger in his heart for the unjust death of his father. Each panel is drawn with incredible detail, burying small details for the reader to find as they journey through the carnage that the vikings create. It is clear that Yukimura took the time to research the history and to p Here is a manga that scratches my historical itch... Set in 1100's Iceland and Norway, this manga is set in the time of vikings, raiding, and war between Denmark and England. We are introduced to Thorfinn, a youth who holds anger in his heart for the unjust death of his father. Each panel is drawn with incredible detail, burying small details for the reader to find as they journey through the carnage that the vikings create. It is clear that Yukimura took the time to research the history and to portray it accurately for graphic novelization. I'm looking forward to reading more of the series and to watching the anime afterwards.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maca Almendra

    If you love Vikings and are into Norse/Icelandic sagas then this is for you. Even if you don't normally read mangas or comics I suggest you give this a try. It's loosely based on historical events and most of the terms are used accurately so you may learn a thing or two! The art is AMAZING, every page is breath taking and the action/fight scenes are very epic and thrilling. I could not put it down. I keep recommending it to everyone I know. I wish there was an anime for this and I can't believe If you love Vikings and are into Norse/Icelandic sagas then this is for you. Even if you don't normally read mangas or comics I suggest you give this a try. It's loosely based on historical events and most of the terms are used accurately so you may learn a thing or two! The art is AMAZING, every page is breath taking and the action/fight scenes are very epic and thrilling. I could not put it down. I keep recommending it to everyone I know. I wish there was an anime for this and I can't believe it isn't more popular.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Honestly, there aren't many mangas like this. Yukimura does deep research to make the story historically accurate (for the most part) and the attention to detail is amazing. The story throughout the series goes places you would never think, and if you like the characters from the start it will take you on a transforming journey. After I caught up to where the manga is presently I was left with a void, wishing more manga was this lush and captivating. Read it! Honestly, there aren't many mangas like this. Yukimura does deep research to make the story historically accurate (for the most part) and the attention to detail is amazing. The story throughout the series goes places you would never think, and if you like the characters from the start it will take you on a transforming journey. After I caught up to where the manga is presently I was left with a void, wishing more manga was this lush and captivating. Read it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    I'm reviewing the first volume like it's the whole series thus far. It takes a really long time to turn from a gritty grimdark action series -- one of the best of its genre -- about how badass this one superkiller viking kid is, into a pacifist road trip series about how violence is never the answer. I'm reviewing the first volume like it's the whole series thus far. It takes a really long time to turn from a gritty grimdark action series -- one of the best of its genre -- about how badass this one superkiller viking kid is, into a pacifist road trip series about how violence is never the answer.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Codepoetz

    This lengthy fictional saga follows viking history around 1000AD in the time of Lief Eriksson when England, Norway, and Denmark were all ruled by King Cnut the Great of the North Sea Empire. There were a bit too many epic sword fights for my taste, but I'm enjoying the solid plot and the rich historical setting, so I'll keep reading. This lengthy fictional saga follows viking history around 1000AD in the time of Lief Eriksson when England, Norway, and Denmark were all ruled by King Cnut the Great of the North Sea Empire. There were a bit too many epic sword fights for my taste, but I'm enjoying the solid plot and the rich historical setting, so I'll keep reading.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Michael

    Decided to give mini reviews on all 10 books. Book 1: holy crap. There are so many interesting characters here. I wasn’t sure if the Viking setting would do it for me, but it does. The art style feeling slightly cartoony, like an old animated movie, and I love that because it really clashes with some of the gore you see. I can see why people love this so far.

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