Vinland Saga 1 Hardback
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 472 pages, 1 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc
- Publication Date: 10/10/2013
- Category: Manga
- ISBN: 9781612624204
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Review by ElizaJane
I have not ever read a manga anything like this before. An epic sweeping Viking historical fiction saga that reads like a novel. Absolutely brilliant. This English translation actually combines books 1 and 2 of the original Japanese giving us a magnificent starting volume. Starting off in Thorfinn's present the reader is introduced to the situation he is currently to be found then the rest of the book goes back into the past to tell his father's story and how Thorfinn came to be the avenging youth he is today. An epic story full of historical detail; Frankish, Dane, English battles with each other and the Vikings, pirates, mercenaries, and tales of exploration from Leif Ericson himself. Since Ericson is a true historical figure it makes me wonder if any of the other characters, perhaps minor ones, are historically true, but I don't recognise any names and there are a lot of people passing through so I'm not about to look them all up. Anyway. An engrossing read that had me glued to the pages! The art is astounding! The backgrounds are highly detailed and intricate making beautiful landscapes and scenes. While most of the characters have the usual distinct manga facial features, the adult men are dawn more realistically and there are some panels which are wonderfully lifelike. There is a lot of emotion and drama in the story and I finds myself already heavily committed to characters. At the end of the book there is also a bonus story which is set in Edo period Japan and promises to continue in the next volume.
Review by krau0098
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.