Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction/Manga
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Stand Alone or Series: 6th volume in the Vinland Saga
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the sixth omnibus in the Vinland saga. It was an excellent continuation of this historical fiction manga. This continues to be a very well done manga with lots of interesting history, engaging characters, an epic plot, and beautiful illustration.
Canute’s plans to become the ruler of the Danish world takes an unexpected turn when he ends up seizing the Ketil Farm to further his ambitions. Meanwhile Thorfinn is a slave on that same farm and is hoping to work towards his freedom soon. Things get complicated when Thorfinn’s best friend Einar decides to help Arnheid (whom he is infatuated with). Arnheid’s husband has escaped from slavery on a nearby farm and Arnheid becomes determined to help him stay free.
These books continue to be full of a lot of war, violence, and heart-breaking tragedy. I think they really do a great job of showing the stretches of boredom interspersed with war and violence.
The illustration, especially the background scenes, in this manga continues to be absolutely stunning and amazing. It is incredibly well done.
All of the characters have a lot of depth and are amazingly interesting and detailed as well. I continue to also enjoy the commentary on history at that time between sections of the book.
Thorfinn continues to be my favorite character and this is a hopeful book for him, but you can tell bad things are on the horizon. It was interesting to see how much Canute has changed since earlier books as well. The story’s main focus is Arnheid and we learn her tragic backstory as well as the story of her husband.
Overall an absolutely awesome continuation of the Vinland Saga. I am thoroughly enjoying this manga; every aspect of it is just so well done. I can’t wait to see what omnibus 7 holds for us. This is a highly recommended manga; especially to those who enjoy historical fiction.