Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Graphic Novel/Historical Fiction
Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: 4th volume in the Vinland Saga series
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the fourth volume in the Vinland Saga. The fifth volume just published in the US, with the sixth volume set to publish in January 2015. This was the best book yet in this series. I really really enjoyed it. The story takes some pivotal turns.
Prince Canute has decided to claim his throne and he will do whatever he has to to do so. Thorfinn, Askeladd, and Thorkill have all thrown in their lot with Prince Canute as Prince Canute journeys to face his father. This book continues the story of the Danish invasion of England and the more personal story of Thorfinn’s vendetta against Askeladd.
This continues to be one of my favorite manga series, it is just such high quality and so well done. The illustration is absolutely stunning and full of wonderful detail.
This was one of the most intense and, at times, most hilarious books in this manga series. As with previous books there is a lot of action and fighting. There is also a lot of swearing, rape, gruesome war scenes, etc…so I would recommend for adults only.
Askeladd and Thorfinn have a strange relationship. They both seem to need each other but Thorfinn also hates Askeladd, you see this explored more in this book than in any other. I loved that Thorkill was in the book more, he is such a jerk but also really funny…he had me laughing out loud a number of times.
This book really is the close of one major storyline and the start of the next. I am incredibly curious to see where this story goes.
Overall I loved this book; it was the best in this series so far. The illustration is phenomenal and Yukimura does such a wonderful job creating an epic and intricate plot that is never hard to follow. Yukimura has also done an excellent job creating characters we actually care about. Highly recommended to all manga fans, this is an exceptional historical manga.