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Vinland Saga 2 [Kindle Edition]

Makoto Yukimura
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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


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 340719 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha Comics (4 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HX01LTY
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #440,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 3 Feb. 2014
Format:Hardcover
Superb! The first thing that blows me away as I open this book and start reading is the stunning art. Intricate, detailed, realistic, with a just a few traditional manga catchings; it is honestly the most gorgeous piece of manga of read to date. This book heavily concentrates on the Danes attack of England; there is much battle and that is the main action throughout as they cross England, Wales and Mercia. A lot of character development is undergone especially concerning our main character, Thorfinn. I've become emotionally tied to him but it is impossible to think of him as a hero at this point as his ruthlessness and vengeance are still prime in his mind. The plot thickens with the character of Askeladd, I looove that name. Intrigue, plotting, deviousness is coming into play with new characters also introduced including a joyfully killer warrior named Thorkell and the Royal Prince, Prince of Denmark, Canute. This is an intense historical title and I'm learning a lot about the time period as well as simply enjoying the story. At some point in my reviews of a manga series I make mention of age suitability and at this time now find I am in complete agreement with the publisher on their OT (16+) rating. There is extreme violence (this is medieval warfare in all its gory glory), not much language but when it is used it goes right to the most vulgar words, this volume contains a rape-for-fun scene and that is the type of thing that can be expected in future. So, no, I will not be passing this on to my 13yo. I myself though cannot wait for the next volume to come out especially now that things have become exciting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars best of the best 13 Oct. 2014
By Mantas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably my most favorite of ALL TIME!! 25 Jan. 2014
By Lola - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First and foremost, it is the art in it that got me absolutely and madly hooked. Then, upon reading it I got sucked in by the story. And yes, there is violence and gore but it is never gratuitous because it serves the purpose of telling the story which by the way is pretty darn amazing. Mr. Makoto Yukimura is a sharp artist as well as an amazing story teller. Even my kids who aren't at all into history are loving this...The portrayal of the Vikings in this manga is real and raw and unforgiving but such is reality too...The story incorporating a fictional character into it makes it all the more interesting and wanting you to read more. I recommend this to those who love medieval times, Vikings and a good sound story without any trace of sci-fi or fantasy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 3 Feb. 2014
By Nicola Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Superb! The first thing that blows me away as I open this book and start reading is the stunning art. Intricate, detailed, realistic, with a just a few traditional manga catchings; it is honestly the most gorgeous piece of manga of read to date. This book heavily concentrates on the Danes attack of England; there is much battle and that is the main action throughout as they cross England, Wales and Mercia. A lot of character development is undergone especially concerning our main character, Thorfinn. I've become emotionally tied to him but it is impossible to think of him as a hero at this point as his ruthlessness and vengeance are still prime in his mind. The plot thickens with the character of Askeladd, I looove that name. Intrigue, plotting, deviousness is coming into play with new characters also introduced including a joyfully killer warrior named Thorkell and the Royal Prince, Prince of Denmark, Canute. This is an intense historical title and I'm learning a lot about the time period as well as simply enjoying the story. At some point in my reviews of a manga series I make mention of age suitability and at this time now find I am in complete agreement with the publisher on their OT (16+) rating. There is extreme violence (this is medieval warfare in all its gory glory), not much language but when it is used it goes right to the most vulgar words, this volume contains a rape-for-fun scene and that is the type of thing that can be expected in future. So, no, I will not be passing this on to my 13yo. I myself though cannot wait for the next volume to come out especially now that things have become exciting!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood and thunder 2 Mar. 2014
By Ryker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an amazing series to read. For those who are looking at this and some how haven't read the first volume then i guess there will need to be a bit of an explanation as to why this series is worth picking up. Vinland Saga is about a young man named Thorfin who follows a band of mercenaries in order to challenge the leader in one on one honorable battle, to avenge his father who was slain by the leader. It's a rather bloody and detailed manga that is comparable to the likes of Berserk. The battle's and fights are epic, and the story is enticing. I would go into more detail, but I don't want to spoil things, If you read the first volume and liked it, you will not be disappointed with this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning and engrossing; wonderful epic historical manga 25 Aug. 2014
By Karissa Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second omnibus in the Vinland Saga historical manga series. I continue to be blown away by the incredible artwork, wonderful characterization, and excellent story in this series.

Askeladd and his band of warriors continue rampaging through England and end up in battle with London where they meet the rather viciously hilarious Thorkill. We also meet Prince Canute whom Askeladd decides to go on a mission and rescue in order to win the Danish King Sweyn’s favor. Whoever holds Prince Canute holds the keys to both the thrones of England and Denmark and Askeladd has large ambitions.

We also get a lot more backstory on Thorfinn. We find out some of the things he had to do when he was younger to survive and how he lost his family. Thorfinn is a fantastic character that is hard not to love.

The addition of Thorkill was awesome...he is so enthusiastically evil and such an awesome fighter. Prince Canute is another interesting addition to the story.

There is a ton of war and action in this volume. We see a lot of the horrors of war (there is also quite a bit of swearing, rape, and dismemberment) so I would recommend for adult readers only.

The illustration is amazingly detailed, even the backgrounds are very realistic. Character expression is very well done as well. There are a ton of characters in the story but I never have trouble telling them apart.

The story is still epic in proportions. I continue to enjoy the historical summaries at the end of each chapter. This is just really a very high quality epic historical fantasy manga and is really unlike anything I have ever read before.

Overall an absolutely fantastic epic historical manga. The illustration is fantastic, the characters are complex and interesting, and the story is fascinating. I strongly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys manga. Really it is incredibly well done.
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's much more fun... to fight against YOU." 14 Aug. 2014
By para - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This omnibus collects volumes 3 and 4 of Vinland Saga (as originally published).

It's likely easy enough to pick up the basics of Vinland Saga and follow along starting here, but the first double-volume omnibus established a significant amount of lore and characters. It would be much better to go back to the beginning.

Yukimura's dense viking epic continues as Askeladd's band takes its place among King Sweyn's army as they overrun England. Troubles in London bring the king's son into a central role and might open the door for Askeladd's own agenda to proceed. Among it all Thorfinn of course continues to work towards his opportunity for revenge.

Vinland Saga is clicking perfectly on all levels. It provides interesting historical context and deep political and philosophical intrigue behind compelling character journeys. Volume 3 introduces the incredible character Thorkell and contains riveting twists and complications. It also flushes out Thorfinn's past and character some more with a couple of flashbacks. Volume 4 sees Prince Canute targeted by various schemes and strategies, and the politics of the region forcing all involved to adjust and adapt. Everything unfolds naturally and is carefully paced, drawing the reader in and conveying all actions evenly and without judgment.

The art is gorgeous and every bit the equal of Yukimura's phenomenal story.

Vinland Saga has quickly become one of my all-time favorite manga and this second omnibus is just as impressive as the first. Highly recommended.
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