Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5-4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: 2014
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Volume: 1. 3.
ENGLAND AT WAR
The foolish King Ethelred has fled, and Askeladd's band is one of hundreds plundering the English countryside. Yet victory brings no peace to the elderly Danish King Sweyn, who worries that his untested, sensitive son Canute will never be ready to take the throne. The king's attempt to force his son to become a man places the young prince within the grasp of the gleeful killer Thorkell! Whoever holds Canute holds the key to the thrones of England and Denmark – and Askeladd has his own reasons for joining the fray!
"With its rich visual details, emotional pull and strong characters, this historical epic is an instant winner." - Anime News Network
Winner of the Japan Media Arts Awards Grand Prize for Manga and the Kodansha Manga Award
From the acclaimed author of Planetes
I must say that it has taken me way too long to get around to reading this series. It’s definitely worth picking up, for sure, and I need to hurry that up.
Askeladd is leading his band of Vikings around, invading territory and killing people and stealing. They’re all very unashamed of it all, and quite terrible, too. Askeladd knows what he’s doing, though, and is smart about it. It doesn’t shy from how terrible they are, though, and what they do to the people in the villages that they take.
Thorfinn is tagging along with him, having made a deal. Thorfinn is a good fighter, but he’s simply waiting till he’s better, getting stronger until he can beat Askeladd. I do think that Thorfinn needs to work on the smarts, though, as he’s not that good at tactics yet.
We meet a few new characters, but I’m not sure who’s going to be sticking around. I do want to see more of Ylva, though, because she’s a great character.
I’m hoping to pick up the next one soon. I really need to catch up with this series.