Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Manga/Historical Fiction
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Stand Alone or Series: 7th book in the Vinland Saga series
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the 7th volume in the Vinland Saga series. I have been absolutely loving this series and this book was another spectacular one in the series. The illustration, the plot, and the characters are absolutely phenomenal and so well done.
King Canute is on his way to confiscate Ketil’s farm for his own use. Ahnheid gets caught in the middle of it all when Ketil finds out about her betrayal as well. Ketil is beset on all sides by betrayal and seems to be trapped. However, one man’s despair is another man’s fortune…and Thorfinn finds himself in the position to suddenly be free of all the politics. Even with the opportunity to finally be free Thorfinn struggles with leaving Ketil behind when he has some personal sway with King Canute…
The illustration in these mangas remains top notch and amazingly detailed…I love looking at the illustration in here. Characters are always easy to distinguish from each other, the story is easy to follow, and the backgrounds are amazing.
The story has been epic and very well done. I enjoy the comments between books on the actual history of the region and also enjoy the maps showing Thorfinn’s journeys.
This is a pretty emotional installment. What happens with Ahnheid is devastating (women really seem to have it rough in this series). The good thing though is that there is hope for the future too; I especially enjoyed the end of the book and where Thorfinn is going. I won’t go into detail because of spoilers, but it was wonderful to see Thorfinn have some happiness.
Overall this is one of my absolutely favorite manga series. This is the one manga I immediately buy when a new one releases. Everything about this manga is perfect. Highly recommended to fans of historical manga; or just manga in general. Heck, I would recommend this series to everyone…it’s just so well done.