Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction/Manga
Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: 4th volume in the Vinland Saga series
Rating: 5/5 stars
This latest book in the Vinland Saga series was definitely more of a transition novel in the series. The illustration is still beautiful but the story was less intense than the previous book.
Thorfinn was sold off as a slave at the end of Vol 4. He and his first and only friend have been working the fields and dealing with the anger of the fieldhands. Meanwhile Prince Canute continues to solidify his claim to the English throne.
Thorfinn has gone through some amazing changes. He is obviously depressed and has lost a lot of his fire and purpose. The book takes an interesting turn towards fantasy is a dream sequence where Thorfinn has to confront his past actions in a very hell-like place.
Prince Canute has also changed a lot. He has claimed the Kingship but there are other contenders. Canute slyly and ruthlessly deals with the contenders and solidifies his claim to the throne. His appearance has changed, he is much more manly and cold. The whole thing is interesting given Canute’s father’s claim that the crown is cursed and will corrupt all whole wear it.
There is a quick summary of the story so far at the beginning of the book (thank goodness). The illustration continues to be top notch and absolutely beautiful. I also enjoyed Yukimura’s comments about his thoughts on Viking society and comments about his life.
As I mentioned this is a transition story, we are starting a new phase in the Vinland Saga here and I am incredibly curious to see where it goes from here.
Overall another wonderful installment in this historical fiction manga series. I love these books and highly recommend them to adults everywhere. I can’t wait to read volume 6.