Vinland Saga: Volume 5

Vinland Saga: Volume 5

Book rating: 05 Hardback Vinland Saga

By (author) Makoto Yukimura

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  • Publisher: Kodansha Comics
  • Format: Hardback | 1 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 206mm x 42mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 31 October 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1612624243
  • ISBN 13: 9781612624242
  • Illustrations note: chiefly illustrations (black and white)
  • Sales rank: 19,738

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At the turn of the 11th century, the North Sea is in the grip of the Viking terror. The clever Askeladd leads his small band of mercenaries into London, with the aid of the ruthless young Thorfinn, son of a warrior in the dreaded Jomsvikings. But this is an alliance of convenience - Thorfinn has sworn to kill ASskeladd one day to avenge his father's death.

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By Nicola Mansfield 19 Oct 2014 5

Thankfully this complex manga starts with a brief characters and 'story so far' introduction page. This volume starts with the beginnings of a whole new phase. If it were a TV show, this would be season 2. Without going into too much detail, Thorfinn no longer has his revenge and is working in the fields with his first ever friend. He has some antagonistic moments and reveals his past to this new friend. At first he just wants to die but upon realizing he doesn't really, he starts to ask himself what is it that he should live for. Meanwhile the battle between the Danes and England continues on. The English have a few more Kings but Canute keeps up the battle and has become battle hardened, sly and crafty. He's even grown more manly, looking very different now. We finish Vol. 9 with Canute finally becoming King of England. Then comes the second half of the book, Vol. 10 and OMG! Absolutely fantastic! Thorfinn takes a turn. This is a violent volume but its theme is rebirth; Valhalla is examined against the Christian concept of Hell and oh man, as a Christian myself I found this chapter utterly amazing and full of Christian allegory. I can't wait for the next volume! I also read the author interview at the end of this book (which I'm usually not interested in) because it started with Yukimura's interest in theology. Intriguing.